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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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Postcard of the MS Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt, a Dutch ship used as a migrant ship between Amsterdam and Australia from 1950 to 1959. It depicts the ship that Julius Toth immigrated to Au ...Images: 2
Postcard Folder titled 'Fremantle, the Western Gateway of Australia', Published by Nucolorvue Productions, Mentone, Victoria. It contains 12 full colour views of Fremantle, WA, includi ...Images: 5
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: 5
Protect Australia League enamelled badge, circa 1938. The Protect Australia League was formed in late 1938 and by March 1939 had over 2,400 members. It was composed of 'sincere men and ...Images: 1
Postcard of the Irish Bay Lines ship, MV Dundalk Bay, circa 1949. The postcard is stamped E. Stermole, and was collected by Erhard Stermole on his voyage to Australia in 1949. Following ...Images: 4
Small wallet sized photograph album in red vinyl, it was given to Julius as an 18th Birthday present, circa 1955. In 1957 Julius came to Australia after he escaped the Russian invasion ...Images: 2
Black and white photograph showing the ship Protea at sea in 1950. It is part of a collection which documents the migration experience of Juliana Brzozovski and her daughter Mathilde Ba ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph showing the ship Protea tied up at a wharf in 1950. It is part of a collection which documents the migration experience of Juliana Brzozovski and her daughter ...Images: 1
St Bride Foundation Institute medal in case, which was awarded to A.G. Maclaurin for the Highest Position in Machine , 3rd Year. Archie was born in 1904 in Westham London. He trained a ...Images: 2
Postcard with the slogan 'Show Mercy Australians Welcome Boat People'. It was issued in 2002 by Avant Card (# 6572) and was drawn by artist Reg Mombassa for Mambo Graphics. It was produ ...Images: 2