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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

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Tygodnik Katolicki

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polonia

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YMCA membership Germany DP

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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

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air force medal card

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Historical information

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

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ZHP booklet

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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.

1940s cigarette tin

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carnival ball ticket

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Gold Caterpillar

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small gold coloured caterpillar

Historical information

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

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