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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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These two black and white drawn printer's proof sheets illustrate Stanio Fancoff's women's basketweave shoe range. Created sometime between the 1930s and 1950s, these proof sheets were ...Images: 2
Newsletter 'The Good Neighbour' No.55 August 1958, issued by the Department of Immigration. It is part of a collection of migration material collected by Margaret Wood an officer in the ...From: Canberra, Australia Images: 7
Information leaflet issued to passengers by the P&O Orient Line. It provides details regarding the ports of Perth & Fremantle including history, shopping, hotels, and currency. It also ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 4
Wooden pulley from the countermarch floor loom. The Countermarch Floor Loom was made for Anna Apinis by fellow survivors of World War II, in Memmingen, a displaced persons camp in Germa ...From: Memmingen, Germany Images: 1
This partially completed puppet was made around the 1960s by the Greek puppeteer and popular artist Abraam (Antonakos) in his Athens workshop. This and most of the puppets in the collec ...From: Athens, Greece Images: 2
John Dunmore Lang, D.D., The Australian Emigrant's Manual; or a Guide to the Gold Colonies of New South Wales and Port Phillip. Published by Patridge and Oakley, Paternoster Road, Londo ...From: Sydney, Australia Images: 7
This piece of puppet material was made in 1980 by Dimitri Katsoulis at his home in Port Melbourne. Dimitri Katsoulis migrated to Australia in 1974 to escape a regime that repressed Gree ...Images: 5
Metal reed from the countermarch floor loom. The reed clamps to the loom beater and ensures warp threads are correctly spaced. It also packs the weft threads into place and it's width i ...From: Memmingen, Germany Images: 1
Newsletter 'The Good Neighbour' No.58 November 1958, issued by the Department of Immigration. It is part of a collection of migration material collected by Margaret Wood an officer in t ...From: Canberra, Australia Images: 7
This short-handled, shoe hammer was an essential tool within Stanio Fancoff's shoemaking kit. Used for general purposes, the shoe hammer consolidated damped soles and heels, drove nails ...Images: 2