An apprehensive young woman is about to eat a mouthful of food.
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Fusion, feminism and food

Flavours that flipped Australian kitchens.

Cable Tram
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Marvellous Melbourne

Melbourne is a young city by world standards, but it has layers of history. Discover how each era shaped the city we see today.

Black and white family portrait
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Immigrant Stories

Everyone who immigrates has their own unique story to tell. Explore these stories – why they came, where they settled and how they made Victoria their new home.

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Journeys to Australia

Immigration is a vital feature of Australia's history and national identity. Celebrate the journeys that changed Australia forever.

Men Posing With Gold Trophy Outside the Long Tunnel Mine, Walhalla, Victoria, circa 1875.
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Immigration to Victoria

What effect did immigration have on Victoria? Take a look, decade by decade, at the changes in population, demographics and the impact this had on Indienous Australians.

Immigration Museum from Flinders Street in afternoon
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Customs House

Home of the Immigration Museum, explore the rich history of one of Melbourne's most important 19th century public buildings. 

Extended family standing around suitcase on Station Pier, under a large roofed structure. Two men, two women, two boys and two infant children. There is a large suitcase in the foreground with rugs strapped to the side. Cars are parked in the background.
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The journey to Station Pier

Melbourne’s heritage-listed Station Pier was Victoria’s most important arrival point for migrants. Find out why it plays such an important part in Melbourne’s migration history.

A football made of possum skins.
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10 treasures of Aussie Rules

And what they say about us.

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Fusipala: a Tongan princess, a costume and a community that keeps her memory alive

Who was the princess behind the costume? 

a painting of five women sitting around a round table stitching while a man sits at a piano to the left
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A discovery of stitches: needlework and 19th century girlhood

What can needlework samplers tell us about often forgotten figures from history?

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Unboxing the museum: Mirka Mora Collection

Mirka Mora was all about being herself, her fashion style, her artistic practice, her friendships and creative circles, and her food culture.

a green reptile extends its tongue to catch an insect. a woman smiles in the background
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Forbidden objects in the museum's collection

What do a doll, religious text, gun, and surprised-looking cat have in common? 

External site

Origins

What are your origins? Where have Victorians come from? Why did they come? This website presents government census information on Victorian communities from 85 countries of origin.

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