Refugee possessions belonging to Cuc Thi Lam and Minh Huu Lam
These are the few possessions belonging to Cuc and Minh when they arrived in Australia. Cuc kept small, precious items such as photographs of her parents, a watch and her wedding ring close to her skin during her escape from Vietnam.
Cuc was determined to appear neat, clean and holding a few possessions when she arrived in Australia. When she finally got to Kuala Lumpur, she used money left from the sale of her wedding ring to purchase material to make a new shirt in preparation for her arrival.
Image 1: Possessions brought to Australia by Cuc Lam as a refugee from Vietnam. They were packed in her red suitcase.
Image 2: Cuc used this pouch to store a photographic negative of her family, as well as passport photos of her mother and father, a watch and her wedding ring.
Image 3 & 4 : Minh wore these shorts to disguise himself as a fisherman during his escape from Vietnam with Cuc in 1978.
Image 5: Cuc wore this shirt (along with black pants that have not survived) to disguise herself as a fisherman during her escape from Vietnam in 1978.
Image 6: With money left over from the sale of her wedding ring, Cuc made this shirt so she would appear neat when she arrived in Australia.
Story education resources
Education Museum Victoria: Passport Education Kit
These resources focus on the history and experience of immigration to Victoria. It guides students through their visit to the Immigration Museum and provides activities for them to complete during their visit. The story of Cuc Lam is among a number of case studies provided. Designed for years 5 - 6, 7 - 8: (VELS) Levels 4 & 5.