Museum and Archives in Australia
Archiwum Polonii Australijskiej
ROCZNIK MAPA - CALL TO PAPERS
The Polish Museum and Archives in Australia (Muzeum i Archiwum Polonii Australijskiej)
The Annales of the PMAA/Rocznik MAPA have been first published in 1996.
The series publishes interdisciplinary scholarship on the history of Poland with a specific focus on Polish migration to Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.
It aims to document, promote and disseminate knowledge through discussion of historical knowledge.
The publication also aspires to contribute to a broader understanding of the social, economic, and political culture of the Polish Australian community.
The 2022 edition will be published on the first anniversary of the passing of its founder and first editor Dr. Zdzislaw Andrzej Derwinski.
Fields of interest:
Historical and cultural studies, incorporating fields such as archive studies, genealogy, art history, and social sciences.
Specific focus on history of Polish migration to Australia, New Zealand and Oceania; Polish-Australian relations; Migratory movements; and History of Poland.
The MAPA/PMAA requirements:
1. The text, in English or Polish, must not exceed 35-40,000 characters, including spaces and notes.
PMAA Annales/ Rocznik MAPA has adopted the
Chicago Manual of Style.
2. The volume will be published online and in paper version. Each Author can accompany the text with images (max. 5/6), in the most common formats; the author must ensure that is authorised to publish them). They will be published in colour in the online version and in black and white in the paper version.
3. All submissions will be evaluated by an Editorial Board, strictly on academic grounds. The screening will be done independently and without conflicts of interest. The definitive texts supplied by authors will be also a subject to a double-blind peer review undertaken by members of the Editorial Board or an external specialist.
4. To the article, the Author must attach an abstract in English (max. 250 words), 5 keywords in English and a Biographical Statement (max. 100 words) containing the Authors full name and affiliation, personal history, academic program and position, research fields, current research project and institutional e-mail (not required).
The final deadline for the paper's submission will be June 30th, 2022.
Polish Museum and Archives Australia
Email: [email protected]
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:
Activities and Projects
The Polish Soldier
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.
In 1947 and 1948
Australia accepted a very specific Polish migrant. Over 1,500 former
members of the Polish military based in the United Kingdom arrived in
Australia aboard the “Asturias” and the “Strathnaver”. These men
represented various military services including the Carpathian Brigade,
the Air Force, Armoured Division and the Second Corps. A sizeable
number worked on the Hydro-Electric Scheme in Tasmania; but many were
sent to various parts of Australia. These men were vital to the
establishment of Polish community structures in the following decades.
They also represent a significant prelude to the massive post-war
Polish migration from the displaced persons camps scattered throughout
The Polish Museum and Archives in Australia is seeking to document this
unique group of Polish soldier migrants in the form of a publication
and is currently conducting research. You can register your details
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.
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.
If you would like
to donate an object to the collection, please contact the President,
life in Australia - life in migrant hostels, the two-year work
homes, community structures and cultural life.
on Polish migrants’ lives today.
in the form here.
If you would like to share your story as part of our oral history
programme, please contact the President,
in the form here.
If you would like
to make a financial donation please forward your cheque or money order
to the Polish
Museum and Archives in Australia, or direct deposit to BSB 063100, account no 1020 3665, name of account: Polish Museum and Archives.