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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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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

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

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"

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

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

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

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

Jim, Me, Mum, George

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

Jim, me, mum,George, 1936

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

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

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Inscriptions & Markings

Victoria Police letterhead;

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'

Letter - Letter of invitation to attend the conferring of the Freedom of Entry to the City of Deandenong

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Paper letter

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Military Service letterhead

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.

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.

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.

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.

35mm photographic negative - R. Own (Jack)

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photographic negative

Historical information

This item is part of the R. Owen series and 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.

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,

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

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

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

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

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,Mary Grimes

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

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

Photograph

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 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

Photograph- dec 1940

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

Dec 1940 LEICA-FLASH No.4 ROYAL ARCADE, SYDNEY QUOTE No. FOR EXTRA COPIES

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