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Book - 'Fire Manual', Commonwealth Hostels Limited, Fourth Edition, 1964 Document Reg. No: HT 24134

Fire manual issued by the General Manager of Commonwealth Hostels Limited in 1968. Issued to Hostel Managers, this manual provides instructions on how to deal with fires at the hostels. It sets out the types of fire extinguishing appliances installed, current arrangements with fire brigades in each state, procedures for dealing with fires, personnel for fire prevention and control at the hostels, training of hostel staff and instructions on how to use the equipment.

Hostel staff had to respond first-hand to fires until the arrival of the fire brigade. Fires were a particular problem at migrant hostels and there were cases of fires which resulted in death. The hostels were susceptible to fires due to the temporary and combustible building materials used, high numbers of vandals and unsupervised children, and migrants cooking inside huts and sleeping quarters, which was against the rules.

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.
Book with red cover and printed black text.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 255 mm (Height), 220 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, assisted immigration, settlement, refugees, migrant hostels, manuals, fire safety, migrant reception centres, -1
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Commonwealth Hostels
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Accommodation - Hostels
Tertiary Classification: publications
Inscriptions: Inscription: 'Commonwealth Hostels Limited/ Fire Manual/ Fourth Edition/ Issued 1964.'
Manufacturer: Commonwealth Hostels Ltd., Australia, 1964
Place & Date Used: Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, circa 1964-1970
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: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/search_tags.php?tag=migrant+hostel; Migration Heritage Centre website: http://www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au/ ; Agency Notes for CA 1649 "Commonwealth Hostels Limited, Central Office", National Archives Australia: http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/AgencyDetail.asp?M=3&;B=CA+1649

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