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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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ADEC program - Marcela Bole participating on ADEC cultural program

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

ADEC Program outlay

Inscriptions & Markings

Marcela Bole participating with the recital of her poem in Italian

Camp Latina, workers, photo - Camp Latina, workers, Pero - Istria, R Koloini, M Krsevan, F Savle, A Mrak

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Angelique Van de Laak sash 1985

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Angelique Van de Laak sash 1985 / every entrant has worn a sash with the name and the year of participation

Historical information

Every entrant of the Miss Comunity Quest has worn a sash with the name and year of the entry.

Significance

Miss Angelique has been tragically killed in a car accident years later.

Inscriptions & Markings

Miss Slovenian Community Quest, 1985 Miss Angelique Van De Laak Slovenian Association Melbourne

pink embroidery and netting - Marcela Bole pink embroidery from school years

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Light blue fine linen table cloth with a circle of pink embroidery and netting

Historical information

Marcela was in a convent school in Tomaj, Slovenia, where the nuns - the teachers encouraged the girls to learn embroidery and other crafts to start the dowry.

Significance

Every girl tried to prepare the linen for the dowry. Marcela had great teachers and mentors in the craft.

Photo - Moomba float 1980

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of the Moomba float, a winning entry

On board Flaminia, L Markic, photo - On board Flaminia, L Markic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

St Nicholas giving gifts to children 1958 - St Nicholas - sv Miklavž giving gifts to Slovenian children 1958

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

St Nicholas giving gifts to Slovenian children in a hall, accompanied by angels and devils, much feared by children. The St Nicholas was Mr

Historical information

St Nicholas is an old Christian tradition all over the world and Slovenians are very diligently keeping the tradition. The children were given presents, lollies and oranges, sometimes toys as well.

Significance

Handmade outfit for St Nicholas still in use today

Inscriptions & Markings

St Nicholas dressed in a home made outfit made by Dragica Gomizel in late 1950s.

wedding photo - Wedding, Ivanka Lavrencic and Alojz Markic, 1930

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of a wedding in 1930 Members of Markic family from Podnanos and Lavrencic from Vrhpolje, Slovenia. bride Ivanka Lavrencic groom Alojz Markic

Historical information

Wedding in 1930 in Slovenia, parents of Lojze (Alojz) Markic

Significance

wedding photo

Red Cross International Concert Program - Red Cross International Concert Program in 1965

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Red Cross International Concert Program for the contribution to the 1965 Red Cross Appeal, on Saturday, 6th March 1965 at Melbourne Town Hall at 8pm. Among the many performers was Slovenian folk music band BLED playing Slovenian polkas.

Inscriptions & Markings

Red Cross logo . . . A Combination of Personal Endeavour and Public Confidence in 104 Countries . . . Chaiman Mr M. Harrison, O.B.E., J.P.

Invitation - Marcela Bole - Invitation to Carers Revealed-An Artistic View 2001

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Invitation to celebration Carers Week, 2001 at Moreland City Council, Coburg

Inscriptions & Markings

Acknowledgement to importance of carers

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

Old book - Book in Slovenian: Essays - Spisje, 1886

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Old Slovenian book of Essays, by P. Miklavec, printed at Novo mesto in 1886. The book was donated to the HASA archive by

Inscriptions & Markings

Book is very damaged and poorly cared for with masking tape holding the fragile pages

Princes Pier, photo - Princes Pier, 1962, Station Pier at the back, L Markic, Mirko Cuderman, Joze Z

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

black and white photo Outing to Princess Pier in Melbourne 1962: Lojze Markic, Mirko Cuderman and Joze Zuzek

Historical information

Friends on an outing to Station Pier in 1962, Port Melbourne

Significance

Friendship building

drawing - Marcela Bole - drawing cherries 1923

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

A page from newpaper Vestnik - Miss Slovenia in 1964

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A title page of Vestnik, May 1964, announcing selection of Miss Slovenia - Miss Danila Bole, now Stolfa

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

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

Invitation to a cultural evening - Invitation to the premiere of the happy cultural program 1961

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Hand written and drawn invitation to a humorous cultural evening - 150 minutes - with the ensemble LIPA, including Slovenian music and songs, on Saturday, 29th July 1961 at pm at St Bridgit's Hall, Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written and hand drawn invitation with the details of the event

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

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue, counted cross stitch on white linen

Camp Latina, workers, photo - Camp Latina, workers, Pero - Istria, R Koloini, M Krsevan, F Savle, A Mrak

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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.

Water colour drawing - Marcela Bole-Gec watercolour drawing of autumn leaves, 1926

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Watercolor drawing

Inscriptions & Markings

Gec Marcela, 6.11.1926

Invitation to a dance - Jurjevanje - St George celebration 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Historical information

Jurjevanje is a custom in Slovenia, when in Spring the celebration of the victory over the Winter brings people to the fields. A man is covered in greenery of the newly grown green leaves of birches, especially in the region Bela Krajina. The man hops around in the field, bringing hope for the good harvest.

St Nicholas in 1959 - St Nicholas and children in 1959

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

St Nicholas giving gifts to the children of Slovenian Club Melbourne and their friends in 1959

Historical information

Beautiful Slovenian tradition of awaiting St Nicholas and his entourage: angels and devils

Significance

Traditional dress, decoration and the hat

Inscriptions & Markings

Traditionaly dressed St Nicholas with his Bishop's stick

Photo - Baraga boys in Baraga Home, Kew

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Baraga House - Recreation room

Significance

Gathering of young Slovenians

Camp Latina, workers, photo - Camp Latina building site workers, F Savle, K Strancar, Florijan, M Krsevan, A Mrak, Pero, L Markic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Bridal crochet gifts - Marcela Bole Bridal crochet gifts

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

White crochet shoe decorated with satin flowers and pearls and a little crochet bell

Historical information

Brides are given the ornaments after the marriage ceremony by friends and relatives as a keepsake

Significance

It brings luck and happiness to the newly weds

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Anica family - photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo - Bole family on Toscana, 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of Bole family on Toscana, 1955, arriving to Sydney: fourth from left Neva, than Marcela holding a hat, and Danila

Historical information

Arrival of Bole family on Toscana, 1955

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

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

School Certificate - Marcela Bole Gec Monastery School Tomaj School Certificate 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela Bole Gec Monastery School Tomaj School Certificate from year 1925

Group of happy Slovenians, photo - Group of happy Slovenians

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Slovenians performing

Significance

Slovenian function in Melbourne

Anica parents photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Miss Slovenian Community 1985 sash

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

White satin sash awarded to the Miss Slovenian Community in 1985 Miss Angelique Van De Laak. She was selected among a group of other young ladies, being of one or two Slovenian parents. Angelique was tragically killed in a car accident years later.

Historical information

Miss Slovenian Community was selected every year at the Slovenian Association Melbourne. Young girls of Slovenian origin participated and collected donations, used for a known charity in Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

The sash is inscribed with the text: Miss Slovenian Community, 1985, Slovenian Association Melbourne

box made of romantic postcards - Marcela Bole - box made by stiching together the romantic postcards

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Box made of postcards stitched together with blanket stitch, lid opens and the box was used for jewelery and notes, named šatulja

Inscriptions & Markings

Blanket stitch, romantic Italian postcards with a opening lid

pattern - Marcela Bole Daisy ornament

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of foundation work - Foundation work for the new centre 1972

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Foundation work on the block of the new centre, preparing for the building of the new centre

Anica - relatives photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Anica grandparents photo

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

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

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

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

Photo of the first Drama group performance in 1957 - Performers of the first Slovenian drama group performance in Melbourne, 1957

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Actors of the first Slovenian Drama group in 1957, performing at the Kensington Town Hall with the comedy Županova Micka. Performers include: Ivan Jenc, Zorka Boletova, Srecko Kosir, Tinka Verbic, Tone Wergles, Ludvik Pirnat, Elka Pirnat, Erik Zdrazil

Historical information

The performers of the first Slovenian comedy in Australia performed in 1957 at the Kensington Town Hall. The actors names are as follows:

Significance

The continuation of Slovenian culture and language in Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

The costumes were are made by the members or hired