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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 1 - 10) 1647 items
Diary handwritten by Alfred Elder onboard the 'SS St Osyth', during his journey migrating to Melbourne from Scotland via England in 1875. His shipboard journal reads as a memorandum or ...Images: 4
Booklet entitled 'A Short Guide for Intending Emigrants to Victoria' issued by J.E.Mackey, Minister of Lands in 1907 in order to encourage and promote Victoria as a settlement destinati ...Images: 5
Drivers Licence issued by the Office of Road Traffic Authority to Barbara Condurateanu, circa 1985 and valid until 30 December 1990. Barbara Condurateanu was a Romanian refugee who sp ...Images: 1
Drivers Licence issued by Vic Roads to Barbara Condurateanu, circa 1991 and valid until 30 December 1996. Barbara Condurateanu was a Romanian refugee who spent World War II in a Russi ...Images: 1
British Passport issued to Evelyn Rowell in 1920. Evelyn migrated to Australia from England in 1921 on the Beltana. A domestic servant, she came out from Basingstoke to meet up with her ...Images: 4
Booklet 'Port Information Melbourne' published by the Orient Line for passengers travelling on the SS Otranto in 1954. It was used by Geoffrey and Hazel Tirchett who immigrated from Lon ...Images: 4
Booklet 'Orient Line to Australia, Colombo' published by the Orient Line for passengers travelling on the SS Otranto in 1954. It was used by Geoffrey and Hazel Tirchett who immigrated f ...Images: 3
Diary kept by male Irish Catholic immigrant M.P. O'Shea, recording his voyage from Castlecomer, Ireland to Melbourne via Dublin and Liverpool, on the Black Ball Line clipper ship 'Easte ...Images: 5
Certificate, Crossing the Line, it was given to Percival Alfred (Pat) Thomas on the Orient Line, SS Orontes, in 1955. Pat migrated to Australia in 1955, on the voyage he struck up a fri ...Images: 1
Leaflet 'Health and Comfort in Tropical Waters' issued by the Orient Line, 1955. It details what passengers should do regarding health and comfort in tropical waters. It was given to Pe ...Images: 3