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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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POW dog tag

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

POW id

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

program for 10th anniversary of Dom Polski Syrena

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

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

rowville biuletyn

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

Ryngraf

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

1940s cigarette tin

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

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

sibirak jednodniowka

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

soldiers berret

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

soldiers identity card

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

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

1940s silver cigarette case

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

suitcase of life

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

Sydney Polonia welcoming Polish sailors

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

Historical information

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

Terra Nova Canberra invitation

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

Terra Nova Melbourne invitation 2000

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

terra nova program

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

Tygodnik Katolicki

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

Virtuti Militari

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

wolf

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

YMCA membership Germany DP

Polish Museum & Archives in Australia, Footscray

ZHP booklet

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