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Slovenian Association Melbourne Research, Victoria

The Slovenian Association Melbourne was founded in 1954 – proudly one of the first Slovenian clubs in Melbourne. From humble beginnings at a small property in Carlton, it has grown to become a well-resourced, picturesque hospitality establishment over 17 acres in the beautiful undulating hills of Research, the perfect Slovenian hillside setting. The Association was originally established to assist settlers of Slovenian origin with their integration into the Australian community. However as time progressed and the Australian-Slovenian population grew it has evolved into a successful social, sporting, cultural and charitable organisation.
Today, the Slovenian Association Melbourne continues to thrive, maintaining a link with our 'motherland', promoting the Slovenian cultural and ethnic heritage, thereby contributing to the Australian multicultural way of life.

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82 Ingrams Road Research Victoria (map)
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+61 +613 9437 1226
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82 Ingrams Road Research Victoria

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HASA (Historical Archives of Slovenians in Australia) aims to preserve the history of Slovenians in Australia. It showcases the most important historical, social, cultural and multicultural events in the history of Slovenians in Australia, as they established the Slovenian associations and gathered at Slovenian church services in most capital cities of Australia.

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Unique Slovenian migrant history objects, documentation, crafts, poetry and other literature works.

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Watercolour pattern - Marcela Bole - Bluebell pattern 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Watercolour pattern of blue bells arrangement

Inscriptions & Markings

Gec Marcelina

Photo - Family Gec, parents sitting - Ema, Ludvik, Pavla, Janez, Ljudmila and Marcela,1938

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Family Gec, parents sitting - Ema, Ludvik, Pavla, half brother Janez, Ljudmila and Marcela in 1938

Historical information

Parents Gec, brothers and sisters of the poet Marcela Bole, 1938

Embroidery - Neva Roeder-Bole embroidery, 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue embroidery and netting on pink linen

Blue cross stitch doily - Neva Roeder-Bole, blue cross stitch on white doily

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue, counted cross stitch on white linen

Jubillee plate, carved - Silver Jubillee plate

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Wooden carved plate with the carved text -Slovenian Association Melbourne, Silver Anniversary and some floral and geometrical ornaments

Historical information

Wooden plates a traditional Slovenian item for various souvenirs and celebration items. The plates were produced for the 25th Anniversary of the Slovenian Association Melbourne

Significance

Celebrated anniversary

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovensko društvo Melbourne v priznanje in spomin ob 25. letnici - Slovenian Assocaition Melbourne in appreciation at the time of Silver Jubillee. SDM 1954-1979

Photo of the Finale of the play Divji lovec - The Poacher - Finale photo of the play Divji lovec - The Poacher, 1968

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the Finale of the play Divji lovec - The Poacher, performed in 1968. Director was Ivan Valenčič.

watercolour symbolic leaf pattern - Marcela Bole - watercolour autumn leaf ornament

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Watercolour painting presenting leaf ornament

Historical information

Painting and ornaments were taught at the convent school at Tomaj where Marcela attended the school. She was taught by the Nuns

Inscriptions & Markings

Jesenski ornament - Autumn leaf ornament

Photo of the Slovenian Club Melbourne AGM in 1958 - Annual General Meeting of the Slovenian Club Melbourne in 1958

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the members of the Slovenian Club Melbourne at the Annual general meeting in 1958 in

Historical information

Slovenian Club Melbourne held an AGM every year of its existence since the establishment. The past Committee was dissolved and a new Committee was elected with the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Each Committee members was given a job to fulfil.

Significance

The AGM meetings were taken very seriously by the Slovenian Club Melbourne members

Inscriptions & Markings

The great attendance at the AGM meeting

Photo - Marcela Bole in Trieste, 1953

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela Bole in Trieste, 1953, centre

Blue embroidery - Neva Roeder-Bole, blue, school embroidery, and border on white linen

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue embroidery on white linen with a special stitch for the border. School work.

Certificate of Gratitude - Marcela Bole - Certificate of Gratitude 2002

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Certificate of Gratitude of participation at the 28th Slovenian Youth concert 2002

Inscriptions & Markings

Priznanje in zahvala - Acknowledgement and gratitude

Photo - Lojze Markic - Winner, First Anniversary of Baraga House

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Celebration of Baraga House Hostel

Significance

Ist Anniversary

School Certificate - Marcela Bole Gec Monastery School Tomaj School Certificate 1924

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela Bole Gec Monastery School Tomaj School Certificate from year 1924

Anica Markic school photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Anniversary badge - 25th Anniversary of Slovenian Association melbourne badge 1979

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Association melbourne - 25th Anniversary badge from 1979. It was a great and important milestone, celebrated at the new premises in Research, Melbourne

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovenian Association Melbourne Silver Jubilee -S.D.M. 25 - Srebrni jubilej, 1954 - 1979

Camp Latina photo - Camp Latina, group of Slovenians at the beach, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Goodbye Camp Latina, photo - Goodbye camp Latina, Sept 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and White photo of a group of Slovenians waving goodbye to camp Latina prior to moving on to Australia. . . . Lojze Markic, Karlo Strancar, . . Rudi Koloini.

Historical information

Moving on from refugee camp

Significance

Leaving the refugee camp for a new start

Page from Vestnik - Vestnik, First Miss Slovenia in May 1964

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Page from Vestnik, May 1964, introducing the first Slovenian Miss Slovenia in Australia, Miss Danila Bole now Stolfo.

Flat, unfolded money box - Money box for collecting donations for the Slovenian Dom 1957

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Card, flat box to be folded into the money box to use for the collection and saving of money to be donated to the Slovenian Club Melbourne for the Slovenski Dom in 1957

Historical information

Slovenian Club Melbourne were issuing the money boxes to collect extra donations and encouraging young people to save for the Slovenian cause - the Slovenski Dom, the first Slovenian Centre in Melbourne

Significance

Inviting Slovenians to donate and thanking them for their kindness

Inscriptions & Markings

Drawing of the traditional Slovenian window with the carnations and Slovenian proverbs and instructions for folding

Cultural program2, photo - Cultural program2

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Slovenians performing

Significance

Slovenian Function

Christmas celebration at Baraga House, photo - Christmas celebration at Baraga House

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Camp Latina, photo - Slovenians in camp Latina, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

A gathering of Slovenians at the refugee camp in Italy, Latina prior to sailing to Australia

Significance

Slovenians Moving on from the camp in Latina, Italy to a new future in Australia

Painting - M. Bole: Tomaj Monastery 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A watercolour painting of the Monastery in Tomaj, now Slovenia

Inscriptions & Markings

Marcela Gec, 1925

Sash of first Miss Slovenia - Sash of the first Miss Slovenian in Australia

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Sash presented to the first Miss Slovenia in Australia, Miss Danila Bole

Inscriptions & Markings

Sash with a circular broche in a shape of a flower

Port Melbourne, photo - Port Melbourne, Mirko Cuderman, Lojze Markic, Joze Zuzek

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Outing

Significance

Exploring Melbourne

Cimerman family photo with Stella - Matija and Marija Cimerman, and (Stanka) Stella

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Cimerman family on the way to Australia

Significance

Sailing to Australia

Photo - Tomaj, Slovenia under Italy, School of Fine needlework and Embroidery, 1930, Marcela Gec Bole sitting front row, second

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo: Tomaj, Slovenia under Italy, School of Fine needlework and Embroidery, 1930, Marcela Gec Bole sitting front row, second

Historical information

Marcela Gec, married Bole at the School of Sewing, Fine Needlework and Embroidery in Tomaj, then under Italy, 1930

drawing - Marcela Bole - drawing cherries 1923

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo - Slovenian Association in Spring

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of Slovenian Associations' main building in the Spring

Photo - Photo of the very first meeting of Slovenians in Melbourne, St Albans 1954

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A sepia photo of the Slovenians attending the first meeting in St. Albans, 1954 Some in attendance included: Ljubo Pirnat, Paule Postarenko, Ivan Gerbec, Tinka Verbic, Zladko Verbic, Viktor Ferfolia, Tusek, Joze Pekolj, Mrs Potocnik, Joze Potocnik, Janezic, Fanc Novina, Joze Golenko.

Historical information

On Sunday 19 December 1954 at 3.30 pm, 52 people attended the inaugural general meeting, which was held in the Catholic church hall at Theodore Street, St Albans. Slovenians at the meeting were enthused at the prospect of developing closer ties and a committee was formed to organise the next dance. This humble beginning laid the groundwork for the establishment of the first Slovenian organisation in Melbourne, Victoria.

Significance

On 5 December 1954 the first meeting of the club’s preparatory committee was held at 36 Prentice Street, East St Kilda with 26 people in attendance. The group prepared a list of regulations and decided on the name Slovenski klub Melbourne – Slovenian Club Melbourne (SCM). The first Minutes of the Meeting announced the club’s statement of purpose: • to assist migrants of Slovenian origin; • to assist assimilation to the Australian way of life; • to help Slovenian migrants in every possible way, especially financially; • to help Slovenian refugees in Europe, especially those who wanted to find a a new and free life in Australia; • to offer members and their friends healthy intellectual and physical activities in the cultural, social and sports arenas; and • to cultivate a Slovenian cultural heritage while also making contributions to their Australian community.

photo - M Cimerman, Marija Cimerman and Anica Markic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of Slovenians attending a party. Mr and Mars Mursic, Matija Cimerman, Anica Cimerman (Markic) Marija Cimerman

Historical information

Slovenians at a party1965/66

Significance

Slovenians gathering at a party

Slovenian Home, Carlton, photo - Slovenian Home Carlton, K Strancar and L Markic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo - Slovenian Association melbourne Hunters and Anglers section Perpetual Trophy

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of the celebration of winning the Perpetual trophy for air rifle shooting competiotion among the Slovenian Hunters group in Victoria. First Row: Stan Prosenak,Stefan Baligac, Tone Knap, Franc Arnus, unknown, Marijan Preloznik, Joze Golenko, Viktor Lampe, Martin Adamic Second row:Tilio Udovic, Valter Prosenak. On stage: Frank Fekonja, Slavko Licen.

Photo - Midnight Mass preparations, Kew, 1963

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Preparation for Christmas midnight Mass at Baraga House

Significance

Celebration of Christmas by Slovenians

Departure from Camp Latina, photo - Departure from camp Latina, Sept 1960, D Ziberna, M Krsevan, L Markic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Miss Slovenian Community Trophy 1985

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Miss Slovenian Community 1985 gold plated trophy

Historical information

Every Miss Community winner received a trophy with the inscription of the year and the Association presenting

Significance

Trophies were kept by the entrant - winner as a memento of the year entered the quest and the winning title.

Inscriptions & Markings

1985, Miss Slovenian Community Slovenian Association Melbourne

Gold medalion - Gold Foundation Member Medalion

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Gold Foundation Member round metal medallion was presented to the then Committee members of Slovenian Association Melbourne at the time of building of the Slovenian Centre

Historical information

Medallion was presented to the foundation members of the Slovenian Association Melbourne commemorating the commencement of the building of the new Slovenian centre - presented to the then Committee members only

Significance

It was a great honour to be presented with the gold Foundation Member medallion

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovensko društvo Melbourne and a blue symbol

Town Latina, 1960, photo - Town Latina, 1960, Lojze Markic and Joze Viteznik

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

M and M Cimerman, and Anica - Matija and Marija Cimerman, and Anica

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo - Kew, Group of Guys

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Baraga House

Significance

Gathering of friends at Baraga House

Slovenski Vestnik - Messenger 1958 - Article introducing the Chess and Hunters sections in Slovenian Club Melbourne in 1958

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Front page of the Vestnik - Messenger

Historical information

Vestnik - Messenger was established in 1955 and it brought news and cultural events to the members of Slovenian Club Melbourne and other subscribers. There were various editors, among them the longest term was by Marjan Persič. The issue in this file was edited by K. Kodrič.

Significance

Vestnik is full of current and historical news, advertisements, notices and articles.

Inscriptions & Markings

The page introduces the establishment of the Chess and Hunters groups at the Slovenian Club Melbourne

Ready - Slovenians ready to go to Australia, Sept 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Slovenians on the move to a new country

Significance

Moving on

Exhibition panel - Immigration Museum Exhibition Title panel

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Immigration Museum Exhibition panel

Inscriptions & Markings

Title panel: Where to? To a New Beginning . . .

Photo - Building of the corner of the new centre at Eltham 1972

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of the building team laying the bricks at the corner of the new centre. The work was voluntary at the weekends, but the building was growing quite fast. On the photo are:

watercolour painting - Marcela Bole Christmas Eve

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

ink drawing - Marcela Bole - ink drawing 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Ink drawing on cartridge paper of the hazel nut bush blossoms in late winter.

Historical information

Marcela Gec was attending Italian convent school, because the territory of Slovenia was under the Italian rule.

Significance

It had to be her own design to be able to create the embroidery

Inscriptions & Markings

Marcela Gec, 1925

Photo - Family Bole, 1956, Pascoe Vale

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of family Bole in 1956, first year in Australia, Pascoe Vale, living with family Zavadlal

Historical information

First year in Australia

Program - Program of the Slovenian Evening Dance

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Paper copy of the program

Historical information

The Slovenian Evening was the first Slovenian dance organised to raise funds for the Slovenian religious magazine Misli

Inscriptions & Markings

Program of the evening with an illustration

watercolour painting of an ornament - Marcela Bole - Slovenian carnationa ornament

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian carnation is a topic for many drawing, ornaments, embroideries and songs

Inscriptions & Markings

Ornamento geometrico del garofani Gec M.

Picnic, photo - Slovenian picnic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research