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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 21 - 30) 1850 items
Wall clock used at the Enterprise Hostel, circa 1978 -1992. It was manufacted by Smiths Industries Ltd, circa 1978. Meal times at the Enterprise Hostel were regulated, and this clock wo ...Images: 1
Plaque issued to commemorate the official opening of the Enterprise Hostel on 29 October 1970. The name 'Enterprise' was chosen to reflect a sense of connection between the different 'w ...Images: 4
Bedspread, used at Enterprise Migrant Hostel, circa 1970s-1980s. This bedspread is an example of the standard types of basic items (towels, bedding and utensils) issued to migrants upon ...Images: 2
Shield was awarded to the best migrant hostel of the year. This competition compared all the migrant hostels, government guest-houses and non-migrant hostels operated and managed by Com ...Images: 2
Trophy awarded annually to the migrant hostel in Victoria with the best kept garden. The award commemorates William Funnell, a former Secretary for the Department of Labour and National ...Images: 3
Trophy awarded annually to the migrant hostel in Victoria with the best dining room Christmas decorations. This award was created by Commonwealth Hostels Ltd and was judged by General M ...Images: 3
Sign used in the Enterprise Hostel dining room, it was printed by Commonwealth Hostels Limited, circa 1970. This sign is an example of the often strict and regimented nature of migrant ...Images: 1
Sign used in the Enterprise Hostel, it was printed by Commonwealth Hostels Ltd, circa 1970, and has been signed by the General Manager of Commonwealth Hostels Ltd R. Bruce Brown. The si ...Images: 2
Clipboard used by Victor Sikich, from 1970 to 1988, one of the managers employed at the Enterprise and Broadmeadows Migrants Hostels. Victor began working with Commonwealth Hostels Limi ...Images: 2
Dessert spoon used in the dining room of Enterprise Migrant Hostel, circa 1980s. The inscription CACS stands for Commonwealth Accommodation and Catering Services, who managed the hostel ...Images: 1