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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

location
Millennium House 296 Nicholson St Footscray VIC 3011 (map)
phone
+61 0403 655 044

Contact

Opening Hours

3rd Sunday of the month: 10 am to 2 pm Closed - Easter, Christmas and 1st January Or by appointment. Please note that access to the archives for research purposes is by appointment only.

Entry Fee

Gold coin donation.

Location

Millennium House 296 Nicholson St Footscray Victoria

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Air force association hon. member 1

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eagle from soldiers berret

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metal alloy

Historical information

worn by soldiers within the first Polish armoured division in Europe

Significance

remaining elements of soldiers uniforms worn during world War two

sibirak conference booklet - 40 lat w Australii

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

white paper, cream cover,

Historical information

Siberian survivors - the history of this particular groups on the 40th anniversary of arrival, settlement and self organisation in Australia - testiimony to their displacement - documentation of their members in Victoria

Significance

document of settlement in Australia - photographs and memoirs of members

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cross of valour identity card

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identity card made from card whites paper

Historical information

Polish Cross of valour awarded in June 1941 to Sgt Jan Artymiuk of the 300 Polish squadron based in Swinderby Lincolnshire

Significance

documents linked to a significant activist within the Polish community in Victoria who was highly awarded during world War two

Inscriptions & Markings

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air force medal card

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

Historical information

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

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soldiers identity card

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soldiers identity card from world War two belonging to Stanislaw Blumnerves in the vehicle's

Historical information

identity cardsissued to members of the Polish military forces in the West.

Significance

unique documents of the Polish military fighting under the command of the British Allied forces belonging to a significant individual in the Polish community

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Diploma

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list of members of air force association 1970

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

1940s cigarette tin

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

YMCA membership Germany DP

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catepillar club

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Kreisler Radio mid 1950s

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

Persian jewelry box from Istfahan

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Bal Technikow ticket

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