A few of our favourite things

Collection Blog

This blog is written by Migration Museum staff and volunteers. It is a chance for us to share with you some of our favourite things from the Migration Museum collection, and what makes them special to us. Not all of our collection can be displayed in the Museum, so this is also a place for us to uncover some of the ‘hidden treasures’ we have in our store.

Seeing clearly at the Destitute Asylum - an eyebath

In 1983, before the Migration Museum opened, an archaeological dig was undertaken on the Kintore Avenue site in an attempt to salvage some of the last material available from the old Destitute Asylum.  One of the fragments uncovered was a tiny glass cup reminiscent of a wine glass – a nineteenth Read more about Seeing clearly at the Destitute Asylum - an eyebath >

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The Mad Hatter - Thaarup hat c1955

Curator Amy writes about a stylish hat in our collection Read more about The Mad Hatter - Thaarup hat c1955 >

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Ceramic boat - the ocean and the wave

Curator Corinne writes about an evocative and favourite artwork: Read more about Ceramic boat - the ocean and the wave >

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Sending Season's Greetings

Curator Nikki tells us about a seasonal phenomenon - the Christmas card! Read more about Sending Season's Greetings >

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A labour of love - patched undershirt

Curator Corinne writes about a shirt with an unusual history Read more about A labour of love - patched undershirt >

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Liberty sundress - fashion over time

MM volunteer Natalie writes about how fashions of the past are often the same as, but also different to, modern tastes Read more about Liberty sundress - fashion over time >

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A child's eye view of the garden

The history of gardening as a school activity is an important part of the Migration Museum’s new exhibition ‘Losing the plot – food gardening in South Australia’.  To celebrate this we have partnered with the Productive Garden Company and two local schools to involve school children Read more about A child's eye view of the garden >

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Love locket

MM curator Nikki tells us about a beautiful symbol of love, hope, and steadfastness Read more about Love locket >

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An artist's view of Australia in 1802 - the Westall engravings

The Migration Museum is currently displaying a booklet of nine engravings by the artist William Westall, who accompanied Matthew Flinders on his 1802 circumnavigation of Australia.  Curator Mich Bolognese tells us more: Read more about An artist's view of Australia in 1802 - the Westall engravings >

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Celebrating workers' achievements - 8 Hour Day Committee trunk

History SA curator Dr Jude Elton tells us about a recent donation that celebrates a major South Australian achievement Read more about Celebrating workers' achievements - 8 Hour Day Committee trunk >

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