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.