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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 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- 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

Mum & Dad 188 12-163-19 21

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, mum Milo Studio Newsagent 12c Her Majesty's Archade 690520

Potograph- w. Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Inscriptions & Markings

Hunt

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

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

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

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

FRONT: Aunt Millie; Mum BACK: Auntie Millie, Mum

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.

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- 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.

Photograph- W.Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photgraph

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 and friends

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

Letter - Letter from Brig. R T Eason to Col. G A Turner

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Paper letter, typed

Historical information

This collection consists of documents relating to the life of Col G.A Turner. It includes official letters, personal correspondence between the subject and loved ones, police reports, birth and death certificates and military documents.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Military Forces letterhead

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- West Sydney girls, cars and houses

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- 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

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- mum, me, tony ? and Kay

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, me, Tony ? + Kay 1939

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yours Sincerely, Ethel

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.

Photographic negative - 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- 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

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.

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 and handkerchiefs- Jack Collection

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Letter, envelope and handkerchiefs (3) - Jack Collection

Historical information

This item is part of the Jack collection. It consists of a letter, written to a woman, Miss Sylvia Jackson, from her brother,Allen R. Jackson, who has been deployed overseas during the Second World War and three handkerchiefs, which the letter-writer as made in the field. Letter written 5th March 1941

Inscriptions & Markings

This letter was written by A.R Jackson to his sister Sylvia Jackson on March 5th 1941. Letter addressed to East St Kilda.

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

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.