Welcome to Immigration Museum and the Seeking Refuge education tour.
Whilst on the tour you can pause this audio at any time.
We start the tour by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land you are standing on today. Aboriginal people have been in Victoria for more than 40,000 years and the people of the Kulin Nation are the traditional owners of the land on which the Immigration Museum stands.
During your tour of the first floor galleries you will be using the Seeking Refuge booklet. To ensure you are familiar with some of the key ideas in the exhibitions first read the information on page 4.
There are five galleries on the first floor. To complete the activities in the Seeking Refuge booklet you will visit three of these galleries: the Leaving Home gallery, the Immigrant Stories and Timeline gallery and the Getting In gallery. You will need to spend approximately 15 minutes in each to complete the activities. You might prefer to spend your time in just two galleries and share your information with others back at school. Consult the map on page one of your booklet for the location of the galleries. You are, of course, welcome to visit the other galleries on the first floor.
The Leaving Home Gallery can be found on the first floor opposite the stairs and the activities for this gallery can be found on pages 5 and 6 of your booklet.
What would it take to make you leave your homeland and travel thousands of miles to another country?
This gallery shows an 11 minute video of stories of people who have left their homes to migrate to Australia.
People have crossed the globe to settle in Australia for more than 200 years and the revolving globe which you see as you enter the gallery displays information which will help you answer the questions on page 5.
Take a seat to watch the video. Whilst you watch, listen for the key words listed in the table on page 6 and take notes on the context in which they are used.
Immigrant Stories & Timeline
The activities for the Immigrant Stories and Timeline gallery are found on pages 7 to 9 of your booklet. Around the walls of this gallery is a decade by decade timeline of key events in Victoria’s immigration history. The map on page 3 of your booklet has a key showing the location of each time period you will be exploring. Also in this gallery, you will find exhibits of individual immigrant stories from periods shown in the timeline.
Your booklet contains two statements about people seeking refuge in Australia. In the timeline in this gallery, you will find information and documents that you can use as evidence to support these statements. Check the time period at the top of each page and make sure you are using the corresponding sections of the timeline. Record your evidence either by taking notes, by sketching or by photographing the documents. Please note that no flash photography is allowed in the galleries.
Make sure the information you collect in this gallery relates only to immigrants that were refugees or displaced persons. You can use either the information describing each decade or a document as your evidence. To find the captions for the documents refer to the document plan at the bottom of each panel.
In the 1930s to 1940s activity on page 7, you might use the information panels for the 1930s or the 1940s period or alternatively you could refer to document number 3 in the 1940s section. You will need to pause this commentary now whilst you complete this activity.
To find evidence for the statement on page 8 relating to the 1970s to 2000s period, there are a number of choices. You might use 1970s documents 4 or 8, 1980s documents 1 or 7, 1990s document 4 or 2000s documents 1 or 5. Again pause this commentary until you have completed the page 8 activity.
Make sure you are referring to the correct Peter Nicholson cartoon to complete the first activity on page 9. This is document 4 in the 2000s section. Please pause this commentary again.
Yasser Al-Alyawi’s case is one of the exhibits in a glass case in the centre of this gallery and you will need to examine its contents carefully to complete the page 9 questions.
The activities for The Getting In gallery are found on pages 10 to 13 in your booklet. This gallery is divided into time periods and you will need to check the archways that divide the gallery to make sure you are in the section that corresponds to the time period at the top of each page in your booklet. Use the key above the map on page one of your booklet to locate the relevant section of the gallery.
The Getting In gallery focuses on who was able to get in to Australia and who was not as a result of Australia’s immigration policy at the time. You will record evidence to support statements that reflect this. You can choose to record your evidence by taking notes, by sketching or by photographing the documents. Please do not use flash photography in the galleries.
To answer the questions for the 1840 to 1945 period found on page 10, refer to the panels titled Seeking Refuge in the 1840 to 1900 section as well as the 1901 to 1945 section. You will need to pause this commentary now whilst you complete this activity.
To find the evidence to support the statement on page 11 of your booklet, you will need to locate three panels in the 1946 to 1972 section of the gallery - the Seeking Refuge panel, the Immigration Policy panel and the Closed Door panel. Here you could also attempt the dictation test if you wish. Pause this commentary now so you can complete this activity.
In the 1973 to today section of this gallery you will need to find the Seeking Refuge panel to complete the activity on page 12 and the panel entitled The Closed Door to answer the questions on page 13. The information about the Angolian asylum seeker can be found in the 4th drawer below The Closed Door panel.
Back at school
Terminology relating to refugees and asylum seekers, extracts from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and some Australian statistics can be found on pages 14 to 18 of your booklet. We hope you will find this information useful back at school when you are carrying out further research, engaging in discussion in class and reflecting on your visit to Immigration Museum.
Thank you for visiting Immigration Museum. If you have any questions, you may wish to visit the Discovery Centre on the ground floor or to seek assistance from the Customer Service Officers.