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Booklet - 'Manual of Instructions and Procedures', Commonwealth Hostels Limited, 1974 Document Reg. No: HT 24150

Booklet 'Manual of Instructions and Procedures', issued by Commonwealth Hostels Limited, for use by hostel managers in 1974. It provides a summary of the responsibilities of hostel managers, instructions on public relations, procedures relating to the arrivals and departures of migrants, accounting, catering, equipment, plant and buildings, house-keeping, boarders and 'boarder relations', migrant services, staff and other office administrative procedures.

This copy (number 90) was used by Victor Sikich. Victor began working with Commonwealth Hostels Limited in 1959, (renamed Commonwealth Accommodation and Catering Services in 1978). He was a long-serving staff member of the company and worked at various hostels, including Enterprise and Broadmeadows. Victor himself had migrated from the former Yugoslavia in 1958 and was one of many migrants employed by the company over the decades.
Bound book with red leather front and back cover, metal tacks bind together the covers and typed pages. Title is embossed on front cover in gold.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 315 mm (Height), 226 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, assisted immigration, settlement, refugees, migrant hostels, migrant reception centres, procedures manual, -1
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Commonwealth Hostels
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Accommodation - Hostels
Tertiary Classification: publications
Inscriptions: Inscription: 'Manual of Instructions and Procedures'
Issued By: Commonwealth Hostels Ltd., Australia, 1974
User: Victor Sikich, Victoria, Australia, 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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