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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.
Items per page: 10 50 (showing 21 - 30) 5550 items
Document tabled in the Parliament of Victoria in 1881 entitled 'Chinese Intercolonial Conference'. It was printed in Melbourne by John Ferres at the Government Printing Office. The docu ...Images: 2
Train Ticket used by Julius Toth in his escape from Hungary. In 1957 Julius came to Australia after he escaped the Russian invasion of Hungary, leaving his family in Hungary, he survive ...Images: 1
Pay slip issued to Gyula (Julius) Toth by L & M Newman (Metals) Pty Ltd, for the week ending 5 June 1957. The slip records Julius' gross weekly wage as £15, plus an hour overtime. Juliu ...Images: 1
Group Certificate issued to Gyula (Julius) Toth by Jacques Bros, dated 10 April 1957. The certificate covers the period from 20 March 1957 to 5 April 1957. Julius migrated to Australia ...Images: 2
Gamming ticket for a football double, probally rugby, dated 10 May 1958. Used by Julius Toth. In 1957 Julius came to Australia after he escaped the Russian invasion of Hungary, leaving ...Images: 2
Group Certificate issued to Gyula (Julius) Toth by Joseph Lucas (Aust) Pty Ltd, dated July 1958. The certificate covers the period from23 September 1957 to 29 June 1958. Julius migrated ...Images: 1
Special Overtime Pass, issued by Joseph Lucas Pty Ltd to Gyula (Julius) Toth, dated 28 June 1958. Julius migrated to Australia in 1957, after he escaped the Russian invasion of Hungary. ...Images: 1
Group Certificate issued to Gyula (Julius) Toth by L & M Newman (Metals) Pty Ltd, dated 15 July 1957. The certificate covers the period from 29 April 1957 to 30 June 1957. Julius migrat ...Images: 1
Receipt issued to G Toth by Andrews Camera Stores, dated 26 September 1959. The receipt is for Astron Binoculars. In 1957 Julius came to Australia after he escaped the Russian invasion ...Images: 1
Guarantee Certificate issued the Myer Emporium, dated 23 November 1957. The guarantee has been issued to Gyula Toth for watch no 3392 for a period of three years. In 1957 Julius came to ...Images: 2