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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 61 - 70) 808 items
Colour photograph of the Ramsden familly in their home in England depicting Ruth, Lisa (Elizabeth), Kathryn (Catherine) and Bill (Basil), circa 1960. This photograph was probably sent t ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph in a cardboard mount of the Selby family from Creswell, Nottinghamshire, England. The photograph shows Raymond James Selby and his wife Hazel, along with the ...Images: 2
Photograph depicting the stern of an unidentified ship at sea. The photograph was found between page 334 - 335 of 'Practical Nursing Including Hygiene and Dietetics' by W.T. Gordon Pugh ...Images: 1
Digital photograph from the ship of Suez Canal at south end of canal, 17 November 1961. One of 84 digital photographs relating to the Ward family migration experience including their li ...Images: 1
Digital photograph of Government House and the shoreline, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, taken from the ship on 1 December 1961 during the voyage to Australia of 'SS Stratheden'. One of ...Images: 1
Digital photograph of a passenger ferry 'Pulau Aman' from the ship TSS 'Stratheden' at Penang, Malaysia, 1 December 1961. Pulau Aman (Aman Island) is a small island off Penang known as ...Images: 1
Digital photograph from 'TSS Stratheden' of ships in Singapore Harbour, with Mary Ward and her son, David, at the railing, on 2 December 1961. One of 84 digital photographs relating to ...Images: 1
Digital photograph of an unidentified white ship from the deck of 'TSS Stratheden' sailing out from Singapore, on 2 December 1961. One of 84 digital photographs relating to the Ward fam ...Images: 1
Digital photograph of Singapore dock from deck of 'TSS Stratheden' on 2 December 1961. One of 84 digital photographs relating to the Ward family migration experience including their lif ...Images: 1
Digital photograph of Singapore wharves from deck of 'TSS Stratheden' on 2 December 1961, showing the prows of two ships tied up, Norse Oriental LIne's 'MV Thorsgaard' and another unide ...Images: 1