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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 3095 (map)
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+61 +613 9437 1226

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By appointment

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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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Colour drawing - Neva Roeder-Bole, colour drawing of carnations

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour drawing of stylised carnation, influenced by folk art. Motif is for embroidery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Neva Bole, 3B

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.

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

Ready to depart, 1960, photo - Ready to depart, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

watercolour painting - Marcela Bole Christmas Eve

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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)

Picnic, photo - Slovenian picnic

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

Invitation - Invitation to the Boxing Day Cultural performance in 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Invitation to the Cultural performance on Boxing Day in 1960, organised by the Slovenian Club Melbourne. The venue: St Brigid's Hall, 378 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Significance

Performance by the Drama Group

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand drawn symbolic presentation

Staying behind, 1960, photo - Staying behind, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of volunteers - Black and white photo of volunteers at the new Slovenian site in Research, Melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Working bee volunteers at the new building site for the new Slovenian centre, 1972

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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

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.

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

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

Camp Latina, working - Camp Latina, working K Strancar, L Markic, D Lah, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Invitation to an outing - Invitation to the outing to Mt Macedon in 1959

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Invitation to the outing to Mt Macedon, Victoria on Sunday, February 22nd, 1959. The invitation tells of the meeting place in front of the State Cinema on Flinders Street, from where the buses will take the Slovenians and friends via Diggers Rest, Gisborne to village Macedon and than to Mt Macedon.

Historical information

Invitation was sent to all the members of Slovenian Club Melbourne and friends.

Significance

An important event for the Slovenians, who wished to have as many interactions with other Slovenians

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand drawn illustration of trees, title and typed text

Photo - Lojze Markic: A little rest

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A little rest during work

Photo of an orchestra with no instruments - Pretend orchestra performing at the Cultural evening

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photograph of a pretend orchestra performing at the Cultural evening in late 50s

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

Watercolour pattern - Marcela Bole - Bluebell pattern 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Watercolour pattern of blue bells arrangement

Inscriptions & Markings

Gec Marcelina

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.

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 - Marcela Bole in Trieste, 1953

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela Bole in Trieste, 1953, centre

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