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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) 995 items
Black and white photograph of Eva Crocker Orr in Yarraville in 1948. In the image Eva wears the family wedding veil which was passed down through the one female line and worn by over 10 ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of Elsa Crocker Lewis with her father, Selby, on her wedding day in 1954. In the image Elsa wears the family wedding veil which was passed down through the on ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of Maria Crocker McKenzie and her father cutting their wedding cake in Belgrave in 1953. In the image Maria wears the family wedding veil which was passed dow ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of Nancy Jean Davies Billington on her wedding day in Ascot Vale in 1958. In the image Nancy wears the family wedding veil which was passed down through the o ...Images: 1
Monochrome digital photograph of Janet Scrimgeour, Peter Brackelmann and two of their three children, taken in Bendigo, circa 1869. Janet Scrimgeour migrated to Australia from Scotland ...Images: 1
Monochrome digital photograph of George Crocker, Vera Weisheit and their bridal party in South Melbourne in 1913. In the image Vera wears the family wedding veil which was passed down t ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of Alan Davies, Annie Crocker Davies and their wedding attendants in Ballarat in 1934. In the image Annie wears the family wedding veil which was passed down ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of Esme Banner in uniform taken during her service with the United Nations from 1945 to 1951. Esma Banner worked in displaced persons' camps in the US Zone o ...Images: 2
Digital photograph of Patricia, Jennifer and David Ward, children of James and Mary Ward, at Redcar beach, North Yorkshire, England, circa 1959.One of 84 digital photographs relating to ...Images: 1
Digital photograph of James and Mary Ward, with their daughter Jennifer and Mary's father, Arthur Needham, at 2 Bloomfield Lane, Mattersey Thorpe, Nottinghamshire, 1961, on their last v ...Images: 1