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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
Australia Victoria Horsham Medal - Horsham & Wimmera District Pastoral & Agricultural Society Silver Prize c. 1875 (AD) Mint: Stokes & Martin Awarded to: Trouette and Blampied Horsham ...From: Horsham, Australia Images: 2
Australia Victoria Melbourne 1875 (AD) Mint: Stokes & Martin Awarded to: Trouette and Blampied Medal minted for the Victorian Intercolonial Exhibition, 1875 to select for the Centennia ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Medal to commemorate the centenary of Stokes and Sons mint. Reverse designed by Andor Meszaros and minted by Stokes and Sons, Victoria, Australia in 1956. The private mint Stokes began ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Australia Victoria Bendigo Medal - County of Bendigo Agricultural and Horticultural Society Silver Prize 1879 (AD) Mint: Melbourne Awarded to: Trouette and Blampied County of Bendigo A ...From: Bendigo, Australia Images: 2