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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 51 - 60) 756 items
Black and white photograph of a series of buildings at the A1 Heerte displaced persons camp in the Salzgitter region of Germany, 1946. This is one of a collection of 24 photographs tak ...Images: 1
Black and white portrait of Hilda Sterne, passport photo size, taken in Austria circa 1935-1939. This photograph relates to the lives of Leo and Hilda Sterne prior to their migration t ...Images: 1
Digital image copied from black and white photograph showing Giuseppe (John) Minniti on the evening of arriving on the 'Sebastiano Caboto' at Victoria Dock, Melbourne, 23 April 1950. Th ...Images: 1
Digital image copied from black and white photograph showing Giuseppe (John) Minniti on the second day after arriving on the 'Sebastiano Caboto' at Victoria Dock, Melbourne, 24 April 19 ...Images: 1
Digital image copied from black and white photograph showing Giuseppe (John) Minniti some days after arriving on the 'Sebastiano Caboto' at Victoria Dock, Melbourne, 28 April 1950. He h ...Images: 1
Digital image copied from black and white photograph showing Giuseppe (John) Minniti standing outside his home in Newel Street Footscray in May, 1955. This image relates to the small wo ...Images: 1
Karathanasopoulos family standing in front of their home in Patras in Greece, circa 1940. It is one of seven black and white copy negatives relating to the migration and settlement expe ...Images: 1
View of MV Fairsea docked in Fremantle, October 1957. 12 black and white photographs and 30 black and white copy negatives depicting Barbara and John Woods migration to Australia as a ...Images: 1
Portrait of the Karathanasopoulos (Karras) family outside a building in Greece, probably in the family's home town of Patras. It was taken before George migrated to Australia in 1928. ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph showing Leo and Hilda Sterne sitting in a cart drawn by two goats in Austria circa 1930. This photograph relates to the lives of Leo and Hilda Sterne prior t ...Images: 1