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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 61 - 70) 1359 items
Badge - Free the Refugees! Stop Mandatory Detention, which was purchased at a stall at Victorian Forests Anti-Logging Rally in Batman Park on Saturday 18 May, 2002. The slogan 'free the ...Images: 3
British passport issued by the Commonwealth of Australia to Alexander Caurs dated 13 December 1968. Kateryna Caurs (nee Pimenow) was born on 7 July 1915 in Luzk, Poland. She grew up f ...Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Button Badge with the slogan 'Stop the Racists, Asians are Welcome', it was made and used in Australia, circa 1990s. In the late 1990s cultural diversity and Austr ...Images: 3
Magnet with the slogan 'Take a Stand Against Racism, Pull your head in Pauline', it was made and used in Australia, circa 1999. In the late 1990s cultural diversity and Australia's immi ...Images: 2
Pair of timber photo album covers made by Mr Orian Wenhrynowycz in1948. Orian made four sets of timber photo album covers, while at Bonegilla in 1948 using tools he had brought from Ukr ...Images: 7
Manila shawl (also known as Manton de Manila) owned and worn by Violet Vanbrugh. It was a gift to her, and is believed to have been purchased in the Philippines and made circa 1920-1940 ...Images: 1
Badge with the slogan 'Migrants Are Welcome Stop the Racists'. Badges like these are commonly distributed and worn by protestors who take part marches, blockades and other public campai ...Images: 1
The socialist youth organization Resistance produced this badge 'Stop the Racist War' in response to an American-led offensive in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United Stat ...Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Wall Hanging Quilt created by newly arrived refugee children at Tottenham English Language Centre in Victoria during December 1998 as a way for them to express the ...Images: 2
Badge with the slogan 'Free the refugees, close the camps', it was made and used in Australia, circa 1990s. Mandatory detention legislation was first introduced in Australia in May 1992 ...Images: 1