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.
What would it take to make you leave your homeland and travel thousands of miles to another country?
What are your origins?
Where have Victorians come from?
Why did they come?
More than 9 million people have migrated to Australia since 1788. Countless others have tried and failed.
The story of Customs House, where officials controlled what – and who – could enter Victoria.
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
Nickel Mundabi Ngadwa, Congolese refugee artist, 2009
Now a professional artist based in Shepparton, Nickel's refugee story begins with taking flight from Congo.
Karl Friedrich Muffler, German migrant, pastry chef & internee, 1930
After migrating from Germany in 1930, Karl Muffler was interned in Melbourne throughout WWII.
Beyond kilts and bagpipesScottish associational culture and its wider impact on Australian society, circa 1840 to 1920
The genealogy of the genealogical methodDiscoveries, disseminations and the historiography of British anthropology
Fusion, feminism and food
Flavours that flipped Australian kitchens.
Home of the Immigration Museum, and one of Melbourne's most important 19th century public buildings.
Journeys to Australia
Immigration is a vital feature of Australia's history and national identity. Celebrate the journeys that changed Australia forever.
The Lloyd Triestino Trio
What was the Lloyd Triestino Trio?
The journey to Station Pier
Melbourne’s heritage-listed Station Pier was Victoria’s most important arrival point for migrants.