Station Pier: Gateway to a New Life

Past Event: 4 October 2004 to 14 November 2010

Station Pier, Melbourne
A crowd awaits a ship at Station Pier, Port Melbourne.
Source: Italian Historical Society - Co.As.It.

Find out why this landmark has become such an evocative symbol of Victoria's immigration history.

Station Pier is one of Australia's longest operating passenger piers. It holds iconic significance in Victoria's heritage, and is particularly significant to Victoria's post-war immigrants for whom it is an ongoing symbol of their arrival and the start of their new life.

The exhibition provides an historical overview of Station Pier, including its early days as Railway Pier in the 1850s, and its upgrade in the 1920s in response to the growing needs of the city and port of Melbourne.

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Lynne 15 February, 2011 09:58
Will this exhibition become available as an online resource?
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Discovery Centre 14 March, 2011 16:53
Hi Lynne, the exhibition is currently being developed as an online resource, and will hopefully be up on our website by the end of the month. It will feature the major text from the exhibition, together with selected objects, films and other resource material.
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Richard 11 April, 2011 18:01
Hello, I'm specifically researching two passenger ships that brought immigrants from Italy to Melbourne. These ships are The Sorriento (or Sorrento) and The Roma. I'm actually wanting to get any memorobilia (books / passenger lists etc) for a present for relatives that arrived 1953 and 1952 respectively. Thanks!
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Discovery Centre 14 April, 2011 09:38
Hi Richard, for information on how to obtain passenger lists, please see our Information Sheet on the subject. The best book on this topic is Peter Plowman's Australian Migrant Ships 1946 - 1977, which is available at the museum bookshop.
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