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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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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

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

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- 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- 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, 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

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, 1934

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

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.

waterfalls and ladies 2

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

1935 Mum in beret, Aunt Elizabeth in black, me in front inberet

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

Joe Smith (Dad) Kodak Print 2061

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'

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- 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

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

Postcard- West Sydney

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photograph 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

Middle row, 4th from left

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".

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

Christmas Card

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 Allen

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- 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 - 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- 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- 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.

Drivers Licence - Motorcycle Driver's Licence - George Argo Turner (Senior)

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Paper licence, green with red and black ink

Inscriptions & Markings

'Lood and Live' logo Licence number 584 970

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.

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

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Inscriptions & Markings

Victoria Police letterhead;