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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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Photo of a Cultural program - Slovenian Club Melbourne Cultural program

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Club Melbourne Cultural program with many participants dressed in the national costumes, Slovenian music band and poetry recitals

Sepia Photo - Slovenians in Italian refugee camp

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Group of young Slovenians in an Italian refugee camp

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

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wedding photo

Photo - Lojze Markic: building site

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

At the building site

floral pattern - Marcela bole floral pattern of primulas

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Gold plated metal trophy - Melbourne Moomba Festival trophy 1980

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Gold plated trophy presented to Slovenian Association Melbourne in 1980 for the entry of a float at the Moomba parade.

Historical information

Important Victorian Labour Day annual event in Melbourne and many floats form a lengthy parade - celebration in the streets of Melbourne, concluding at the Alexandra Gardens along River Yarra; it is a presentation of various communities, arts and cultural performances in the State of Victoria.

Significance

Getting together, celebrating multicultural community and many facets of social life

Inscriptions & Markings

Melbourne Moomba Festival Chairmans Trophy 1980 Best Float by First Time Entrant

crochet swan - Marcela Bole crochet swan

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Table decoration or bridal ornament, crochet

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

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Relaxing after Mass

Significance

Young Slovenians gathering in the park

Invitation - Invitation inviting Slovenians to visit Royal Melbourne Show in 1961

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

An invitation to Slovenians to visit the Slovenian exhibition at the Royal Melbourne Show on September 28 to October 7, 1961.

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In Slovenian - Slovenians, visit the Slovenian exhibition at the Royal Melbourne Show and dates, beautifully decorated with a family in Slovenian national costumes.

Invitation to the Winter Dance - Invitation to the Snežak - Zimski junak - the Snowman, the Winter Hero Dance 1957

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenians love to dance in Winter, or in the heat of the Summer. The invitation invites Slovenians to a Winter Dance on Saturday, August 10, 1957 at the Prahran Town Hall, Melbourne.

Historical information

The happy Slovenian can find any reason to dance, sing and enjoy Slovenian music. For occasions they were very quite innovative and used every opportunity to get together and speak in their bellowed Slovenian language, meet friends, some who met life partners.

Significance

The innovative design of the Winter theme

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand lettered and decorated title of the dance

Slovenski Vestnik - Messenger 1958 - Article introducing the Chess and Hunters sections in Slovenian Club Melbourne in 1958

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Front page of the Vestnik - Messenger

Historical information

Vestnik - Messenger was established in 1955 and it brought news and cultural events to the members of Slovenian Club Melbourne and other subscribers. There were various editors, among them the longest term was by Marjan Persič. The issue in this file was edited by K. Kodrič.

Significance

Vestnik is full of current and historical news, advertisements, notices and articles.

Inscriptions & Markings

The page introduces the establishment of the Chess and Hunters groups at the Slovenian Club Melbourne

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

Sash of first Miss Slovenia - Sash of the first Miss Slovenian in Australia

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Sash presented to the first Miss Slovenia in Australia, Miss Danila Bole

Inscriptions & Markings

Sash with a circular broche in a shape of a flower

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 - Town Latina Parish church, L Markic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of Lojze (Alojz) Markic in Latina Italy in front of the parish church

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Slovenian refugee on an outing to explore Latina, Italy

Significance

Slovenian refugee passing time by exploring

ornament - Marcela Bole green leaf ornament

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of the trophy - Perpetual trophy of the Hunters group

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of the presentation of the Perpetual Trophy to the hunters of Slovenian Association Melbourne

Photo - Exhibition at the Royal Melbourne Show, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the Slovenian stand at the Royal melbourne Show Exhibition in 1960

Inscriptions & Markings

Traditional Slovenian craft items17 x 20.50 cm

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

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 - Silvester Bole in Italian army uniform, fought the Mussolini War in Ethiopia, 1933

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Silvester Bole in Italian army uniform, fought the Mussolini War in Ethiopia, 1933 Silvester Bole v italijanski vojaški uniformi. Boril se je v Mussolinijevi vojski v Etiopiji leta 1933.

Historical information

Many Slovenian men were conscripted into Italian army to fight in war in Ethiopia in 1933 Veliko slovenskih moških je bilo vpoklicanih v italijansko vojsko, da so se borili v vojni v Etiopiji leta 1933.

Significance

There are not many photographs available from those times, especially of Slovenian soldiers. Zelo redke so fotografije slovenskih vojakov iz tega časa.

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

Rome, top - Rome, at the top of the cupola, I Mihelj and L Markic, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Departure from Camp Latina, photo - Departure from camp Latina, Sept 1960, D Ziberna, M Krsevan, L Markic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Staying behind, photo - Staying behind, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of people saying goodbye to those ready to sail at the port in Trieste, Italy

Historical information

Waving goodbye to friends as they sail into a new beginning in Australia in 1960

Significance

Goodbye to friends moving on, amongst them Slovenians

Photo - Happy audience at the Slovenian cultural performance

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photograph Some members in the audience include: Fr Bazili Valentin, Leopold Jalik

Historical information

Slovenians of the Slovenian Club Melbourne loved to organise cultural evening with songs, poetry, dances and drama. The audience enjoyed every performance.

Significance

Preservation of the Slovenian culture, language and traditions

Photo of the Slovenian Club Melbourne AGM in 1958 - Annual General Meeting of the Slovenian Club Melbourne in 1958

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the members of the Slovenian Club Melbourne at the Annual general meeting in 1958 in

Historical information

Slovenian Club Melbourne held an AGM every year of its existence since the establishment. The past Committee was dissolved and a new Committee was elected with the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Each Committee members was given a job to fulfil.

Significance

The AGM meetings were taken very seriously by the Slovenian Club Melbourne members

Inscriptions & Markings

The great attendance at the AGM meeting

watercolour painting - Marcela Bole Christmas Eve

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of a gathering after a Mass - Slovenians gathered for the Slovenian Mass in Australian church in 50s

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Mass was offered to Slovenians only at special occasions in the early 50s for there was no priest stationed in Melbourne until 1956. They sang Slovenian hymns, met new friends and spoke in Slovenian language. This mass occurred in Clifton Hill.

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

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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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

pattern - Marcela Bole Daisy ornament

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Matija and Marija Cimerman, photo - Matija and Marija Cimerman

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Picnic, photo - Slovenian picnic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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

Embroidery - Neva Roeder-Bole embroidery, 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue embroidery and netting on pink linen

Photo - Family Bole in Australia, Pascoe Vale, September 5, 1958

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Family Bole in Australia, Pascoe Vale, September 5, 1958: daughter Danila, 13; Silvester, Marcela giving her husband an expresso coffee to celebrate the occasion, and Neva 17 years old

Historical information

Migrant family Bole in Australia, 1958

Photo - Carnival dance - Pustni ples 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photograph Masquerade ball held at Broadmeadows Town hall

Historical information

Slovenians love Shrovetide carnivals. People come dressed in costumes and masks, dance, select the best masks and are preparing for the Lent

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

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

On board Flaminia, L Markic, 1960, photo - On board Flaminia, L Markic, 1960.

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

painting - Marcela Bole - forest 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Pen drawing - M. Bole: Pen drawing of a snowdrop, 1924

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Pen drawn pattern for embroidery

Inscriptions & Markings

Gec M.