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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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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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1940s silver cigarette case

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Carpathian Brigade badge

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

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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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Terra Nova Canberra invitation

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cross of valour identity card

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

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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Bal Technikow ticket

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Air force association hon. member

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sibirak jednodniowka

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

Polish CHRISTMAS pageant in Sydney

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

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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air force wedding

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Kreisler Radio mid 1950s

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Nelly Times 1949

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