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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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35mm Photographic Negative- Hannigan series (Jack)

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Historical information

These items form the Hannigan series, from the Jack Collection. It depicts aspects of Australian life in the 1970's. This looks at a visit to Lake Eildon and surrounds.

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- 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- 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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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- 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.

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-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.

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,

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

Joe Smith (Dad) Kodak Print 2061

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

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- 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- 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yours Sincerely, Ethel

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

Baker Memorial Hall Fiji 1926 - Baker Memorial Hall Fiji 1926

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Black and white photograph adhered to cardboard. Slight light damage (fogging LHT corner) and minor yellowing.

Historical information

Photograph taken in 1926 of Baker memorial hall in Fiji. contact print form glass plate? Direct paper exposure?

Significance

Fiji Missionary? architecture, travel, historical

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

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 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

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 Lily,From Annie and Fred