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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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By appointment

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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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Slovenian picnic, photo - Slovenian picnic at Silvan, Miro, Karlo, Ivan, Dario, Rudi, Jenny, Anica

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of a group of young Slovenians on a social outing; Slovenian picnic at Sylvan. Miro Krsevan, Karlo Strancar, Ivo Mihelj, Darjo Ziberna, Jenny ? , Anica Cinc (Kregar)

Historical information

Social gathering of Slovenians at Slovenian Association picnic at Silvan early 1960s

Significance

Slovenians gathering at a picnic

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

Video and DVD - Footage of Slovenian migrants in 1956 in Australia

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

120 minute video cassette in colour depicting migrant ships arriving to Port Melbourne in 1956 and short clips of the Melbourne Olympic Games. Also includes footage of train journey to Bonegilla camp and camp housing facility.

Historical information

- Migrant ships arriving into Port Melbourne in 1956. Migrants boarding the train to Bonegilla camp and resettling in Victoria. - Section on Olympic Games in Melbourne was filmed by Father Basil Valentin OFM who was the Chaplain of the American Olympic team. -Also showed extracts of Moomba festival in 1957. - Slovenian settling on Australian farms and weddings of members of the Slovenian community

Significance

This video shows the magnitude of migrants who arrived in Australia in 1956 by ships mainly from Italian ports from Genoa, Trieste and Naples. It shows the settling of migrants into camps and depicts their everyday life including education and recreation and assimilation into Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

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Cultural evening, photo - Cultural evening

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of Slovenians in Melbourne performint at a concert VESELI VECER 1962 or 1963 at St Brigits Hall, Fitzroy

Historical information

Slovenians Performing at a concert in 1962/63 at St Brigit"s Hall in Fitzroy north "VESELI VECER"

Significance

Slovenian function in 1962/63

drawing - pattern - Marcela Bole drawing-pattern, 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Drawing of a pattern for a nighty with floral decoration

Historical information

Young girls attending convent school were taught sewing and decorating the garments

Inscriptions & Markings

Ghezzo, Gec M. and measurements

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

Photo - Cultural evening - Veseli večer 1956

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photograph Some members in audience include: Viktor Lauko senior, Frank Fekonja senior, Zladko Verbic, Mici Hartman. Held at St Bridget's hall North Fitzroy.

Historical information

Audiences enjoyed all the cultural performances of the Slovenian Club Melbourne and attendance was always very well

Photo - Presentation of the Key to the new Slovenski Dom - Slovenian Centre in 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the ceremony of presenting the key to the newly aquired Slovenski Dom - Slovenian Centre in Carlton in 1960. The President Vinko Molan, left, is being presented with the key by Marjan Oppelt, Marjan Lauko at the back and ? holding the pillow

Historical information

Slovenian (Club) Association Melbourne first home in Carlton 1960 symbolic presentation of the key to the then president.

Inscriptions & Markings

Significant event in Slovenian history in Australia

35th Anniversary badge - Slovenian Association Melbourne 35th Anniversary badge - Linden leaf

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Association Melbourne - 35th Anniversary badge in the shape of a Linden leaf, an old Slovenian symbolic tree. The linden tree is a tree of friendship, love and loyalty. During the period of the Slovenian national awakening and the Slovenian people's increasing national awareness, the linden tree became one of the symbols of the Slovenian nation.

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovensko društvo Melbourne 35 - 1954 - 1989 Slovenian Association

Medal - Marcela Bole - This is Your Life Medal 1989

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

medal with inscription on a band in Slovenian flag colours

Inscriptions & Markings

Marcela bole was presented the Medal in 1989 at the conclusion and in gratitude for her life achievements - as part of the This is Your Life cultural program Medal has a gold rim with white ceramic centre with TO JE VAŠE ŽIVLJENJE, g. MARCELA BOLE, KEW, 20. 6. 1999 on

Cross stitch belt - Neva Roeder-Bole, Cross stitch belt

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Cross stitch belt with a leader finish

Certificate of Recognition - Marcela Bole - Priznanje in Recognition 1999

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Certificate of Recognition for participation on the 25th Slovenian Youth Concert 1999

Historical information

Slovenian Religious centres in Australia stage annually Slovenian Youth Concerts. Participating youth and some adult participate with songs, dance, poetry and drama.

Significance

Marcela Bole participated with reading her own poetry

Inscriptions & Markings

Recognition Certificate, 2nd October 1999

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

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Crossing the Equator, 1960, photo - Crossing the Equator, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian picnic, photo - Slovenian picnic at Emerald, Joze, Miro, Karlo, Joze, Livio, Karlo, Lojze

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of a Slovenians at a Picnic organized by Slovenian Association Melbourne at Emerald. Joze ? , Miro Krsevan, Karlo Strancar, Joze Zuzek, Livio Novak, Karlo Bizjak, Lojze Markic

Historical information

A group of Slovenians attending Slovenian picnic at Emerald early 1960s

Significance

Social event, Slovenians at a Slovenian picnic

Picnic, photo - Slovenian picnic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Exhibition Catalogue - Immigration Museum> Slovenian Exhibition Catalogue

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Exhibition Catalogue: Where to? To a New Beginning . . .

Inscriptions & Markings

Where to? To a New Beginning . . . in English and Slovenian languages

Waiting to board Flaminia, 1960, photo - Waiting to board Flaminia, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Crossing the Equator, 1960, photo - Crossing the Equator, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Crossing the Equator

Significance

Ceremony held aboard the ship crossing the equator

pattern - Marcela Bole Daisy ornament

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Record - Recorded by Quintet Bled

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian record by the Quintet Bled, playing and singing Slovenian music and singing Slovenian songs. The members of the Quintet are: the leader Ivan Petelin, Branko Kojc, Graeme Bounday, Alojz jakša and Stan Kregar

Inscriptions & Markings

Record cover decorated with the image of Lake Bled island church, photo of the band and Slovenian national flower, the carnation

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

drawing - Marcela Bole - daisy ornament 1924

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Photo - Marcela Bole in 1933, centre

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela Gec as a young lady in 1933, centre, later married Silvester Bole

Historical information

Young ladies in 1933

Latina Parish church - Town Latina parish church, L Markic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Exhibition panel - Immigration Museum Exhibition panel 2

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Exhibition panel depicting the Question Where to?

Inscriptions & Markings

Where to? and Pregled in Slovenian language

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

Certificate of Appreciation - Marcela Bole Certificate of Appreciation 2001

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Certificate of Appreciation

Historical information

Certificate of Appreciation to Marcela Bole in 2001

Significance

For a contribution to the Carers Revealed - An Artistic View exhibition for Carers Week

Inscriptions & Markings

Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc.

Photo Mountaineers Dance - Planinska zabava 1955 - Mountaineers Dance - Planinska zabava 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of some participants of the Mountaineers dance in 1955 held at Prahran Town hall. Some people who attended: Mici Hartman, Max Hartman senior, Mima Adamic, Martin Adamic, Marijan Persic, Franc Hartman, Tinka Verbic, Zladko Verbic, Zerdoner Vekoslav, Mrs Potocnik.

Historical information

Slovenians are very proud of their mountain Mt Triglav, towering 2864m high in the Alps region of Slovenia. It is their symbol of greatness, might, power and strength. They love to sing songs about Mt Triglav, they used the mountain as the emblem and in many ways culturally.

Significance

The Aljaž tower was built with card and painted for the occasion

Inscriptions & Markings

The photo showcases the Aljaž tover, which stands on top of Mt Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia (2984m) and the participants enjoying the event

Metal medallion - SAM Foundation Member Medallion

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Historical information

Slovenian Association melbourne presented medallions to all of the Foundation members

Significance

It was an honour to be a Foundation member of the cultural, sporting and social association

Colour drawing - Neva Roeder-Bole, colour drawing, Carnation variation, Grade 2

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour drawing of a variation on the theme carnation, drawn in Grade 2, in school at Opcine, near Trieste

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.

Building Fund Authority Certificate 1957 - Slovenian Club Melbourne Building Fund Authority Certificate 1957

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Authority Certificate for the Building Fund for Slovenian Club House issued to Mr Gomizel of Essendon, signed by the then president Zlatko Verbič

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped and signed

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Matija and Marija Cimerman and Stella, photo - Matija and Marija Cimerman and Stella

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

lace pillow case decoration - Marcela Bole - pillow case decorated with the lace insert

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

white cotton pillow case with lace insert and the initials MG

Historical information

Two identical white cotton pillow cases with lace inserts for the dowry

Inscriptions & Markings

embroidered initials MG (Marcela Gec, married Bole)

Photo - Sisters: Ema, Ljudmila, Pavla and Marcela Gec, married Bole, 1932

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Sisters: Ema, Ljudmila, Pavla and Marcela Gec, married Bole, 1932 Sestre: Ema, Ljudmila, Pavla in Marcela Gec, poročene Bole, 1932

Historical information

Four sisters from Gec family, 1932 Štiri sestre iz družine Gec, 1932

section of the flat sheet border and initials - Marcela Bole - section of the flat sheet border and initials

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

1 single bed flat white heavy cotton sheet with lace border at the top

Inscriptions & Markings

Idrija lace border, with special stitch (žur) line, initial MG for Marcela Gec, Marcela maiden name

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

Gold medal in a velvet box - Gold medal for participation on Moomba parade in 1962

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Gold medal in a velvet box presented to Danila Bole (Štolfa) for participation at the Miss Moomba International Quest in 1962.

Inscriptions & Markings

Miss Moomba International Quest, Moomba Festival Melbourne, 19626.5 x

Trophy - Trophy presented to the first Miss Slovenia in Australia 1964

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Silver trophy presented to the winner of Miss Slovenia quest on April 11, 1964 at Prahran Town Hall. The winner was Miss Danila Bole (now Štolfa)

Inscriptions & Markings

Danila Bole, Miss Slovenia, selected at the dance of Slovenian Association Melbourne on 11th April 1964 at Prahran Town Hall

invitation - SAM 30th Anniversary program 1984

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

white red and blue folded flayer

Photo - D Lagonder, M Kregar, K Bizjak, R Koloini and K Strancar, Kew

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo outside Baraga house of Drago Lagonder, Milan Kregar, Karlo Bizjak , Rudi Koloini and Karlo Strancar

Historical information

Friends gathering

Significance

Building friendship

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue, counted cross stitch on white linen

Anica parents photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Certificate of Appreciation 1998 - Marcela Bole - Certificate of Appreciation 1998

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Certificate of Appreciation by the CSOV President at the occasion of the 6th Slovenian Festival 1998

Camp Latina, photo - Camp Latina, in the back quarters for singles, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Entrance to Camp Latina, photo - Entry to camp Latina, 1960, A Markic and Pero

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research