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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

Contact

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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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- 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.

Training Notes- Military - Ex Secret Training Notes- George A. Turner (Jr)

The Foundling Archive, Brunswick East

Paper, purple typing.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Ex Secret" Puckapunyal Training Area

Photograph- me and mum

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

W139.11 Me, Mum G. McGrath PS HER MAJESTY'S ARCADE, SYDNEY extra copies are obtainable by quoting number

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

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

me, front row 4th from left Olive Smith

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

V350E Smith

Photograph- West 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

U350B Smith

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

Olive Smith 33 Willis street Kingsford Phone: FX2115 Front row, third from right

Baker Memorial Hall Fiji 1926 - Baker Memorial Hall Fiji 1926

The Foundling Archive, Brunswick East

Black and white photograph adhered to cardboard. Slight light damage (fogging LHT corner) and minor yellowing.

Historical information

Photograph taken in 1926 of Baker memorial hall in Fiji. contact print form glass plate? Direct paper exposure?

Significance

Fiji Missionary? architecture, travel, historical

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.

35mm photographic negative - R. Own (Jack)

The Foundling Archive, Brunswick East

Photographic negative

Historical information

This item is part of the R. Owen series and the Jack Collection.

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.

Book - One Fella Lost

The Foundling Archive, Brunswick East

Ring-bound paperback publication.

Historical information

Picture story book written by Mission teacher, Miss Muriel Burthon, with illustrations based on drawings by Nugget James, from the Baptist Mission, Warrabri Native Settlement, Northern Territory. The book is published by Mission Publications Australia. This book states its uses as: as a story book and as an evangelizing tool.

Significance

Historic Significance: this item reflects the nature of the relationship between Indigenous residents of Aboriginal missions and the mission masters. It provides an indication of the perception and representation of indigenous Australians during the early to mid- 20th Century. This item is a tangible reminder of the systematic captivity of indigenous Australians across the late 19th and 20th Centuries.

Inscriptions & Markings

"One/Fella/Lost"

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 - West 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

U350 B Smith

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

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

Mum with Ollie as a kid Sth Kensington Kodak Print

Photograph - 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

Smith 3 Dad, Mum, Jim HB732 36

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

Yadilah prints Wallacia

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?

Postcard- beach

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.

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.

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

The Foundling Archive, Brunswick East

Inscriptions & Markings

Victoria Police letterhead;

Photographic Card- 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Season's Greetings Catsy Allens

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.

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.

Photograph-Souvenir of our trip to Jenolan Caves

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.

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

Auntie Bettie and Dad No 1 mipson ? rd Cremorne McGrath p15 her Majesty's Arcade Sydney

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.