Origins is based on government census information gathered in Victoria since 1854.
It contains information about Victorian communities from 82 countries of origin. They were selected on the basis of population size: at least 1,100 Victorians were born in each country, according to the 2006 census.
The history of each community was compiled from a range of sources, including James Jupp’s The Australian People, SBS World Guide and information supplied by community members and organisations.
Wherever possible, Origins includes texts in the official languages of the country of origin.
The photographs have been sourced from community members, public libraries and private archives.
Origins was researched, designed and built by Museum Victoria.