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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 51 - 60) 1359 items
Cigarette case used by Julius Toth. The cigarette case was one of the few possessions he brought with him when he migrated to Australia. In 1957 Julius came to Australia after he escape ...Images: 2
Cigarette Packet used by Julius Toth. The cigarette holder he kept this packet in was one of the few possessions he brought with him when he migrated to Australia. In 1957 Julius came t ...Images: 2
Sailor doll made by Norah Wellings in England. Norah Wellings cloth dolls were sold by most shipping companies on board their ocean liners, with the most common doll being the sailor do ...Images: 2
Badge with the slogan 'Lock up the Liberals Free the Refugees', issued by the International Socialist Organisation (ISO), circa 2000. The slogan 'free the refugees' was used as a standa ...Images: 1
Badge with the slogan 'Stop the racists! The boat people are welcome', issued by the International Socialist Organisation (ISO), circa 2000. The ISO was involved with the protests agai ...Images: 1
Sausage filler brought to Australia from Hungary in the 1950s by Josef and Margaret Simko. It was given to Margaret by her mother, who was worried that they might not have anything to e ...Images: 2
Ceramic Boat Person made by Angelina Brazzale in 2002. This artwork was part of a large installation in an exhibition entitled 'Immigration, Grief, Neurological Triggers to the Spirit' ...Images: 1
Ceramic Boat Person made by Angelina Brazzale in 2002. This artwork was part of a large installation in an exhibition entitled 'Immigration, Grief, Neurological Triggers to the Spirit' ...Images: 2
Pair of gloves purchased by Georgia Dereani in 1959 for a staff ball in Block 19 at Bonegilla Migrant Camp. Georgia Dereani, her husband and infant son immigrated to Australia from Trie ...Images: 1
Pink beaded clutch purse purchased by Georgia Dereani in 1959 for a staff ball in Block 19 at Bonegilla Migrant Camp. Georgia Dereani, her husband and infant son immigrated to Australia ...Images: 2