Each immigrant has their own unique story to tell. This website explores why they came, where they settled and how they started a new life in Victoria.
More than 9 million people have migrated to Australia since 1788. Countless others have tried and failed.
What are your origins?
Where have Victorians come from?
Why did they come?
Beyond kilts and bagpipesScottish associational culture and its wider impact on Australian society, circa 1840 to 1920
What would it take to make you leave your homeland and travel thousands of miles to another country?
The genealogy of the genealogical methodDiscoveries, disseminations and the historiography of British anthropology
Karl Friedrich Muffler, German migrant, pastry chef & internee, 1930
After migrating from Germany in 1930, Karl Muffler was interned in Melbourne throughout WWII.
The story of Customs House, where officials controlled what – and who – could enter Victoria.
Journeys to Australia
Immigration is a vital feature of Australia's history and national identity. Celebrate the journeys that changed Australia forever.
Home of the Immigration Museum, and one of Melbourne's most important 19th century public buildings.
Gung Family collection
This collection provides an insight into the Gung family's experiences of migrating to Australia from China at the beginning of the twentieth century. Their story forms part of the Immigrant Stories exhibition at the Immigration Museums
Identity: yours, mine, ours
Stories from the exhibition at the Immigration Museums, about identity – who we are, who others think we are, and what it means to belong and not belong in Australia.
Nickel Mundabi Ngadwa, Congolese refugee artist, 2009
Now a professional artist based in Shepparton, Nickel's refugee story begins with taking flight from Congo.
British Migrants: Instant Australians
2017 Round Up
Museums Victoria had a massive year – take a look at our Top 10 moments.