Melbourne’s Immigration Museum

This museum was situated in the old Custom’s House. The stately building was an added bonus with its decorative touches; especially in the long room. This was where customs agents once came to pay duty on imported goods.

Bunk beds in the ship’s squashed quarters

A reproduction of a ship filled that entire room. Inside the ship were rooms set out the way they would have been when immigrants first travelled to Australia. My favourite part however, was the outside displays through the portholes that contained creatures “imported” into the country — cockroaches, rats.

Through one of the portholes

One of the most informative displays was an immigration officer, whom you heard but never saw, questioning prospective Greek immigrants. What an honest and telling view of how people were quickly rejected.

Fitting at the moment when refugees travelling by boat to Australia are presently locked up on Pacific Islands for years

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