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Suitcase - Red Vinyl, Vietnam, 1978 Object Reg. No: HT 551

Summary:
This red vinyl suitcase was used by Cuc Lam, on her journey from Vietnam to Melbourne in 1978. In it she carried the few possessions brought to Australia by herself and her husband. Cuc and her husband escaped from Vietnam in May 1978. They spent time in a refugee camp in Malaysia before being granted refugee status by the Australian Government.
Description:
"Camel" brand, red vinyl suitcase with zipper. Hand written cloth label tied to handle with string. Small Qantas tag attached to handle with string. Hand written inscriptions on the suitcase outlining name, destination, flight number, boat number and refugee camp. Interior lined with red material.
Statement Of Significance:
This collection demonstrates the risk and desperation involved in the refugee experience. It is extremely rare to acquire objects from refugees, as by the very nature of the experience, people carry little if anything with them, and what they do is usually lost or thrown away. It helps tell the story of Vietnamese immigration, which has played a significant part in the history of immigration to Australia, and assists in representing the period post 1975, when Australia's new political and social policies of multiculturalism were being implemented. This collection also provides further insights into life in one of Melbourne's principal migrant hostels - Midway in Maribyrnong.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Cuc Lam, 2001
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 46.00 cm (Height), 15.50 cm (Width), 46.00 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: height includes handle

More information

Tagged with: immigration, migrant hostels, refugees, vietnamese communities, vietnamese culture, vietnamese immigration, making history - cuc lam
Themes this item is part of: Cuc Lam, Vietnamese Migrant & Councillor, 1978, Migration Collection, Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015, Immigration Museum
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: luggage
Inscriptions: Lid of suitcase - LAM HUU MINH/BOAT No: C.A.T. 0208/CAMP : E, Pulau Tengah./GO AUSTRALIA; Base of suitcase - FLIGHT:QF2/DESTINATION:MELBOURNE/ VICTORIA Hostel/LAM-HUU-MINH/BOAT No:CAT 0208/CAMP:E, PULAU TENGAH/GO TO AUSTRALIA; Side of case - L.H.MINH/GO TO AUSTRALIA (written twice) Cloth label - NAME:LAM-HUU-MINH/FLIGHT:QF2/DATE16/7/78/DESTINATION:MELBOURNE/ VICTORIA HOSTEL
User: Mrs Cuc Lam, 1978
User: Huu Minh, 1978
References: http://dl.screenaustralia.gov.au/module/663/

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