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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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Wafer Iron used to make communion hosts for the Catholic Church in Kobulkut, Hungary. Ferenc Mitlik's father became a church warden in Kobulkut in 1919 and inherited this iron with the ...Images: 5
This puppet was made in 1979 by Dimitri Katsoulis at his home in Port Melbourne and used by him in a Christmas Eve performance in Melbourne in 1979. It was a special performance for a G ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
Alternative Name[s]: Pistol This gun was made in the 1960s by the Greek puppeteer and popular artist Abraam (Antonakos) in his Athens workshop, and used in performances in Greece durin ...From: Athens, Greece Images: 1
Baggage labels used to record shipping destination on the P&O Line circa 1950s. They are part of a collection of shipboard souvenirs collected by Margaret Wood an officer in the Departm ...From: London, United Kingdom Images: 1
Blue-covered booklet entitled 'Towards A Population Policy for Australia', published 1976. Contains an address to Stable Population Forum, Adelaide, 9/8/1976 by Hon M.J.R.MacKellar, Mi ...From: Canberra, Australia Images: 9
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Monochrome photograph of St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, taken by the studio of Nettleton & Arnest, circa 1890. This photograph is part of a collection of 47 photographs of Melbour ...From: East Melbourne, Australia Images: 0
Black and white photograph showing Irene Jerzyk preparing for her First Communion at Midway Migrant Hostel in Maribyrnong in 1950, with her mother Janina. The Jerzyk family immigrated t ...From: Maribyrnong, Australia Images: 2
Wooden spool "Atlas Superior" from the countermarch floor loom, circa 1945. Which was constructed for Anna Apinis by fellow survivors of World War II in a displaced persons camp in Ger ...From: Memmingen, Germany Images: 1
This rectangular wooden-handled edge iron is part of Stanio Fancoff's extensive shoemaking kit. The edge iron family is the largest in the shoemaker's kit and each tool comes within var ...Images: 3