Getting In

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Immigrant processing at Sydney airport
Processing incoming immigrants at Sydney Airport, 1970s
Source: Australian Customs Service

More than 9 million people have migrated to Australia since 1788.

Countless others have tried and failed. Find out why...

This permanent exhibition documents the immigration policies that have shaped Victoria and Australia since the 1800s and how these policies have been a significant factor in forming a national identity.

This confronting exhibition utilises images, historical objects, a computer interactive and personal stories to explore the impact of these policies and the resulting cultural diversity in Victoria.

Getting In was developed in response to market research conducted at the Immigration Museum that found visitors wanted to know more about the process of getting in to Australia, what people went through, who was accepted and who wasn't, and the effect this had on society.

The exhibition does this by exploring the history of immigration policy and how it has changed dramatically over the past two hundred years. Four timeframes outline the main threads in immigration policy: the gold rush days of the 1840s to 1900, Federation to the end of the Second World War (1901 to 1945), then post-war to the early seventies (1946 to 1972) and finally 1973 to the present day.

EVENT DETAILS

Event Type: Permanent Exhibition

Daily, Now Showing
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Immigration Museum

Included with museum entry.
MV Members receive FREE museum entry.

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Gill Goldsworthy 20 July, 2013 16:45
I take high school children regularly to the immigration museum. Once they make it to the area where they have the power to work out the fate of the asylum seekers and also have to do the dictation test, they won't leave! Very effective!
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nedkelly 26 October, 2011 12:15
it was awesome :)
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sara 3 May, 2011 19:36
I THOUGHT THAT ROOM WAS GREAT BUT NOT AS GOOD AS THE BOAT ROOM
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