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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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Springs and washers used with 'Dubied' knitting machine, used by Edda Azzola from 1950 to 2000 for making commercial and personal clothing. This 'Dubied' knitting machine was brought to ...From: Couvet, Switzerland Images: 1
Black and white photograph showing the Ellerbock family sharing chocolate Easter eggs outside their house in Ringwood East on Easter Sunday, 1963 - 1964. The children saved their pocket ...From: Ringwood East, Australia Images: 1
Cream Knitting sample, one of many made by Edda Azzola to test designs prior to making a garment. Edda Azzola, nee Pugnetti, was born in 1927 in Moggio Udinese in the Friuli region, no ...From: Reservoir, Australia Images: 2
This greaseproof paper pattern plate was used to create icing sugar patterns on cakes through the decorative pin point holes. It belonged to German pastry chef Karl Muffler and was used ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
This metal flower pin was used for piping icing sugar flowers, the flat base of the pin then being used to lift flowers off surface post-formation. It belonged to German pastry chef Kar ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
Cake design featuring a butterfly and flower, drawn in colour by Karl Muffler and used by him during his career as a pastry chef and confectioner in Melbourne from the 1930s. This item ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 4
This cream cardboard pattern with its text of '10-11-12' referencing size and its diamond shaped hole (suggestive of a button hole), was most likely used by Stanio Fancoff as part of hi ...Images: 2
Commonwealth of Australia passport, for Mr Letho Sigalas, issued in 1930. Letho was the son of James Sigalas, a Greek migrant who settled in Australia in 1901 and opened the Anglo-Ameri ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Letter from Lili Sigalas to her daughters Danae and Babette, written at sea on route to Los Angeles, on the Matson Line, 12 June 1939. It was written during Lili and Letho Sigalas' 1939 ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 6
Shipboard Newsletter 'Giornale Di Bordo' (Logbook) issued by Lloyd Triestino Lines. Used on the MV Oceania on 20 October 1955. The newsletter is two pages in length and provides brief i ...From: Port Melbourne, Australia Images: 4