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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.
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Love token made circa 1800 in Great Britain, with the inscriptions 'TS' and 'LOVE & LIVE HAPPY. Love tokens were often commissioned by convicts before they were transported to Australi ...Images: 5
Protect Australia League enamelled badge, circa 1938. The Protect Australia League was formed in late 1938 and by March 1939 had over 2,400 members. It was composed of 'sincere men and ...Images: 1
St Bride Foundation Institute medal in case, which was awarded to A.G. Maclaurin for the Highest Position in Machine , 3rd Year. Archie was born in 1904 in Westham London. He trained a ...Images: 2
Circular love token inscribed and dated 24 February, 1779. Love tokens were often commissioned by convicts before they were transported to Australia, as a memento for their loved ones. ...Images: 2
Badge issued to commemorate the visit of the US Fleet to Australia in 1908. Prime Minister Alfred Deakin ignored Britain's concerns and established protocol when he invited the American ...Images: 1
Unofficial Australian Pattern 'Crown' Proof Dollar with case, commissioned by the Australian Coin Review. Designed by Andor Mészáros and minted by Pinches of London in 1967. John Gartn ...Images: 2
Commemorative Badge issued by the Australian Hibernian Society in 1914. It was manufactured by Stokes & Sons, Melbourne. The Hibernian Australian Catholic Benefit Society was a church-b ...Images: 2
Silver coin; Denomination: penny Moneyer: Estala Viking Invaders, Memorial Saint Eadmund (Edmund) coinage by Danish settlers in East Anglia. Such coins were issued after the martyrdom ...Images: 2
Copper One Penny Token, minted by an unknown British mint. Issued by H. Lipscombe, Seedsman & Produce Salesman, Hobart, circa 1860. Henry Lipscombe Junior took over the retail busines ...From: Hobart, Australia Images: 2
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Interview with Maria D'Astoli about her migration experience and life. Mrs D'Astoli was born on the Italian island of Malfa in 1914. She was married there in 1935. In 1950 Maria's husb ...Images: 0