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Quilt - Isabella Spence, Patchwork, Scotland, 1840s-1850s.

Identity, community & belonging

An apprehensive young woman is about to eat a mouthful of food.

Amrita Hepi Dances in the Long Room

Award-winning First Nations artist and choreographer from Bundjulung (Australia) and Ngāpuhi (New Zealand) territories, Amrita Hepi took over the Long Room at the Immigration Museum with an evocative performance that resonated within the room's 19th century walls and columns...

The art of tattoo

Paul Stillen and Miso talk about their collaboration on the Documenting the Body exhibition at the Immigration Museum...

Lecture: Refugees, Museums and the Digital Diaspora

Listen to Anh Nguyen discuss how online community is shaping contemporary museum practice...

Dye your own eggs

We’ve been inspired by the beautiful egg decorating traditions from Eastern and Mediterranean Europe, so we thought we’d show you how to make your own at home!

Make sure you have a parent to help with cooking and an apron to protect yourself from stains, and then it's time to get started:

  1. Boil eggs in plain water, as you normally would. Set aside to cool.
  2. Make your dyes! Choose an ingredient according to your desired colour:
    Coffee for deep brown
    Yellow onion skins for yellow-brown
    Turmeric powder for bright yellow
    Chilli powder or paprika for orange
    Beetroot for purple
    Red cabbage for blue
    Blueberries for deep blue
  3. Place your chosen ingredient in a pot of water with a splash of vinegar and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain into a heatproof bowl or container.
    Alternatively if you don't want to make your own dye, you can also add 20 drops of food colouring to a container with half a cup of water and 3 tablespoons of vinegar.
  4. It's time to decorate your eggs! There are a few ways you can add shapes and patterns. Find some interesting leaves or flowers and place them on the eggs as a stencil. Cut up an old stocking or thin fabric like muslin and use it to carefully tie the stencil in place. You can also use waxy crayons, stickers or tape to draw shapes, patterns and designs onto your eggs.
  5. Place the eggs carefully into your dye so that they are completely covered. Soak for at least 30 minutes - the longer you leave them, the stronger the colour will be. Leaving them overnight gives very vibrant colours. If you want to soak your eggs for more than 2 hours, move the bowl to the fridge.
  6. Finally, remove your eggs and pat them dry. You can use olive oil or butter to polish them if you like.

Personal stories of migration

Black and white family portrait

History of migration

The Migration and Cultural Diversity Collection

The Museum’s Migration and Cultural Diversity collection includes over 9000 objects, documents, photographs and oral histories, and over two thirds of the collection can be found on the Museums Victoria Collections website. Below are selections from the collection—once you are in, you can use keywords to make your own searches to explore this diverse collection!

Patchwork quilt

Museum Victoria Migration Collections: 1830s-1930s

A collection relating to migration to Australia, and particularly Victoria, from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Handwritten letter

Rebecca Greaves Letter, Melbourne, 1851

Letter written by Rebecca Greaves to her uncle in England containing an interesting and detailed account of what life was like in Melbourne during 1851.

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Badge - White Australia, People's Liberal Party, Australia, 1911-1920

Our Federation Journey – A ‘White Australia’

During the long political process that led to Federation, a stronger sense of what it meant to be Australian was formed.

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Black and white photo Qemal Family, Shepparton, 1968

Muslims in Australia Image Collection

This collection of original and digital photographs is the result of a research collaboration (2016-19) between Museums Victoria and Dr Dzavid Haveric.

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Movie Camera & Case - Bell & Howell

Sigalas Family Collection

The Sigalas family's immigration story is a rich narrative, told by over 80 objects, which relates to a number of themes in the social and immigration history of Melbourne.

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Greeting Card - Karl Muffler to Hilde Muffler, Tatura, 1940s

Karl Friedrich Muffler, German Migrant, Pastry Chef & Internee, 1930

Karl Friedrich Muffler, was born 14 June 1900 in south-west Germany, he qualified pastry chef and confectioner in 1917.

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Red vinyl suitcase

Cuc Lam, Vietnamese Migrant, 1978

Cuc and her husband Huu Minh who escaped from Vietnam in a river boat on 19 May 1978.

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Sudanese teenager holding a basketball

Bul Bulkoch, Sudanese Migrant, 1996

Bul was 13 when he arrived in Australia in October 1996 with his parents, younger sister and brother.

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Drawing

Drawing – Refugee Journey

12 year old Zahra Jaffari is from Afghanistan (from the Hazara ethnic minority) and is currently living with her family in Indonesia, awaiting acceptance for a refugee program.

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A dinosaur skeleton of a Tarbosaurus.

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