Museum and Archives in Australia
Archiwum Polonii Australijskiej
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:
Activities and Projects
Polish Museum and Archives continually seeks significant objects,
documents and photographs that relate to the story of Polish post war
migration experiences. It would be a lost opportunity to make our mark
on the multicultural mosaic of Australia and for our own sense of
cultural identify, if we were to lose these treasures, just because
their true significance was not recognised at the time.
and preserve documents, medals, objects, photographs and other
materials that have historical significance to the Polish community and
the wider community in Australia.
materials available to members of the general public and academics for
research and other activities, such as exhibitions.
cooperatively with organisations that have similar goals.
reference materials and books about the history and experiences of
Polish immigration to Australia.
support for the Polish Museum and Archive’s activities from mainstream,
government and non-profit organisations and individuals.
Oral History Project:
post-war Polish immigrants are today our senior citizens. It is
therefore important to document the experiences of these early
pioneers. Such experiences include:
is vital that these stories be recorded and passed down to future
generations of Polish Australians. They should also be documented as
part of the greater multicultural Australian experience.
life in Australia - life in migrant hostels, the two-year work
homes, community structures and cultural life.
on Polish migrants’ lives today.