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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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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

Me, friends 1941 Kodak Prints

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-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.

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.

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.

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.

Letter - Letter of invitation to attend the conferring of the Freedom of Entry to the City of Deandenong

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Paper letter

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Military Service letterhead

Photograph - Jack Collection

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This item for part of series 13 (26 items) of the 'Jack Collection'. This series depicts life in Australia between the 1930's and the 1980s. Photographs are from one family.

Inscriptions & Markings

The house half built Macedon.

Photograph- dec 1940

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

Dec 1940 LEICA-FLASH No.4 ROYAL ARCADE, SYDNEY QUOTE No. FOR EXTRA COPIES

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- 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 - Jack Collection

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photographic negatives.

Historical information

This series (0004.1.01 - 0004.1.10) relates to Australian recreation and holidays in the 1940's. These negatives form part of the 'Jack' collection.

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

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

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 - Jack Collection

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This item for part of series 13 (26 items) of the 'Jack Collection'. This series depicts life in Australia between the 1930's and the 1980s. Photographs are from one family.

Photographic negatives - 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 - Jack Collection

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This item for part of series 13 (26 items) of the 'Jack Collection'. This series depicts life in Australia between the 1930's and the 1980s. Photographs are from one family.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Dear Lily, With love and Christmas greeting from Reg & Lois "Xma 1949".

Remembrance Day oral history collection 2014

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

This oral history collection consists of 20 interviewees, and over 25 hours of interview. Here, participants were asked to think about their own personal connection to war or conflict - whether it be through direct personal experience or through through own personal heritage. We asked the participants to reflect on their reasons for remembering and forgetting aspects of the experience of war in order to better understand the nature of commemoration.

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

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-me and mum

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, mu

Potograph- w. Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Inscriptions & Markings

Hunt

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

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 and the Barlows, Circular Quay Dec 1940 LEICA-FLASH No. 4 ROYAL ARCADE, SYDNEY,QUOTE NO.FOR EXTRA COPIES WE61233

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 - 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- girl and car

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

Pippy, outside Father Inghams Tarree 22.2.47

35mm photographic Negative - Jack Collection

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

This series (0004.01.01 - 0004.01.10) forms part of the 'Jack' Collection. It depicts aspects of Australian life and recreation in the 1940's.

Photograph - me, mum walking

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

Me, Mum