Summary

Note: This object includes a derogatory references to First Nations people. Such depictions are not condoned by Museums Victoria which considers them to be racist. Historical distance and context does not excuse or erase this fact.

Annual edition of PIX magazine celebrating the 'Year of the Millionth Migrant', 3 December 1955. The magazine features a series of articles and photographs about the post-war Australian migration policies; issues concerning assimilation; and the lives of individual 'successful' migrants from various British and European countries who had settled - including the highly publicised at the time millionth migrant Barbara Porritt. There is also an article about the Melbourne Olympics in preparation and cartoons and advertisements reflecting the time period about women and domesticity, and Aboriginal stereotypes.

Physical Description

PIX 63 page magazine with full colour front cover featuring a young blond woman in a bathing costume. Throughout are black and white articles and photographs and some colour advertisments and images.

Significance

The millionth migrant was a major publicity push orchestrated by the Australian Government officials to maintain a positive spin on post-war migration to the Australian public. A young English newlywed woman was deliberately selected as the focus for the celebrations and Barbara Porritt was given celebrity status through the breadth of the media coverage as she moved from port to port from Fremantle to Station Pier Melbourne in 1955. The magazine documents the popular reach of this campaign as well as promoting the idea of the happy successful well-assimilated migrant from Europe who works hard, purchases a house and settles quickly into an 'Australian' way of life.

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