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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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Bal Technikow ticket

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

sibirak conference booklet - 40 lat w Australii

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white paper, cream cover,

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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

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document of settlement in Australia - photographs and memoirs of members

1939 campaign

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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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Kreisler Radio mid 1950s

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Terra Nova Canberra invitation

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program for 10th anniversary of Dom Polski Syrena

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ex servicemen tasmania 1948

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male porait

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YMCA membership Germany DP

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ZHP booklet

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Polish CHRISTMAS pageant in Sydney

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photograph

Historical information

demonstration of Polish community activityIn Sydney during their fledgeling stage immediately after world War two

Significance

photograph of the Kondratowicz family in the Sydney area. One of the very few available photographs of the beginnings of the Polish community in Sydney. Photographic document showing interaction with local clergy.

Gold Caterpillar

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small gold coloured caterpillar

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pin given to air men who had survived jumping out of aeroplanes during the war on a parachute. The parachutes were produced by the Caterpillar company and symbolically acknowledged the survivors. This particular pin was given to sergeant Jan Artymiuk

Significance

war time memorabilia and remanents of war veterans experiences

suitcase of life

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sibirak jednodniowka

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Terra Nova Melbourne invitation 2000

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray