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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 11 - 20) 1647 items
Envelope for a brochure issued by the P&O Lines, circa 1965. It contains advertising material and information for the ship SS Canberra. It is part of a collection of 175 items of post-w ...Images: 1
Brochure issued by the Booth Line (a subsidiary of the Blue Star Line), circa 1950s. It contains advertising material and information about the Amazon Voyage offered by the Shipping Lin ...Images: 3
Booklet 'Land Settlement In Victoria, under the provision of the Land Acts 1901, and the Closer Settlement Acts 1904, and the irrigated areas, with useful hints for settlers', published ...Images: 1
Booklet 'Victoria for the Settler', published by the Crown Lands Department in 1912. This booklet was produced as a souvenir of the Royal Agricultural Show, and was issued under directi ...Images: 1
Booklet entitled 'Victoria for the Settler: Irrigation Areas', published by the Crown Lands Department in 1912. The booklet includes instructions, hints, advances and general informatio ...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
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