Similar items over time

Clock - Smiths Industries Ltd, Walk Clock, circa 1978 Object Reg. No: HT 24162

Wall clock used at the Enterprise Hostel, circa 1978 -1992. It was manufacted by Smiths Industries Ltd, circa 1978. Meal times at the Enterprise Hostel were regulated, and this clock would have been one of a number used in public and staff spaces such as the dining and kitchen areas.

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.
Wall clock with white face and a grey metal base. Numbers are printed in bold black font.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 326 mm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: immigration, clocks, assisted immigration, settlement, refugees, migrant hostels, migrant reception centres
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Accommodation - Hostels
Tertiary Classification: furnishings
Inscriptions: Inscription (front): 'Smiths;
Inscription (back) Smiths Industries Limited/ Clock and Watch Division/ LIC BULOVA'
Manufacturer: Smiths, Australia, circa 1978
Place & Date Used: Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, circa 1978-1992
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


jani shah Posted on 05 Feb 2013 12:11 AM
very good

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.


This item is part of the following themes:

Similar items

Yes No