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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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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
Silver medal awarded by the Acclimatization Society of Victoria in 1868, featuring a menagerie of exotic animals. In the mid 19th century in Australia and New Zealand, acclimatization ...From: London, United Kingdom Images: 4
Internment camp token - a threepence - issued for use as currency in internment camps, during the 1940s. It belonged to Karl Muffler. Karl was interned as a German enemy alien at Tatura ...Images: 1
Fragment of bronze portrait medal of John Gartner, designed by Michael Meszaros. It was found in the ruins of John's home in Mt Macedon after the Ash Wednesday bushfires of 1983. Micha ...Images: 2
Alternative name: Plaquette, Medal Bronze plaque designed by Andor Mészáros, and minted in Australia in 1967. It was found in the ashes of a house in Mt Macedon after the Ash Wednesda ...Images: 2
Bronze portrait medal of John Gartner, by Michael Meszaros. It was found in the ruins of John's home in Mt Macedon after the Ash Wednesday bushfires of 1983, badly damaged but still rec ...Images: 2
Mass of fused medals by Andor Mészáros and Michael Meszaros, found in a home at Mt Macedon destroyed by the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires. John Gartner and his wife Zelma were well-know ...Images: 2
Fob (medal) with Sunshine Harvester image, awarded to R. Mackenzie for valour. This was issued to all McKay Sunshine employees who had served in the World War I. The McKay Sunshine Ha ...Images: 2
Internment Camp Money for the value of 1 Penny. Issued by the Australian Military Board in 1941, and minted by R.Arendeen & Co.Images: 2
Fragment of bronze medal depicting the sailing yacht Dame Pattie Menzies, designed by Andor Mészáros, 1967. It was found in the ruins of a house in Mt Macedon after the Ash Wednesday bu ...Images: 2