Iron on Transfers


Migration Museum

Migration Museum
Adelaide, Australia

These transfers are illustrative of the administration in place to facilitate communal living at migrant hostels in South Australia.
The Migration Museum has two continuous rolls of iron-on transfers each of 5cm diameter & spaced at 4cm intervals. Each transfer has a circular, decorative border around the inner border printed: COMMONWEALTH HOSTELS LIMITED. This surrounds an outline map of Australia with the initials C & H superimposed on each other in the centre. The transfer paper is almost transparent & tan-coloured with the backing shiny & transfer side matt. Each roll has a cardboard cylinder in the centre. A half circle of red paper is inserted into the roll, approximately 0.5cm from the centre.


  • Title: Iron on Transfers
  • Date Created: 1950-01-01/1950-12-31
  • Provenance: These iron-on transfers were used on all linen & towels supplied by Commonwealth Hostels Ltd to migrants staying in the Commonwealth hostels throughout Australia. Hostels provided temporary accommodation for migrants sponsored to Australia by the Australian government. The era of institutionalised migrant hostels was replaced in the mid 1980s by home units. More information about migrant hostels in Australia can be found in the collection files under Hostels. A photograph of the Pennington Hostel in 1986 is in the object file.
  • Rights: History Trust of South Australia, CC-0, photographer: Rachel Harris, Bit Scribbly Design

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