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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 701 - 710) 808 items
Photograph of Setsutaro Hasegawa, one of his sons, identified as Leo, and one of his grandchildren, identified as Leonard (Leo's son) in his backyard at Little Ryrie Street, Geelong, Au ...From: Geelong, Australia Images: 1
This photograph shows Ivan Kucan and friends on St Kilda Road, next to Princes Bridge, Melbourne, 1951. According to his family, in 1949 the Kucan family migrated to Australia as displa ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Black and white photograph of Marjorie, Bill and Suzanne Cruttenden being met by Mrs Dorcas Brown, Marjorie's mother, at Essendon Airport in December 1948. Bill Cruttenden was in the ...From: Essendon, Australia Images: 1
Photograph of Japanese immigrant Setsutaro Hasegawa taken between 1945 and 1952, probably in Geelong. Setsutaro Hasegawa migrated to Australia in 1897 at the age of 29. This was just fo ...From: Geelong, Australia Images: 1
Holy picture of the Virgin Mary, used by Italian migrant Mrs Rosemary Del Monaco. It demonstrates the importance of religion in the lives of many Italian migrants. The majority of Itali ...Images: 1
This is a drawing in blue ink of the decorating room at Paterson's Cake Shop, 117 Chapel St, Windsor, drawn by Karl Muffler (signed] in July-August, 1985. Muffler worked as a pastry che ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
Photograph of Japanese immigrant Setsutaro Hasegawa probably taken circa 1908 in South Yarra, Melbourne. Setsutaro Hasegawa migrated to Australia in 1897 at the age of 29. This was just ...From: South Yarra, Australia Images: 2
Contributed by Mrs Joan KimberleyFrom: St Kilda, Australia Images: 2
Digital copy of a postcard showing two families having a picnic in a park, circa 1915-1916. The children sitting on the seat are: Sam Baitz, Rosa Grosby, Alexander Baitz, and Nathan Gro ...Images: 1
Contributed by Ms Salva CruscaFrom: Moonee Ponds, Australia Images: 1