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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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independence day coctail party invitation

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sibirak jednodniowka

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suitcase of life

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carnival ball ticket

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Air force association hon. member 1

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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

pprint

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Air force association hon. member

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soldiers berret

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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

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Sydney Polonia welcoming Polish sailors

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Polish wartime ship arrived in Sydney - welcomed by fledgling community and local supporters of Poland

Significance

documentation of Polish presence and activities for the war cause during WWII

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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.

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catepillar club

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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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