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.

La Dolce Vita

Food history enthusiast and former MM curator Vedrana Budimir tells us about one of her favourite objects in our collection Read more about La Dolce Vita >

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A little birdie

Migration Museum volunteer Carly tells us about a little bird that caught her eye Read more about A little birdie >

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Lovely in lilac

This lovely lilac two-piece silk dress dates from about 1875-1880, and was passed down from Ellen (Nell) Ayliffe to her niece and great-niece, before being donated to the Migration Museum in the 1980s.  Ellen was the daughter of Dr Henry Hamilton Ayliffe of Angaston, and the cousin of George H H Read more about Lovely in lilac >

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The enigmatic folding Snider, an unusual, though not uncommon, carbine

Tony Harris, firearms expert and Migration Museum volunteer, gives us a comprehensive look at the mystery surrounding a firearm in the South Australian Historic Weapons collection

Mysterious origins Read more about The enigmatic folding Snider, an unusual, though not uncommon, carbine >

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Trinket box containing baby hair

This very small silver-plated trinket box, about the size of a box of matches, was donated to the Migration Museum by Mr Alex Harvie in the late 1990s. It dates from the early part of the Twentieth Century, and contains a lock of light brown hair curled into a loop. Read more about Trinket box containing baby hair >

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Moments in time

One of the great joys of working on the Hostel Stories project has been all of the photos that people have shared with us. Read more about Moments in time >

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Serious quantities of Christmas pudding….

What do you do when you have to cook Christmas lunch for over 300 people?  You use a tried and trusted recipe!  This handwritten notebook belonged to Esmeralda Yates, when she was a cook at the Gepps Cross and Gawler migrant hostels in the early 1950s.  Desserts and cakes seem to have been her sp Read more about Serious quantities of Christmas pudding…. >

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Sweet Stitches


Sharing traditions


Every stitch tells a story

By Merrin Barrett

I recently assisted with the accessioning of three Czechoslovakian dance costumes donated by Helen Mole (nee Trejtnar). Read more about Every stitch tells a story >

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