Report book used to record reports of weekend and night activities at the Broadmeadows Hostel from July 1970 to September 1974. It was used by Victor Sikich who was Assistant Manager and then Catering Manager at the Broadmeadows Hostel at this time. The entries provide details of weekends and nights inside the hostel, and record the range of problems and issues encountered by the management team of each migrant hostel. Victor began working with Commonwealth Hostels Limited in 1959, (renamed Commonwealth Accommodation and Catering Services in 1978). He was a long-serving staff member of the company and worked at various hostels. Victor himself had migrated from the former Yugoslavia in 1958 and was one of many migrants employed by the company over the decades.

Physical Description

Blue 'Copy-Write' Notebook with red spine, lined and unlined pages inside, blue pencil and blue pen printed entries.


Statement of Significance/ Technical significance:
The stories of migrants and the organizations that assisted them comprise a significant part of Australian post-war history. Since World War II, thousands of government-assisted migrants and refugees have experienced arrival and accommodation at the migrant hostels. Yet migrant hostels are an under-documented area of Australia's immigration history - with the exception of Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre, which was managed by the Department of Immigration. This collection is significant as it contributes to filling the gap in knowledge about the Commonwealth migrant hostels, which were a function of the Department of Labour and National Service. This collection and the accompanying archival documents are a rare find. Items from the migrant hostels were often sold or disposed of by the government soon after they were closed-down. Many migrants have kept photos taken during their stay at the hostels but day-to-day items belonged to the Company and were returned to the hostel upon departure. This collection has the potential enhance collections in cultural institutions such the NSW Powerhouse Museum and Migration Heritage Centre (Villawood [Westbridge] and Cabramatta hostels).

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