Booklet - 'Welcome to Enterprise', Commonwealth Hostels Ltd, 1970s Document Reg. No: HT 24120

Booklet, 'Welcome to Enterprise', published by Commonwealth Hostels Ltd in the 1970s. The booklet provides basic information to orientate and assist new migrants to the hostel, including the range of services provided, hostel rules, and information about transport and other organisations in the surrounding suburb of Springvale. There are blank spaces for filling in the names of key managerial staff, Office Clerk, Welfare and Housing Officers as well as the accommodation block, wing and flat name.

The Enterprise Migrant Hostel, in Springvale, operated from December 1969 until it was closed on 22 December 1992. Enterprise was managed by Commonwealth Hostels Limited (renamed Commonwealth Accommodation and Catering Services in 1978). Enterprise and other hostels were the first home for many new assisted migrants and refugees, upon arrival in Australia. Migrants were charged for their accommodation and meals according to their income or had their tariffs deducted from their social security benefit until they were able to secure employment. The hostels were designed to assist migrants in establishing a new life in Australia by providing a period of subsidised accommodation, while they secured work and found housing.
Booklet with green and white cover with the logo for Commonwealth Hostels Limited printed on the top left hand corner and black text.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 200 mm (Height), 133 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, assisted immigration, settlement, cutlery, refugees, migrant hostels, migrant reception centres
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Commonwealth Hostels
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Accommodation - Hostels
Tertiary Classification: publications
Inscriptions: Inscription on cover: 'Welcome to "Enterprise"/ Notes For Your Guidance/ With the compliments of Commonwealth Hostels Ltd.'
Publisher: Commonwealth Hostels Ltd., Australia, circa 1970s
Place & Date Used: Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970s
References: This collection is also accompanied by a small archive consisting of company magazines, financial documents, and material relating to personnel and residents.

'A worthwhile Enterprise: the migrant hostel in Springvale', Exhibition Catalogue, Museum Victoria (2009); Powerhouse Museum website:; Migration Heritage Centre website: ; Agency Notes for CA 1649 "Commonwealth Hostels Limited, Central Office", National Archives Australia:;B=CA+1649

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