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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 31 - 40) 866 items
Colour digital image of Bul Bulkoch and his siblings in Footscray. 2001. Bul Bulkoch was born in southern Sudan in 1983 in the same year the war in Sudan began. Bul and his family fled ...Images: 1
Colour digital image of Deng, Bul Bulkoch's father's brother, in the Sudanese People's Liberation Army uniform, Sudan, early 2000s. Bul Bulkoch was born in southern Sudan in 1983 in th ...Images: 1
Colour digital photograph of Bul's sister Mimi Bulkoch in Kakuma, Kenya, circa 1995. Bul Bulkoch was born in southern Sudan in 1983 in the same year the war in Sudan began. Bul and hi ...Images: 1
Colour digital image of the annual Cultural Day of the South Sudanese Youth Association, South Kensington Community Centre, 2002. Bul Bulkoch was born in southern Sudan in 1983 in the ...Images: 1
Colour digital image of Bul Bulkoch with sister and brother, Mimi and Garang, with Bul's first basketball, a gift from a neighbour, 1996. Bul Bulkoch was born in southern Sudan in 1983 ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of Yildiz Eyiam (nee Dervish) outside her family home in Polis, Cyprus, just before migrating to Australia in December 1951. Yildiz Dervish, born in 1925, mi ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of Yildiz Eyiam (nee Dervish) taken at her wedding in Polis, Cyprus in February 1951. Yildiz Dervish, born in 1925, migrated from Polis in north-west Cyprus ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of the Dervish family in Polis in north-west Cyprus, circa 1935. Yildiz Dervish (back row, right), born in 1925, migrated from Polis in north-west Cyprus on ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of Yildiz and Redjeb Eyiam, taken not long after Yildiz' arrival in Melbourne in 1952. Yildiz Dervish, born in 1925, migrated from Polis in north-west Cyprus ...Images: 1
Postcard featuring the ship that Joan Foster's family travelled on when they immigrated to Australia from England in 1955. She sent the card to her sister and brother-in-law from the sh ...Images: 2