We began in 2012 as a collection of photography, home-film, and small personal objects that had been discarded or relinquished by its original owners. The aim was to find a function for this material.  We hoped to create projects and exhibitions that showed their worth - a connection to history, community and society, that its original owners had forgotten or not recognised.   

This collection reminds us of the value of inter-generational conversations, family history and experience sharing. A sample of the collection can be viewed on the Victorian Collections website.

Through our projects, we have also collected over 300 oral histories. Each person shares unique hopes & losses - something new and still familiar for us to learn from. 

Got an idea? Want to explore the collections? For access to complete conversations  Contact Us 

300 recorded conversations

Places Represented

Albury, Ballarat, Brighton, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Broadmeadows, Carlton, Coburg, Fawkner, Footscray, Glen Iris, Glenroy, Malvern, Malvern East, Northcote, Lalor, Thomastown, Thornbury, & Werribee   


Themes include:

 gentrification and community change, commemoration, protest & activism, Belonging, traditions & cultural change, growing up in an orphanage, inter-generational relationships, the migrant experience, social mobility, being multicultural, the importance of friendships & social places, the experience of war and conflict, its aftermath, belonging and much, much more. 

But most importantly, each conversation shares a moment in someone's life that we can learn from and the universal experiences of love, grief, joy, loss & hope. 

We have some snippets for you!

This film clip was produced by local Melbourne band, Brown Spirits. It uses our 'lost & found' film stock. 

Jack  Collection, The Foundling Archive Lost & Found Collection Item 006.001