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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

Mum with Ollie as a kid Sth Kensington Kodak Print

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- 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.

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.

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

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- 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

1930 Me, Uncle Sam, Cousin Francis Kodak Print

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.

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- 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yours Sincerely, Ethel

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

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- 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

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

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

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- 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 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Back of photographs indicate date range from 1969 - 1974

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

Photo- Big Band

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

Colonial Camera Shop 6908 Windsor Ave Berwyn Illonois

Photographs- R. Owen (Jack Collection)

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Color phorographs

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

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

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.

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,

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.

Postcard - St Georges St. Cape Town

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 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'

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