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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 711 - 720) 811 items
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
Photograph of Leo Takeshi Hasegawa in his Australian army uniform, in Sydney, in the 1940s. Leo (Leonard Takeshi) Hasegawa served in the citizen and interim army service, from 1941-1948 ...From: Sydney, Australia Images: 2
British migrants on the 'SS Beltana', the ship was on its last voyage and was held up in fremantle for eight days because of a coal strike.From: Fremantle, Australia Images: 1
Contributed by Ms Salva CruscaFrom: Moonee Ponds, Australia Images: 1
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 Mrs Joan KimberleyFrom: Moonee Ponds, Australia Images: 1
Portrait photograph of Leo Takeshi Hasegawa taken as a child, circa 1910. It would have been taken in either Geelong or Ballarat. Leo (Leonard Takeshi) Hasegawa was born in 1906 in Geel ...Images: 2
Photograph of Japanese immigrant Setsutaro Hasegawa's family taken in Sapporo, Japan during the early 1900s. It would have been sent out to him after his arrival in Australia. Setsutar ...From: Sapporo, Japan Images: 2
This photograph shows Ivan Kucan and friends on Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, 1951. According to his family, in 1949 the Kucan family migrated to Australia as displaced persons after the ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
Colour photograph showing Pablo and Pamela Diaz, and Maureen and Alberto Poncell playing 'ring a ring a rosies' at the Poncell's house in Alphington. This photograph was taken for Maure ...From: Alphington, Australia Images: 1