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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 51 - 60) 4600 items
Booklet 'Victoria for the Settler: Irrigation Areas', published by the Crown Lands Department in 1912. The booklet includes: instructions, hints, advances and general information for in ...Images: 4
Booklet Certificate with official record of vaccination issued to Barbara Condurateanu on 10 March 1950, to allow her to immigrate to Australia. It was issued by the International Refug ...Images: 4
Love token made circa 1800 in Great Britain, with the inscriptions 'TS' and 'LOVE & LIVE HAPPY. Love tokens were often commissioned by convicts before they were transported to Australi ...Images: 6
Travelling trunk used by the Dereani Family, when they migrated to Australia from Trieste, Italy in 1955. They also brought two suitcases and a bag, filling them with as much as they co ...Images: 6
Passenger Contract Ticket for the SS Beltana, P&O Line, Third Class. It was issued to Evelyn May Rowell when she migrated to Australia from England in 1921. A domestic servant, she came ...Images: 4
Certificate of Authority to Remain in Australia, issued to Barbara Condurateanu, 17 June 1952. This certificate was issued by the Commonwealth Government and allows Barbara to remain li ...Images: 4
Booklet Certificate with record of vaccination issued to Nicolae Condurateanu in 1949. It was issued by the Medical Branch Prisoners of War and Displaced Persons Division. Nicolae Con ...Images: 6
Document issued by the Commonwealth Employment Service to Nicolae Condurateanu in 1950. The document states that he is to commence work on 25 July 1950 at the Walwa Hotel, Walwa NSW as ...Images: 2
Metal Bracelet purchased by Nina Nicoletti at a shop in Tenerife in 1969 as a memento of the migration journey to Australia. Ports such as Tenerife (one of the Canary Islands of North W ...Images: 2
Brochure issued by Lloyd Triestino Lines, in 1967. It contains advertising material and information for the ships G. Marconi and G. Galilei. It is part of a collection of 175 items of p ...Images: 14