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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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Contact Information

location
390a Lygon St Brunswick East Victoria 3058 (map)
phone
+61 +61431529403

Contact

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

Key words

portrait; man

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Untitled

Key words

women; street; 1930's; 1940's

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Postcard - St Georges St. Cape Town

Key words

postcard; south africa; cape town; lost and found

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photographic negatives - R. Owen (Jack Collection)

Key words

australia; portrait; 1970's; woman; rural; family; wedding

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Postcard - Lost and Found

Key words

rhodesia; zimbabwe; lost and found; postcard

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photographic postcard- West Sydney

Key words

suburbia; west sydney; australia; 1930's; school photo

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

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Jim, Me, Mum, George

Key words

1930's; west sydney: brothers; sisters; family

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

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photograph- Lost and Found

Key words

mugshot; man

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

dad with horse

Key words

second world war; west sydney; dad; horse; 1940's; australia

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

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photograph- West Sydney

photograph

Inscriptions & Markings

Dad, Me 1927 Kodak Print C7118

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photograph- Lost and Found

Key words

car;women;wedding;bridesmaids;1920's; 1930's

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photographs - R. Owen (Jack Collection)

Key words

portrait; 1970's; man; lady; children; groovy; australia

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photograph - Jack Collection

Key words

1940's house; home; suburbia;

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Letter and handkerchiefs- Jack Collection

Key words

second world war; australia; 1941; craft; east st. kilda; letter; siblings; brother; sister; jack collection; australia

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Postcard- West Sydney

Key words

school photo; postcard; west sydney; australia; suburbia; grade 3

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

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

no image

Extract of Death Entry - Death Entry - Bertha Harriet Turner

Key words

victoria
social history
mother
death

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

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photograph- Tony Barber

Key words

tony barber; australia; television; suburbia; game show

Historical information

This item is part of a series of media photographs taken of Tony Barbar, Sale of the Century?

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

no image

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

Paper letter

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Military Service letterhead

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photographs- R. Owen (Jack Collection)

Key words

easter; easter egg; ethnic representation; 1970's; australia

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photographic postcard-West Sydney

Key words

children; west sydney; australia; school photo

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

1934 Don Hunt Don 3rd from left, front row

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photograph- waterfall and ladies

Key words

west sydney; australia; waterfalls; women; holidays

photograph - fading evident

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photograph- Lost and Found

Key words

portrait; 1900's; ethel; personal card

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

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photograph- West Sydney

Key words

primary school; suburbia; 1930's; west sydney; australia

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

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

35mm Photographic Negative- Hannigan series (Jack)

Key words

lake eildon; australia; recreation; house; home; holiday; 1970's jack; hannigan; photographer

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photographs - R. Owen (Jack Collection)

Key words

australia; photographic study; flowers; 1970's

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photograph- Tony Barber

Key words

sale of the century; game show; tony barber; australia; television; suburbia

Historical information

This item is part of a series of media photographs taken of Tony Barbar, Sale of the Century?

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Postcard, Tangier Morocco 1905

Key words

tangier; morrocco; postcard; 1905

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.

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photographic postcard- West Sydney

Key words

olive smith; west sydney; 1930's australia; children; grade 5;suburbia; school photo

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

Olive Smith 33 Willis street Kingsford Phone: FX2115 Front row, third from right

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

waterfalls and ladies 2

Key words

waterfalls; west sydney; australia; women; second world war

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

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East

Photographic Card- Lost and Found

Key words

christmas; season's greetings; teenagers' 1930's

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

The Foundling Archive,, Brunswick East