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Australian Multicultural Community Services Maidstone, Victoria

Australian Multicultural Community Services Inc (AMCS) is a community-based and charitable organization, based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. AMCS works closely with the Australian Polish Historical Society and in 2011 was funded by the State Government to establish a virtual museum about the Polish community in Victoria including a collection of significant items. Comprehensive information about the Polish community can be found on www.polishcommunity.org.au
AMCS hopes to continue to increase the existing collection and would like to hear from any individuals who may have items of significance that could be listed on the Victorian Collections website.

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Suite 111 44-56 Hampstead Rd Maidstone Victoria (map)
phone
+61 +613 9689 9170
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9am-5pm

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none

Location

Suite 111 44-56 Hampstead Rd Maidstone Victoria

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travel suitcase

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

A portable rectangular container for carrying clothes, colour blue, brown inside

Historical information

this travel suitcase belonged to deceased Marian Dabrowski, ex-soldier, migrant from Poland who came to Australia as a refugee after II World War and settled down in Melbourne

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

Annual Report - Australian - Polish Community Services first Annual Report 1983-1984

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

colour: cream, 10 pages including cover page, one-sided printing

Historical information

Australian - Polish Community Services was established as an independent organisation at the inaugural meeting on the 10th May 1983. There were four full-time workers who used office at 1 French Street, Footscray by the courtesy of MRC Footscray. The office acted as a first point of contact for all persons of the Polish community who needed welfare services or assistance of any kind. Currently the agency manages eight aged care programs (funded by the federal and state governments) that support over 500 clients a week, with a particular focus on elders from Eastern European backgrounds. Additionally, organisation's activities include emergency relief, English and computer classes, aged care courses and several sustainability projects per year.

Significance

first Annual Report in history of Australian - Polish Community Services which highlights initiatives and achievements undertaken during the first year of existence

Inscriptions & Markings

signature of Treasurer J.B. Talaska

driving licence - Driver - License for Marian Dabrowski born on 22/12/1904 in Drozdowo Kr Lomrza domiciled in Bed Reichenhall Legitimations number DPG 09703260

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

green paper

Historical information

this document belonged to deceased Marian Dabrowski, ex-soldier, migrant from Poland who came to Australia as a refugee after II World War; It was issued on 8 August 1946 in Bad Reichenhall (Germany)

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

Inscriptions & Markings

cover - stamp of town hall, No: DPG 09703260 inside - photo of holder Marian Dabrowski and his signature; stamp of town hall and signature of authorised representative

booklet - 10th Anniversary of Polish Carpathian Group in Australia 1947-1957

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

13 pages including cover page and letter from Editor

Historical information

Booklet was published in 1957 to celebrate 10th anniversary of arrival in Australia of the first group of Polish ex-servicemen.

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

Inscriptions & Markings

signatures of some members of Polish Carpathian Group on the cover page

wooden crate

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

solid timber construction, painted green with a metal fastener on the front and two metal handles on either side

Historical information

this contained the family belongings leaving Germany to come to Melbourne Australia in 1950

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

meeting minutes

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

2 sheets of paper from exercise book

Historical information

Australian Polish Community Services was established in 1983 as a community, non for profit and charitable organisation, with the main purpose of responding to the needs and aspirations and promoting the interests of the Polish Australian community in western suburbs of Melbourne. The first Committee of Management meeting was held on 10/05/1983

Significance

first official document in history of Australian Polish Community Services

Inscriptions & Markings

handwritten document

Travel Document - Travel Document (Agreement of 15th October, 1946) Titre De Voyage (Accord du 15 octobre 1946)

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

green book, contains information about Stanislaw (Bill) Nowak, document served in lieu of a national passport, issued on 15th October 1946, the holder of this document was the concern of the International Refugee Organization, this document contains 32 pages, exclusive of cover

Historical information

travel document of Stanislaw (Bill) Nowak, born in Poland 14/01/1927, he came to Australia in 1951 as a refugee after II World War, this document was used instead of national passport

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

Inscriptions & Markings

many inscriptions in relation to Stanislaw (Bill) Nowak including visas and description of person

grater

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

steel, sharp perforations, rusted

Historical information

this item belongs to the Polish family; it was home made in the displaced persons camp in Paderbonn, Germany; the family arrived in Australia in 1950 and settled down in Melbourne

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

traditional Polish outfit

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

white top, apron, colorful skirt, vest, garland

Historical information

Apparel and fashion in Poland has been influenced by the resources available, climate, and also by the other cultures. There are German, Czech, Russian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Austrian and other influences in the traditional dress of each region. Because of these diverse influences, each region of Poland has its own local traditional dress. There are roughly 60 unique costumes attributed to the different areas in Poland.

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

baby bath

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

made of galvanised iron, 2 handles either side

Historical information

this baby bath came out with the refugee family post second world war from Germany

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

Polish flag

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

red and white, cotton

Historical information

The falg was displayed during the meeting of Pope John Paul II with Poles from Australia on MCG in 1986; the eagle on the flag (national Polish emblem) has a crown on its head, which was not allowed during a communist regime in Poland

Significance

commemorate the visit of Pope John Paul II in Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

Polish emblem

traditional Polish outfit

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

white top, apron, colorful skirt, vest, garland

Historical information

Apparel and fashion in Poland has been influenced by the resources available, climate, and also by the other cultures. There are German, Czech, Russian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Austrian and other influences in the traditional dress of each region. Because of these diverse influences, each region of Poland has its own local traditional dress. There are roughly 60 unique costumes attributed to the different areas in Poland.

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

internationaler führerschein (international license)

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

brownish paper, 42 pages, back cover blank, page 37&38 folded page 2 contains list of countries where this license could be used page 4 -

Historical information

international license (internationaler führerschein) was issued on 16 June 1947 in Ingolstadt. It was issued according to international agreement from 24 April 1926; this document belonged to deceased Marian Dabrowski, ex-soldier, migrant from Poland who came to Australia as a refugee after II World War

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

Inscriptions & Markings

front cover: stamp and signature of authorised person page 3: stamp, photo of holder Marian Dabrowski and handwritten info about holder of license page 38; 2 stamps which identify the category of license (A&B), handwritten info about holder

prescription

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

cream paper

Historical information

prescription was issued by Dr F.H. Hocking, The Paisley Street Medical Group, 20/06/1956 this item belonged to deceased Marian Dabrowski, ex-soldier, Polish migrant who came to Australia as a refugee after II World War and settled down in Melbourne

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

Inscriptions & Markings

stamp of Bannon's Pharmacy at 133a Hopkins St. Footscray

photo

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

black and white photo, carved edge

Historical information

photo was taken on "Hellenic Prince" in 1950; ship left Naples in Italy and arrived in Australia (Melbourne) on 25th April 1950 (Anzac Day)

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

baby milk bottle

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

glass

Historical information

it was given by Red Cross to the Polish family with one child in the displaced persons camp in Paderbonn, Germany, 1950 prior to migration to Australia

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

Inscriptions & Markings

"made in USA 3 A 45" mark on the bottom of the bottle

coupon-reponse international

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

cream paper, blue print

Historical information

This coupon has been issued in Australia and was exchangeable in any country of the Universal Postal Union for a postage stamp, 50s, bought in Bathurst camp, NSW Australia by Polish migrant Marian Dabrowski who came to Australia after II World War

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

Inscriptions & Markings

stamp - Bathurst camp, NSW Australia

pillow case - craft

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

white, linen pillow case

Historical information

The pillow case was a part of the wedding dowry of Zofia Mioduszewska. She maid it herself. It was tradition that every young girl had to prepare her own items needed in her new household. Made in 40s.

Significance

example of embroidery from Podlachia

Inscriptions & Markings

initials ZG (Zofia Godlewska)

card

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

cover: green with yellow and blue lines, emblem of 5 Kresowa Dywizja Piechoty and map of Poland before II World War inside: cream with white marks

Historical information

The card authorise Stanislaw Nowak to wear commemorative badge of 5 Kresowa Dywizja Piechoty. Issue date 14 August 1946

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

Inscriptions & Markings

stamp of 5 Kresowa Dywizja Piechoty; signature of Commander of 5 Kresowa Dywizji Piechoty, Brigadier General Sulik Nikodem

certificate - certificate of Polish Veterans Association - Ex-Soldiers Mutual Aid, No 545

Australian Multicultural Community Services, Maidstone

brownish paper

Historical information

certificate of Polish Veterans Association - Ex-soldiers Mutual Aid was issued on 1/05/1948 by Branch 601 - Ingolstadt (American Zone of Germany); this document belonged to deceased Marian Dabrowski, ex-soldier, Polish migrant who came to Australia as a refugee after II World War and settled down in Melbourne

Significance

one of a few items of this kind which has survived to present days

Inscriptions & Markings

certificate number 545 cover: red stamp of Polish Veterans Association, Branch 601 inside: photo of holder and his signature, 2 green stamps of Polish Veterans Association, American Zone of Germany, signature of Chairman and signature of Branch Director