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Image: Vinyl suitcase (1970s)
Source: Museum Victoria
The Migration Collection provides an overview of the many and diverse people who have migrated to Victoria since the 1830s, their motivations for coming, the material they brought with them, items accumulated on the journey, and the objects they made and acquired after settling here.
This material is varied and includes personal effects, domestic and work-related items, clothing and other textiles, luggage, shipboard souvenirs, photographs, art and craft works, and personal and immigration documents. The growing collection of documents relating to Australian immigration policy and promotion, and the processes by which people are selected, managed and organised, provides a critical bridge between the personal narratives and the narratives of nations - Australia's and others. Local community activity relating to migration is also represented, including cultural organisations formed to maintain cultural traditions; government and community support and administrative groups, such as the Good Neighbour Council; and protest and political movements, for and against immigration, multiculturalism and diversity.Scope of existing collection
The collection consists of around 6,000 items relating to individuals, families, communities and organisations. Acquisition is primarily by donation. Objects include personal items, artworks, work-related items, luggage, costumes, textiles, domestic equipment, documents and ephemera. Almost 60 per cent of the collection consists of 12 sub-collections of 50 items or more.
There are also many objects in other History and Technology collections, notably the Numismatics and Transport collections, which have direct relevance to the Migration Collection. The collection also includes a modest oral history collection relating to individual and family migration stories, as well as discreet oral history projects such as the Immigration and Artistic Practice Collection, the South Melbourne Tramworkers project, Melbourne Migrant Women Textile Workers, and Australian and Migrant-born Female Glory Box Experiences.
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Postcard of the MS Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt, a Dutch ship used as a migrant ship between Amsterdam and Australia from 1950 to 1959. It depicts the ship that Julius Toth immigrated to Au ...Images: 2
Diary kept by male Irish Catholic immigrant M.P. O'Shea, recording his voyage from Castlecomer, Ireland to Melbourne via Dublin and Liverpool, on the Black Ball Line clipper ship 'Easte ...Images: 5
Table carved out of a packing case by a German Prisoner of War whilst at the Broadmeadows Internment Camp, circa 1939-1945, using a pen knife and a hot nail.Images: 3
Postcard Folder titled 'Fremantle, the Western Gateway of Australia', Published by Nucolorvue Productions, Mentone, Victoria. It contains 12 full colour views of Fremantle, WA, includi ...Images: 5
Certificate, Crossing the Line, it was given to Percival Alfred (Pat) Thomas on the Orient Line, SS Orontes, in 1955. Pat migrated to Australia in 1955, on the voyage he struck up a fri ...Images: 1
Information card on Clock Alternations, issued to passengers during their voyage on the SS Strathmore in 1957. It was kept as a memento of the voyage by Daniel and Christina Graham who ...Images: 2
Leaflet 'Health and Comfort in Tropical Waters' issued by the Orient Line, 1955. It details what passengers should do regarding health and comfort in tropical waters. It was given to Pe ...Images: 3
Programme 'The Red Sea Meeting' manufactured for the Orient Line. The programme was used on the SS Orontes, for a race meeting held onboard the ship on 11 June 1955. It was given to Per ...Images: 4
Bedspread, used at Enterprise Migrant Hostel, circa 1970s-1980s. This bedspread is an example of the standard types of basic items (towels, bedding and utensils) issued to migrants upon ...Images: 2
Cut Throat Razor which belonged to Jack Rasmussen who immigrated with his wife to Victoria from Scandinavia in 1921. Jack is listed on the razor as having played Mrs. Neptune in a mock ...Images: 1