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The Foundling Archive, Brunswick East, VIctoria

The foundling archive was established in 2013, as an experiment. We wanted to see if we could track Australia's social history through the old, personal photographs, films and small objects that no longer seemed relevant to their owners. These are the objects that find themselves being sold on ebay and in second-hand shops throughout Australia.
By looking at the bits and pieces we create, keep and eventually throw away, the foundling archive documents evidence of everyday life -of personalities, family dynamics, technological change and social development.

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location
390a Lygon St Brunswick East Victoria 3058 (map)
phone
+61 +61431529403

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Opening Hours

Wednesday - Saturday 10am-5pm

Entry Fee

Free

Location

390a Lygon Street Brunswick East VIctoria

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The Foundling Archive is maintained by The Good Room Brunswick East. The archive consists of:
Ephemera including letters, poetry, diaries, personal works on paper
Analogue film stock, both still and moving image, in any format (slides, glass plates etc)

Material has been created to capture memory, and the experience of everyday life. The defining element of this collection is that the material has been discarded or relinquished by its original owners.

The rationale behind collecting works created in the everyday realm is to demonstrate the capacity for personal stories to form a basis for sociological study and reflection.

The assumption is that experience is both individual and universal. Collecting discarded material also provides a home and a purpose for objects regarded by their original owners as obsolete or meaningless.

Significance

The collection has not been assessed for its significance on local, state or national heritage thresholds. However, the Good Room considers the collection significant for its research and communicative potential. It depicts elements of the late 19th century and 20th century social history as witnessed by the individual and as such, offers a perspective often missed in historical representations.

Domenica Mimi Tamburrino 29 April 2015 2:28 PM

I would like to know more and how I can contribute a summary of my family's migration to Australia from Italy. I saw an article in the italian newspaper "Il Globo" and it said someing about the Italian Museum and the Foundiling Archive seeking aprticipants for an exhibition on the Italian community. Thank you Mimi. My mob 0419 388211

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Photographic postcard- West Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photographic postcard

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Extract of Death Entry - Death Entry - Bertha Harriet Turner

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

A5, Blue front,

Historical information

Death extract of Bertha Harriet Turner, aged 75, mother of Col. G.A Turner, then of 7 Parklands Crescent Brighton

Inscriptions & Markings

State of Victoria Extract of Death Entry Registration Number 25798/62

Photograph

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

photographic postcard

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

me 1943 Boomerang photo service 27 piccadilly arcade 220 Pitt st

Photograph- Lost and Found

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This item is part of a collection of photographs and postcards found at 'Lost and Found' market, Lygon street, Brunswick East over the period between April 2013 and September 2013.

dad with horse

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

photograph

Historical information

Photograph taken between c1930-1950. This item is part of the West Sydney Collection. Which details the period around the Second World War from the perspective of a young woman and her family.

Inscriptions & Markings

'dad' handwritten on the back

Photographic postcard-West Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

1934 Don Hunt Don 3rd from left, front row

Photograph- West Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mary, Mum, me 1936 Valerie Studios C12 Hr Majesty's Arcade Sydney

Photograph

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mum,Mary Grimes

Potograph- w. Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Inscriptions & Markings

Hunt

Photograph West Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jim Central Station Photos 49 Little Strand Arcade Sydney

Photographs - R. Owen (Jack)

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This item is part of the ‘Jack’ collection. Photographs, negatives, slides, glass plates, stereographs, postcards, letters and other ephemera obtained from Tyaab Packing House Antique Centre in December 2013. All items collected by long-time collector and camera enthusiast Jack Russo.

Inscriptions & Markings

This item is part of the ‘Jack’ collection. Photographs, negatives, slides, glass plates, stereographs, postcards, letters and other ephemera obtained from Tyaab Packing House Antique Centre in December 2013. All items collected by long-time collector and camera enthusiast Jack Russo.

Photograph- West Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

me

Letter - Letter addressed to Col. G. A Turner from Senior Constable A.L Tassell

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Inscriptions & Markings

Victoria Police letterhead;

Photograph- West Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

1930 Me, Uncle Sam, Cousin Francis Kodak Print

Photograph- West Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

Charles Zukkenhour Grandfather

Photograph- Lost and Found

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This item is part of a collection of photographs and postcards found at 'Lost and Found' market, Lygon street, Brunswick East over the period between April 2013 and September 2013.

Christmas Card

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This item is part of a collection of photographs and postcards found at 'Lost and Found' market, Lygon street, Brunswick East over the period between April 2013 and September 2013.

Inscriptions & Markings

Season's Greetings Catsy Allen

Untitled

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This item is part of the R. Owen series and the Jack Collection. It depicts aspects Australian life in the 1970's.

Postcard - Lost and Found

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This item is part of a collection of photographs and postcards found at 'Lost and Found' market, Lygon street, Brunswick East over the period between April 2013 and September 2013.

Photograph

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

Barney Grimes, Mum, Mary Grimes

Photographic postcard- W.Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

me middle row, third from left 1931

Photograph- waterfall and ladies

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

photograph - fading evident

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Photographs- R. Owen (Jack Collection)

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Colour photographs

Historical information

This item is part of the ‘Jack’ collection. Photographs, negatives, slides, glass plates, stereographs, postcards, letters and other ephemera obtained from Tyaab Packing House Antique Centre in December 2013. All items collected by long-time collector and camera enthusiast Jack Russo.

Photograph- Tony Barber

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This item is part of a series of media photographs taken of Tony Barbar, Sale of the Century?

Photograph- Lost and Fpund

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This item is part of a collection of photographs and postcards found at 'Lost and Found' market, Lygon street, Brunswick East over the period between April 2013 and September 2013.

Application for air crew - Royal Australian Air Force - Application for air crew George Argo Turner (sr)

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Blue paper , black ink

Historical information

Here, we learn that George Argo Jr, attended Scotch College in Melbourne between 1931-1937, and that is parents (George Argo Sr and Bertha) were British. they all live at 3 Hotham Street East St. Kilda at this time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australia Air Force letterhead

Photograph- West Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

Dick, Dad, Jim,Mum,Harold, 1926

35mm Photographic Negative- Hannigan series (Jack)

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

These items form the Hannigan series, from the Jack Collection. It depicts aspects of Australian life in the 1970's. This looks at a visit to Lake Eildon and surrounds.

Photograph- W. Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photograph

Historical information

This photograph is part of the West Sydney Collection which depicts the period around Second World War in Australia from the perspective of a young unknown woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Jim with love from your big Sister PS501-18

Photographs- R. Owen (Jack Collection)

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This item is part of the ‘Jack’ collection. Photographs, negatives, slides, glass plates, stereographs, postcards, letters and other ephemera obtained from Tyaab Packing House Antique Centre in December 2013. All items collected by long-time collector and camera enthusiast Jack Russo.