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Polish Museum & Archives in Australia Footscray, Victoria

The Polish Museum and Archives in Australia was established in 1991 as an initiative of a number of people who saw the importance of collecting and preserving historical materials that reflected the individual and community life of Polish immigrants living in Australia. The organisation was incorporated in 1992.

The aims of the organisation are to:
Collect and preserve documents, medals, objects, photographs and other materials that have historical significance to the Polish community and the wider community in Australia.
Make materials available to members of the general public and academics for research and other activities, such as exhibitions.
Work cooperatively with organisations that have similar goals.
Publish reference materials and books about the history and experiences of Polish immigration to Australia.
Seek support for the Polish Museum and Archive’s activities from mainstream, government and non-profit organisations and individuals.

Contact Information

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Millennium House 296 Nicholson St Footscray Victoria (map)
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Opening Hours

First and third Saturday of the month. Hours: 10am - 4pm. By appointment on Sundays.

Entry Fee

Gold coin donation.

Location

Millennium House 296 Nicholson St Footscray Victoria

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list of members of air force association 1970

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Carpathian Brigade badge

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metal badge with green cypress tree being the symbol of the carpathian brigade

Historical information

military memorabilia from world War two. This brigade was initially stationed in the middle east, in particular in Syria Lebanon and eventually moved to North Africa where it took part in the battle of the Tobruk and subsequently in Italy where it took part in the battle of monte casino

Significance

one of the few remaining elements of this Brigades (in Australia.

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Nelly Times 1949

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suitcase of life

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Help Poland Live collection box

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

white painted wooden collection box from 1980 with the solidarity symbol on the side'

Historical information

during 1980 when when military government was impose on Poland and the free solidarity you trade union was banned. The Australian Polish community established that help Poland live campaign where it gathered funds for humanitarian purposes. Such boxes were widespread during the collection process.

Significance

one of the very few remaining help Poland live collection boxes

Inscriptions & Markings

read solidarity logo on the front of the box coin slipped on top. Metal handle on the back

refugees press publication

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

56 page publication issued by the executive committee of the Polish union in Germany in 1947 editor Jerzy Grot Kwasniewski. The publication describes the situation of the Polish refugees throughout Europe their numbers, circumstances and conditions

Historical information

this publication describes the general circumstances of her Polish refugees scattered throughout Europe in the post war period. It does not limit it sell to just those in Europe but also in other countries around the world. It attempts to quantify the numbers and goes into detail about the circuit stands is of their refuges

Significance

this is an extremely unique and rare item. It is one of the few remaining copies of this type surviving in the world

Inscriptions & Markings

paper whites with blue heading and black print

sibirak jednodniowka

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1940s cigarette tin

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female portrait

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Matka Boska mid 1950s - wedding gift

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Terra Nova Canberra invitation

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ex servicemen tasmania 1948

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YMCA membership Germany DP

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Air force association hon. member 1

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Ryngraf

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air force medal card

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this identity card proves that the air force medal was awarded to Jan Artymiuk

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Air force association hon. member

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camera 1950s

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