Migrants' Belongings

The Migrants' Belongings project seeks to investigate the significance of belongings brought in the travel trunks of Greek and Italian migrants when they settled in Australia in the post-Second World War period.

In particular the project seeks to find out:

  • What motivates the selection of particular objects.
  • How objects function as markers of identities ethnicities, gender, values and customs.
  • How the meaning of objects changes over time, as they move from one country to another, from one person to another, and from one generation to the next.
  • Whether there are differences and similarities in material practices among different ethnic groups (e.g. Greeks and Italian) and regional groups.
For more information and the project team details visit the Flinders University website.