Search the collections
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 1 - 10) 1850 items
Terrazzo table made by Luigi Cicutto, circa 1941. Luigi immigrated to Melbourne in 1927, and initially worked as a terrazzo craftsman in Melbourne for a couple of years, living in Carlt ...Images: 6
Alternative Name(s): Velentza Shepherd's blanket which first belonged to the donor's grandfather Yannis Vlahos (Vlahos meaning shepherd in Greek). It is dated 1886, and was probably wo ...Images: 1
Wooden trunk, which was previously an ammunition chest, made circa 1939 - 1945. It was salvaged by Ukrainian refugee Orian Wenhrynowycz, from many littering the countryside whilst he wa ...Images: 2
Diary kept by male Irish Catholic immigrant M.P. O'Shea, recording his voyage from Castlecomer, Ireland to Melbourne via Dublin and Liverpool. He departed Castlecomer in County Kilkenny ...Images: 5
Table carved out of a packing case by a German Prisoner of War whilst at the Broadmeadows Internment Camp, circa 1939-1945, using a pen knife and a hot nail.Images: 4
Information card on Clock Alternations, issued to passengers during their voyage on the SS Strathmore in 1957. It was kept as a memento of the voyage by Daniel and Christina Graham who ...Images: 2
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
Cut Throat Razor which belonged to Jack Rasmussen who immigrated with his wife to Victoria from Scandinavia in 1921. Jack is listed on the razor as having played Mrs. Neptune in a mock ...Images: 1
Document tabled in the Parliament of Victoria in 1881 entitled 'Chinese Intercolonial Conference'. It was printed in Melbourne by John Ferres at the Government Printing Office. The docu ...Images: 2
Alternative Name(s): Kavodhi or Chryssos Sakkos Green floral brocade dress worn by Maria Markos. Maria was a young widow; her husband had been murdered by the Turks (Castellorizo was u ...Images: 4