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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 41 - 50) 1647 items
Brochure issued by Wilhelmsen Lines, circa 1960. It contains about Wilhelmsen Lines cargo liners sailing to USA, Cuba and Mexico, Africa and Australia, New Zealand, Malaya, Indonesia an ...Images: 3
Brochure issued by Wilhelmsen Lines, in 1960. It contains about Wilhelmsen Lines cargo liners sailing between The Baltic - Scandinavia - Continental Europe, and to USA, Cuba and Mexico, ...Images: 2
Brochure issued by Wilhelmsen Lines, in 1968. It contains about Wilhelmsen Lines cargo liners sailing between The Baltic - Scandinavia - Continental Europe, and to USA, Cuba and Mexico, ...Images: 2
Brochure issued by Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes, in 1954. It is part of a collection of 175 items of post-war ship memorabilia collected by John McKay. John began collecting ship ...Images: 3
Official certificate stating that Nicolae Condurateanu, is a member of the camp police for camp no. A I Heerte, dated 12 October 1946. Nicolae Condurateanu was a Romanian who was place ...Images: 2
Letter from R. K. Dobbins of the Commonwealth Employment Service to Mr Mihaly Kapusi, dated 8 March 1950. After immigrating from Hungary, Mr Mihaly Kapusi's migration agreement requir ...Images: 2
Baggage Label used by Julius Toth on the ship Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt, dated 12 Feb 1957. In 1957 Julius came to Australia after he escaped the Russian invasion of Hungary, leaving his ...Images: 1
Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration label issued to Julius Toth on the ship Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt. In 1957 Julius came to Australia after he escaped the Russian invasi ...Images: 2
Leaflet listing bar prices on the Chandris line ship RHMS Ellinis. Built in 1931 as the Lurline for the US Matson Line, she was used for the San Francisco to Honolulu service. Operating ...Images: 2
Receipt issued by W.J. Stacey, Cartage Contractor to Mr Bailey for five pounds. It is dated May 1958 and relates to the payment for the delivery of brick sand ect in the previous month ...Images: 1