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Chinese wooden plaque, 1895

This is a large wall plaque, manufactured in China from carved wood gilded with a red painted background. It features an intricately carved border depicting dragons. The centre area is carved in relief with three sentences in Chinese characters. The middle carving reads: 'Guang Zhi shang dai lan ling' [the granting of an ...

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Immigration: fill it or lose it, 1992

This video clip looks at the political forces and propaganda campaigns that tried to fill Australia with 'pure white' immigrants. 'Immigration: fill it or lose it' is an excerpt from the documentary 'Admission impossible' (54 min), produced in 1992. For much of the 20th century, successive Australian governments pursued ...

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Hmong banner

This is a banner made by Hmong women from Laos consisting of an embroidered design on blue background, inside a border of blue, grey and white fabric. The embroidery depicts scenes of a farming community and shows men and women, sometimes with children, performing the tasks of sowing, reaping and processing various crops ...

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Banner depicting a Hmong migration story, c1985-92

This is a banner consisting of an embroidered design on a blue background, inside a border. The embroidery depicts the migration of the Hmong people from their homeland. It shows a village scene with one soldier about to set fire to the huts and others pointing guns at the Hmong. There are scenes depicting work and the ...

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Hindeloopen style foot stove, 1994

This is a foot stove painted in 'Hindeloopen' style. It is a small portable wooden box, open on one side, and is painted a warm red shade with green base and top. It has floral motifs and other decorations painted on it.

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Latvian belt, c1970

This is a woven belt, using traditional Latvian patterns symbolising the morning star. The ornate design indicates it is part of a woman's costume. The dimensions of the belt are 268 cm x 5 cm.

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Family picnic with spit roast, 1978

This is a colour photograph showing a Papadimitropoulos family picnic with a spit roast at Greenvale Reservoir, near Tullamarine, in 1978. The spit was hooked up to a modified car battery and is visible at the front right-hand side of the photograph. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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Papanastasiou children in camping ground at Portarlington, 1979

This is a photograph of the Papanastasiou children at Portarlington in 1979, playing with some friends. This image was collected as part of the museum's 'Melbourne's Biggest Family Album' project in 2006. It is a digital scan of the original colour photograph.

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Extended Andrianakis and Lefas families greeting new arrival at Station Pier, Port Melbourne, 1957

This 1957 black-and-white photograph shows members of the Andrianakis and Lefas families standing on Station Pier in Port Melbourne. They had gathered for the arrival of a relation, Maria, who had come to Australia to marry Petro Lefas (standing back row left). This photograph shows their first meeting. The image was collected ...

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Extended Bunting family Christmas dinner, 1983

This is a photograph showing the extended Bunting family sitting down for Christmas dinner in Dandenong North in 1983. This image was collected as part of the 'Melbourne's Biggest Family Album' project in 2006. It is a digital scan of the original colour photograph.

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Todorce Spasevski preparing to emigrate from Macedonia to Australia, 1964

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Todorce Spasevski walking off a ship's gangplank to a pier in Macedonia. According to his family, Spasevski was getting ready to board the ship that would take him from Macedonia to Melbourne, Australia.

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Food safe - Old Lolly Shop, Carlton North, 1939-75

This is a wood and wire mesh food or meat safe used at the Old Lolly Shop, in Carlton North, either in the shop or by the owners in the residence behind. The safe is painted blue. It is part of the Old Lolly Shop Collection at Museum Victoria, and its dimensions are: length 37 cm x width 47 cm x height 47 cm.

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Pie warmer - Old Lolly Shop, Carlton North, 1939-75

This is a gas-fired metal pie warmer with four shelves, used at the Old Lolly Shop in Rathdowne Street, Carlton North. The pie warmer is part of the Old Lolly Shop Collection at Museum Victoria. It is 57.00 cm long, 50.00 cm wide and 58.00 cm high.

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Video of Nyabana Riek speaking about her experience as a refugee from Sudan, 2006

This is a video of Nyabana Riek speaking about her experience as a refugee from Sudan. She talks about escaping war in Sudan, living in refugee camps, losing most of her family, immigrating to Australia with her sister, being bullied at school in Australia and receiving support from the local Sudanese community. The video ...

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Video of Cuc Lam describing her experience as a refugee from Vietnam, 2006

This is a video of Cuc Lam speaking about her experience as a refugee from Vietnam. She talks about her unsuccessful attempts to escape from Vietnam, and about finally escaping with her husband by boat in 1978 and being rescued by the Malaysian navy. She also talks about the deaths of her niece and nephew during their attempt ...

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Sheet music cover for 'White Australia', 1910

This is the front cover of sheet music for a song called 'White Australia'. The music was composed by W E Naunton and the lyrics written by Naunton and H J W Gyles. The cover includes an image of a white map of Australia. Text inside the map reads in part: 'Australia, the white man's land, / Defended by the white man's ...

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Bound for South Australia 1836: passenger lists

This section of the website 'Bound for South Australia 1836' discusses and lists those believed to have been on board the earliest ships arriving in South Australia. It contains the official return of passengers and the passenger lists for each of the nine ships: Africaine, Cygnet, Duke of York, Emma, HMS Buffalo, John ...

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Family sharing chocolate Easter eggs, 1963 or 1964

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Ellerbock family sharing chocolate Easter eggs outside their house in Ringwood East on Easter Sunday in 1963 or 1964. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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Extended Papadimitropoulos family picnic in park, c1964

This is a black-and-white photograph of an extended family picnic in an unknown park, in about 1964. The men, women and children are members of the large Melbourne Greek community. They lie happily on rugs on a sunny day, surrounded by trees. This image was collected as part of the museum's 'Melbourne's Biggest Family Album' ...

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Ivan Kucan and friend with their tomato plants at Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre, 1950

This is a digital copy of a black-and-white photograph showing Ukrainian-born Ivan Kucan and a friend with their tomato plants at Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre in 1950.