Digital photograph of Cuc and Minh Lam at the Plough Hotel in Footscray on 5 December 2013. Cuc and Minh fled Vietnam in 1978 as part of a massive emigration after the end of the Vietnam War and migrated to Melbourne. Cuc Lam became Mayor of the City of Maribyrnong in 2017.

Description of Content

Man and woman (wearing paper crown) in a restaurant.

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Digital photograph


Statement of Historical Significance:
This collection demonstrates the risk and desperation involved in the refugee experience. It is extremely rare to acquire objects from refugees, as by the very nature of the experience, people carry little if anything with them, and what they do is usually lost or thrown away. It helps tell the story of Vietnamese immigration, which has played a significant part in the history of immigration to Australia, and assists in representing the period post 1975, when Australia's new political and social policies of multiculturalism were being implemented. This collection also provides further insights into life in one of Melbourne's principal migrant hostels - Midway in Maribyrnong.

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