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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Photo Hunters Lodge - Opening of the Hunters Lodge

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of the official opening of the Hunters Lodge by Janez Zemljic (right), on the far left Frank Jelovčan and in the middle Jože Golenko

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Watercolour pattern - Marcela Bole - Bluebell pattern 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Watercolour pattern of blue bells arrangement

Inscriptions & Markings

Gec Marcelina

Embroidered emblem - Slovenian Association Melbourne Hunters and Anglers emblem

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Embroidered emblem of the HUnters and Anglers section of the Slovenian Association Melbourne, worn on their dark green uniform for competitions and parades

Inscriptions & Markings

SDM - Slovenian Association Melbourne LRD - Hunters and Anglers Group

Photo - Moomba float 1980

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of the Moomba float, a winning entry

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.

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

watercolour painting - Marcela Bole Christmas Eve

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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

Embroidered emblem - Slovenian Bocce Association Emblem

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Emblem of the Slovenian Bocce Association of Slovenian Association Melbourne, being a part of Slovenian Bocce Association of Victoria, worn by the competitors for the Victorian, interstate and overseas competitions.

Inscriptions & Markings

SDM - Slovenian Association Melbourne S:B:Z: - VIC. - Slovenska balinarska zveza Viktorije - Slovenian Bocce Association Victoria

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

Flaminia, photo - Slovenians ready to board Flaminia, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of a group of Slovenian refugees

Historical information

Next step Slovenian refugees moving on from refugee camp in Latina to a new start in Australia end of September 1960 with the ship Flaminia

Significance

Slovenian refugees ready to leave Latina camp, Italy

Carved wooden plate - Carved wooden plate with Slovenian Mother, Father and a baby in the cradle

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Carved wooden plate depicting a happy event - a baby. Father and Mother are looking at the baby in the beautifully decorated cradle, with sign IHS and flowers at the head end. In the background is a kmečka peč - a huge heart for bread making, cooking and warming up.

Inscriptions & Markings

IHS

invitation - SAM 30th Anniversary program 1984

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

white red and blue folded flayer

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

Royal Melbourne Show 1956 - Slovenian participants at Royal Melbourne Show in 1956

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Group of Slovenian musicians and dances participation at the Royal melbourne Show in 1956. The Slovenian Club Melbourne was always in favour of participating at the Australian and multicultural events.

Historical information

Slovenians loved to participate at the cultural and multicultural events and have proudly displayed their traditional national costume of Gorenjska region in Slovenia. The dancers have entertained the visitors with the lively Polka and waltz dancing and the musician on a piano accordion expressed his joy.

Significance

traditional Slovenian national costume of Gorenjska region - Slovenia

Inscriptions & Markings

The heart was a sign of love for this beautiful and welcoming country Australia

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

Staying behind, 1960, photo - Staying behind, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Matija and Marija Cimerman, photo - Matija and Marija Cimerman

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Embroidery - Neva Roeder-Bole embroidery, 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue embroidery and netting on pink linen

Camp Latina - Slovenian girls, camp Latina, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the opening ceremony - Cultural program at the opening of the Slovenski Dom ceremony

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Ladies singing at the cultural program celebrating the opening of the Slovenski Dom in Carlton in 1960. The performers were dressed in Slovenian national costumes

Historical information

Slovenian waited a long time to have the opportunity to purchase a building for their Slovenski Dom. Many hours of asking, collecting donations, organising fundraising paid off, and they could not be more proud of their achievement.

Significance

A very important day

Inscriptions & Markings

The opening of the Slovenian centre in Carlton 1960

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue, counted cross stitch on white linen

Photo of Slovenian migrants arriving to Port Melbourne - President of Slovenian Club Melbourne welcoming Slovenian migrants at Port Melbourne in 1956

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the President Zlatko Verbič welcoming Slovenian migrants at Port Melbourne. The Slovenian Club welcomed as many migrants arriving as possible to make their stay in Australia more friendly and homely.

Historical information

The photo was taken at either Station or Princes Pier in Port Melbourne. President Verbič talked to the migrants in Slovenian language making them welcomed and helping them to overcome the trauma of leaving behind parents, relatives and friends

Significance

For Slovenians the meeting of another Slovenian in a foreign land is very significant, especially with the promise of help and understanding

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

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.

Metal badge - Slovenian Association Melbourne 40th Anniversary badge

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Association Melbourne 40th Anniversary badge, značka

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovenian Association Melbourne 40 S:D:M: 1954 - 1994