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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.

Contact Information

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82 Ingrams Road Research 3095 (map)
phone
+61 +613 9437 1226

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Opening Hours

By appointment

Entry Fee

None

Location

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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Confirmation, St Vid, Podnanos, photo - Confirmation, St Vid, Podnanos

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

1st post war confirmation ( St. Vid ) Podnanos, Markic children

Cultural program, dancing

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of Slovenian performers at a concert VESELI VECER organized by Slovenian Association Melbourne. Performers amongst others are Slavko Kregar, trumpeter, in the centre Lojze Markic dancing with Jenny ?

Historical information

Slovenians performing at Veseli Vecer in 1962/63 St Brigit's Hall, Fitzroy North organized by Slovenian Association Melbourne

Significance

Slovenian function Veseli Vecer

Slovenian dance at Prahran, photo - SAM dance, Prahran Town Hall

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of young Slovenians Attending a Slovenian dance in Prahran

Historical information

Gathering of Slovenians at a dance in Prahran Town Hall in early 1960s

Significance

Slovenian function at Prahran Town hall

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

geometrical pattern - Marcela Bole Geometrical pattern

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Drawing of a geometrical pattern using hexagon, diamond shapes and triangles in various colours

Inscriptions & Markings

Gec M. 20.1. 1925 - 3L ST

Wooden dust beater - Marcela Bole dust beater

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A woven wooden(willow wood tied together with wire) dust beater to be used in spring cleaning for beating the carpets, mattresses and blankets,

Historical information

In Slovenia, there were no vacuum cleaners until 1970s to perform the jobs so housewives have been beating the dust out of mattresses, blankets and carpets

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

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

Falls Creek, photo - Slovenians at Falls Creek, 1965

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Vestnik page 1973 - Page from Vestnik showing the drawing of the new centre 1973

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Page from Vestnik depicting the drawing of the new centre.

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

White badge - Slovenian Association Melbourne Opening Research-Eltham centre celebration badge 1978

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

The Celebration badge issued at the Official Opening of the new Slovenian Association Melbourne Centre at Research - Eltham in 1978, a proud moment for all the Associations members.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gold lettering on white background: SAM October 1978 at the time of the opening of the Eltham centre

Photo - K Bizjak, M Abram, S. Hartman, K Strancar, S Kregar after Mass

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Relaxing after Mass

Significance

Young Slovenians gathering in the park

Invitation to the May Dance 1956 - Invitation to the May Evening Dance - Majski večer in 1956

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenians love to dance and they organised dances for different occasions, among them the May Evening Dance. The invitation was to the dance at the Prahran Town Hall, Greville Street, starting at 7pm on Saturday, May 12, 1956

Historical information

The Slovenians loved to organised dances for various occasions and May Evening was another one. The invitation clearly states the venue, date and time of the function in both languages: Slovenian and English.

Inscriptions & Markings

typeset and printed invitation

Photo - Anica Markic-Cimerman - Championship 1963

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Championship stainless steel Trophies ( 2 ) plus photo

Historical information

Annual school sports day St Joseph's College Wangaratta.

Significance

Sports' Day, Championship in running

Inscriptions & Markings

No 1 S.J.C.W 1963 A. Cimerman No 2 S.J.C.W 1963 Senior Championship A. Cimerman

crochet bedspread - Barcela Bole - crochet bedspread

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Multicoloured double bed crochet bedspread made of rose motifs

Inscriptions & Markings

combinations of many round and square crochet parts, sewn into the bedspread

Anica family - photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Moomba - Participating at Moomba Festival

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of Anica (Anne) Markic and Alojz (Lojze ) Markic in Slovenian national costume in front of the home of Slovenian Association Melbourneo priort o participating in a dance at Moomba festival melbourne

Historical information

Slovenians Participating at Melbourne Moomba festival in 1969 or 1970

Significance

Slovenians in Slovenian national costume, Moomba festival Melbourne

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

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

Invitation to the opening of the Slovenian Club Melbourne 1960 - Invitation to the opening and the program at the occasion of the opening of the Slovenian Club Melbourne in 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

An official invitation to the members, special guests and friends to the official opening of the Slovenski Dom in Carlton, on 4th September1960 at 4pm.

Historical information

The proud Slovenians in melbourne celebrated their important day, a milestone in the history of Slovenians in Australia

Significance

Symbolic logo depicting Southern Cross and the second logo depicting Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, performing arts: literature, stage performances, music, dance, entwined with flowers above the boomerang. The invitation also includes a proverb

Inscriptions & Markings

Symbolic logo depicting Southern Cross and the second logo depicting Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, performing arts: literature, stage performances, music, dance, entwined with flowers above the boomerang. The invitation also includes a proverb

Photo Slovenian Club in Carlton - Slovenian Club in Carlton, opened in 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Club - Slovenian Centre building in Park Street Carlton purchased and opened in 1960. The Slovenians have gathered for the official opening

Photo - Marcela and Silvester Bole with Danila and Neva, Trieste 1955 before boarding Toscana

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela and Silvester Bole with Danila and Neva, Trieste 1955, before boarding Toscana

Historical information

Marcela (hat in hand) and Silvester Bole with daughters Danila (with a doll) and Neva (hat in hand), Trieste 1955 before boarding Toscana

Embroidered emblem - Slovenian Association Melbourne - Snooker Group

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Association Snooker group was competing with other Slovenian clubs in Victoria and with German club. They won many trophies. The emblem was worn on thier uniform.

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovenian club Melbourne Snooker Group

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

Anica grandparents photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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.

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo - Vojko, T Gril, L Markic, Cveto and I Mihelj

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Gathering of friends

Significance

Friendships