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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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Australia Victoria Melbourne Visit of the US Fleet to Australia 1925 (AD) Mint: not recorded Other Details: This copper medal commemorates the visit of the US Fleet in 1925. It features ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Bronze medal awarded by Professional Officers' Association to Dr. Philip Law in 1957. Designed by Andor Meszaros and minted by Pinches, London. Dr Phillip Law led Australia's scientifi ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
This is an internment camp token - one penny - issued for use as currency in internment camps, during the 1940s. It belonged to Karl Muffler. Karl was interned as a German enemy alien a ...From: Tatura, Australia Images: 1
Bronze medal awarded in 1868 by the Acclimatization Society of Victoria, featuring a menagerie of exotic animals. In the mid 19th century in Australia and New Zealand, acclimatization ...From: London, United Kingdom Images: 2
Medal commemorating the Centenary of Government of Victoria and the Discovery of Gold, commissioned by the Victorian Government, designed by Andor Mészáros and minted by K.G. Luke, Melb ...Images: 5
Bronze medal awarded in 1868 by the Acclimatization Society of Victoria, featuring a menagerie of exotic animals. In the mid 19th century in Australia and New Zealand, acclimatization ...From: London, United Kingdom Images: 3
Australia Victoria Medal, 3rd. Festival of Polish Art Melbourne Victoria 150th Anniversary, 1984 (AD) Mint: Brim Medallions Other Details: A medal of curved square shape commemorating ...Images: 2
Medal for a Trial Reverse of the Olympic Participants Medal. it was designed by artist Andor Mészáros, minted by K.G.Luke and issued by the Melbourne Olympic Committee in 1956. This is ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
Love token made from smoothed and stippled 1797 penny in 1834. This token was made for William Adams to give to his sister. Love tokens were often commissioned by convicts before they ...Images: 4
Australia Medal - St Patrick's Day 1880 (AD) Mint: not recorded Other Details: A small gilt medal featurung a Irish harp and a kangaroo & emu, issued to commemorate St Patrick's Day on ...Images: 2