Migration and Cultural Diversity Collection

The Migration and Cultural Diversity collection records the myriad cultures of Victoria's population since European settlement in the 1830s. Every non-Aboriginal Victorian can trace his or her roots to another place, so the history of Victoria is inextricably linked with the history of immigration.

Individual migration stories are represented by personal effects, domestic and work-related items, clothing and other textiles, luggage, shipboard souvenirs, photographs, oral histories and immigration documents. The collection’s scope has broadened to reflect changing immigration policies and processes, public protest and debate, and how we think about personal, national and cultural identities in our multicultural society. Personal and community experiences of migration captured in the collection's 6200+ objects feature in long-term exhibitions at the Immigration Museum such as Identity: yours, mine, ours.