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Menu - Christmas, Commonwealth Accommodation & Catering Services, 1987 Document Reg. No: HT 24149

Christmas menu issued by Commonwealth Accommodation and Catering Services, used by residents at the Enterprise Hostel in 1987. On Christmas day a special festive meal was provided for hostel residents and the dining room was decorated for the occasion. For many newly-arrived migrants, the food at the hostels was a novelty as it was mainly traditional British fare, although this did slowly change over the years, however the menu for Christmas lunch remained English.

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.
Whit card menu with an image of Santa Claus on the front cover, and text in red and green ink.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 205 mm (Height), 250 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, assisted immigration, settlement, christmas dinners, christmas, refugees, migrant hostels, menus, migrant reception centres
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Accommodation - Hostels
Tertiary Classification: food
Inscriptions: Inscription (Front): 'Commonwealth Accommodation and Catering Services Ltd/ Christmas Dinner.'
(Back): 'Autographs'
Issued By: Commonwealth Accommodation & Catering Services Ltd, Australia, 1987
Place & Date Used: Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, 25 Dec 1987
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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