Origins is based on government census information gathered in Victoria since 1854.

It contains information about Victorian communities from 85 countries of origin selected on the basis of population size.

The history of each community was compiled from a range of sources, including James Jupp’s The Australian People, SBS World Guide and information supplied by community members and organisations.

Wherever possible, Origins includes texts in the official languages of the country of origin.

The photographs have been sourced from community members, public libraries and private archives.

Origins was researched, designed and built by Museum Victoria.

Origins at the Immigration Museum

Origins is also available on kiosks in the Journeys Gallery at the Immigration Museum. The museum version includes audio-visuals about the history of several communities featured in Origins.


Museum Victoria would like to thank all those communities and individuals who contributed information and photographs.

Museum Victoria also acknowledges the work of SBS Radio Melbourne in providing translations and voice recordings and the Australian Bureau of Statistics for providing data.

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