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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- 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

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- 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

Dad, Uncle Sam, Mum, Jim

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- 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.

Photograph- golf

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.

Photograph - Friend 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

Friend and Mum at Randwick races

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 - 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.

Letter - Letter from Pat Turner to her husband G. A Turner Jr (ii)

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

This letter details the affection Pat has for G. A Jr. He appears to be residing at 'Hoppings',( rehab or hospital?). Pat may be pregnant at this time.

Historical information

This collection documents correspondence and official documents of the Turner family, of Victoria. This collection dates between the 1930s and 1960s. Please note, featured are three generations of G.A Turner's, grandfather, son and grandson. This collection includes death and birth certificates, military correspondence, personal letters writer between family members and other official documents relating to the physical and mental health of the subjects, military service and everyday life.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Friday Evening'

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- 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?

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

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

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

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

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 negatives

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

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

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

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- 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- 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

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

35mm photographic negatives- R Owen (Jack)

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

photographic negatives

Historical information

These negatives depict an Australian family in the 1970's. This series is part of the Jack Collection,

Untitled

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- 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

Me, 4th from left Daceyville Primary

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?