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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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Baggage label from the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM). It was used by migrant Emil Haraszt who migrated to Australia in March 1957. It is part of a collection ...From: Geneva, Switzerland Images: 4
Unfolded single-sided accommodation plan for P&O lines ship SS Strathnaver. There are colour plans of the ship with black and white photographs of the interior. The plans show B deck wi ...From: London, United Kingdom Images: 1
Cabin Baggage Label for the ship Nijkerk from the Dutch Shipping Company (N.V. Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheepvaartmaatschapppij) on the Holland Australia Line. It was used by migrant K ...From: Port Melbourne, Australia Images: 3
Rubber traction pad from the countermarch floor loom. Pads placed under feet of loom to stop any movement whilst weaving. The Countermarch Floor Loom was made for Anna Apinis by fellow ...From: Memmingen, Germany Images: 1
Letter dated 2/5/1963 from the Commonwealth Savings Bank of Australia to Mr and Mrs John Myerscough of Liverpool regarding a transfer of funds from England to Australia. The letter was ...Images: 4
Unfolded accommodation plan for Lloyd Triestino Liner 'Gugliemo Marconi', circa 1963. The Gugliemo Marconi could hold up to 289 first class passengers and 1594 tourist class passengers, ...From: Trieste, Italy Images: 2
Booklet 'Australia Needs All These People', written by the Commonwealth Immigration Advisory Council, 1958. The booklet contains information about the British migration program. It is p ...From: Canberra, Australia Images: 5
Biscuit Wrapper from a packet of Arnott's Golliwog Biscuits. These biscuits, were first sold in the 1960s, and were made in the shape of the Golliwog toy which was popular at that time. ...Images: 1
Booklet 'Immigration in a Changing World', by Athol Townley the Minister for Immigration, published by the Department of Immigration in 1957. It is a collection of addresses by Athol To ...From: Canberra, Australia Images: 5
Rubber traction pad from the countermarch floor loom. Pads placed under feet of loom to stop the frame moving. The Countermarch Floor Loom was made for Anna Apinis by fellow survivors o ...From: Memmingen, Germany Images: 1