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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)
phone
+61 +613 9437 1226

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Opening Hours

By appointment

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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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Flat, unfolded money box - Money box for collecting donations for the Slovenian Dom 1957

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Card, flat box to be folded into the money box to use for the collection and saving of money to be donated to the Slovenian Club Melbourne for the Slovenski Dom in 1957

Historical information

Slovenian Club Melbourne were issuing the money boxes to collect extra donations and encouraging young people to save for the Slovenian cause - the Slovenski Dom, the first Slovenian Centre in Melbourne

Significance

Inviting Slovenians to donate and thanking them for their kindness

Inscriptions & Markings

Drawing of the traditional Slovenian window with the carnations and Slovenian proverbs and instructions for folding

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

Certificate of Recognition - Marcela Bole - Priznanje in Recognition 1999

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Certificate of Recognition for participation on the 25th Slovenian Youth Concert 1999

Historical information

Slovenian Religious centres in Australia stage annually Slovenian Youth Concerts. Participating youth and some adult participate with songs, dance, poetry and drama.

Significance

Marcela Bole participated with reading her own poetry

Inscriptions & Markings

Recognition Certificate, 2nd October 1999

Miss Slovenian Community Trophy 1985

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Miss Slovenian Community 1985 gold plated trophy

Historical information

Every Miss Community winner received a trophy with the inscription of the year and the Association presenting

Significance

Trophies were kept by the entrant - winner as a memento of the year entered the quest and the winning title.

Inscriptions & Markings

1985, Miss Slovenian Community Slovenian Association Melbourne

Exhibition panel - Immigration Museum Exhibition panel: A New Beginning

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Exhibition panel of the Slovenian Exhibition at the Melbourne Immigration Museum

Inscriptions & Markings

A New Beginning V novo bodocnost (in Slovenian)

Port Melbourne, photo - Port Melbourne, Mirko Cuderman, Lojze Markic, Joze Zuzek

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Outing

Significance

Exploring Melbourne

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

St Nicholas with Slovenian children and angels - St Nicholas - sv. Miklavž with children and angles in 1959

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of St Nicholas with Slovenian children (and adults) held every year in first week of December. He was accompanied by the angels and devils.

Historical information

When St Nicholas visits every year, the angels help him to give presents to the good children and the naughty are taken and frightened by the red-clothed devils with chains. Slovenians all over the world keep this tradition.

Significance

A special tradition, adapted in every nations to their need and possibiliets

Inscriptions & Markings

Traditional Slovenian customs celebrated every year

Monument - Monument - In Memory - Slovenian Association Melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Monument to the deceased members at the Slovenian Association Melbourne

Page from Vestnik - Vestnik, First Miss Slovenia in May 1964

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Page from Vestnik, May 1964, introducing the first Slovenian Miss Slovenia in Australia, Miss Danila Bole now Stolfo.

Sepia Photo - Slovenians in Italian refugee camp

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Group of young Slovenians in an Italian refugee camp

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

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

Ready to depart, photo - Ready to depart, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Crochet doily, 1959 - Neva Roeder-Bole, Crochet doily, 1959

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A white crochet doily from 1959

Newsletter telling members of the upcoming Cultural Evening with a drama play - First Slovenian Cultural Evening with a Drama group performance

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A newsletter to the Slovenian Club members inviting them to the First Slovenian Cultural Evening with the performance of the Slovenian Drama group in 1957

Historical information

Slovenians enjoyed cultural items and performances by the drama group. The Slovenian drama group was formed in 1957 with the director Srečko Košir. They performed at the Kensington Town Hall on November 22nd 1957 at 8pm. The program was of 3 hours duration. The play was entitled Županova Micka - The Mayer's Mary.

Significance

Hand illustrated newsletter typed on an old typewriter owned by the Slovenian Club Melbourne

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of actors and the director clearly presented

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Camp Latina, photo - Camp Latina, in the back quarters for singles, 1960

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

Slovenian Club Melbourne Committee members 1958 - Slovenian Club Melbourne Committee members with the coat of arms 1958

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the Committee members of the Slovenian Club Melbourne in 1958. They are photographed with the Slovenian Club Melbourne Coat of Arms.

Historical information

It was a memorable moment when the Slovenian Club Melbourne Coat of Arms was introduced to use on the letterheads, badges and invitations. It represents the Slovenian community under the Southern Cross.

Significance

Coat of Arms of the Slovenian Club Melbourne

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovenian Club Melbourne Coat of Arms

Photo - first kitchen - Photo of the first 'kitchen' at the Research-Eltham new centre

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of the first 'kitchen' area at the new premises at Research-Eltham, named chicken shed, where many meals for the volunteers were prepared. In the picture are Anica Markic & Mici Hartman at the table and little Tania Markič.

Photo - Anica Grandparents2

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of Anica grandparents

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian picnic, photo - Slovenian picnic at Emerald, Joze, Miro, Karlo, Joze, Livio, Karlo, Lojze

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of a Slovenians at a Picnic organized by Slovenian Association Melbourne at Emerald. Joze ? , Miro Krsevan, Karlo Strancar, Joze Zuzek, Livio Novak, Karlo Bizjak, Lojze Markic

Historical information

A group of Slovenians attending Slovenian picnic at Emerald early 1960s

Significance

Social event, Slovenians at a Slovenian picnic

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

Anica parents photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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

Camp Napoli, photo - Camp Napoli, 1959, L Markic, suit donated by Red Cross

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research