Reading matters

10 April, 2011

Researching in the Immigration Discovery Centre.
Researching in the Immigration Discovery Centre.
Image: Nicole Davis
Source: Museum Victoria

Question: Do you have books in the Immigration Discovery Centre to help with my research?

Answer: Among our many resources, Immigration Discovery Centre has a dedicated library that covers a wide range of topics related to Immigration Museum’s exhibitions, programs, collections and research. Subjects include family history research, immigration history and the cultures of communities in Victoria. The books and other resources cater to a wide audience, including family history researchers, students, academics and kids.

We have regularly changing displays of books that cover some of our visitors’ favourite topics, including: Bonegilla and other migrant hostels; British immigration; child migrants; the Irish in Australia; current exhibitions; the history of Melbourne; kids books; how to do family history research and new books. One of the most popular sections is our large collection of ship books. In them people can find detailed information about the vessels that bought immigrants to Australia from 1788 onward.

Discovery Centre staff can look through the library catalogue to help you find books on the themes that interest you. Our online booklists – some of which are linked at right – are a register of many books that we have about popular topics. The library doesn’t have borrowing facilities but visitors enjoy using the space in the Discovery Centre to sit, read the books and do their research.

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