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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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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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drawing - Marcela Bole - drawing cherries 1923

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Photo - First Slovenian soccer team at Wandin East 1956

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photograph. From left to right: Marijan Persic, Martin Sustaric, Marijan Krajnc, Vlado, Anton Serek, Tone Sercer, Ivan Mihelj, Darko Hribernik, Damian Jovanovic, unknown, Marinac, Valter Jelenic,

Historical information

Slovenians love to play soccer and the first team was established in 1956 to play at the Boxing Day picnic at Wandin East

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

Metal medallion - SAM Foundation Member Medallion

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Historical information

Slovenian Association melbourne presented medallions to all of the Foundation members

Significance

It was an honour to be a Foundation member of the cultural, sporting and social association

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

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

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.

pattern - Marcela Bole Daisy ornament

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of a ladies game - Ladies competing in a sack race at Slovenian picnic in 1962 at Wandin East.

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photograph of a Slovenian picnic ladies sack race at Wandin East in 1962.

Photo - Lojze Markic: A little rest

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A little rest during work

Anica family - photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Embroidered emblem - Slovenian Association Melbourne - Snooker Group

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Association Snooker group was competing with other Slovenian clubs in Victoria and with German club. They won many trophies. The emblem was worn on thier uniform.

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovenian club Melbourne Snooker Group

Gold medalion - Gold Foundation Member Medalion

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Gold Foundation Member round metal medallion was presented to the then Committee members of Slovenian Association Melbourne at the time of building of the Slovenian Centre

Historical information

Medallion was presented to the foundation members of the Slovenian Association Melbourne commemorating the commencement of the building of the new Slovenian centre - presented to the then Committee members only

Significance

It was a great honour to be presented with the gold Foundation Member medallion

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovensko društvo Melbourne and a blue symbol

Town Latina, 1960, photo - Town Latina, 1960, Lojze Markic and Joze Viteznik

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

Exhibition panel - Immigration Museum Exhibition Title panel

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Immigration Museum Exhibition panel

Inscriptions & Markings

Title panel: Where to? To a New Beginning . . .

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

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

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

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Relaxing after Mass

Significance

Young Slovenians gathering in the park

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

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

Photo - Moomba float 1980

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of the Moomba float, a winning entry

Gold 40th Anniversary badge - Slovenian Association Melbourne 40th Anniversary gold badge 1994

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

40th Anniversary badge in a shape of a Linden leaf. Linden tree is very symbolic for Slovenians. 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

SDM 40 let - SAM 40 years

waiting, photo - Waiting to board Flaminia, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of ship Flaminia in the port of Trieste, Italy. Passengers waiting to embark

Historical information

Slovenians, amongst many others, embarking ship Flaminia getting ready to sail to Australia at Trieste, Italy in 1960

Significance

Slovenians and others in readiness to sail to Australia

Certificate of participation - Marcela Bole - Certificate of participation CSOV 1998

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Certificate issued in gratitude for the participation at the Slovenian Festival 1998

Inscriptions & Markings

A thank you certificate by CSOV

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.

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

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 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

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

Spinning wheel from 1896 - Slovenian Spinning wheel dated 1896

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Spinning wheel

Inscriptions & Markings

Gold coloured metal plaque with the inscription

Anica - relatives photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue, counted cross stitch on white linen

Inscription in a book - Inscription in a book of Essays from 1896

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Inscription in the Book of Essays

Sepia Photo - Slovenians in Italian refugee camp

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Group of young Slovenians in an Italian refugee camp

Photo - Marcela and Silvester Bole with Danila and Neva, Trieste 1955 before boarding Toscana

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela and Silvester Bole with Danila and Neva, Trieste 1955, before boarding Toscana

Historical information

Marcela (hat in hand) and Silvester Bole with daughters Danila (with a doll) and Neva (hat in hand), Trieste 1955 before boarding Toscana

Cultural program, dancing

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of Slovenian performers at a concert VESELI VECER organized by Slovenian Association Melbourne. Performers amongst others are Slavko Kregar, trumpeter, in the centre Lojze Markic dancing with Jenny ?

Historical information

Slovenians performing at Veseli Vecer in 1962/63 St Brigit's Hall, Fitzroy North organized by Slovenian Association Melbourne

Significance

Slovenian function Veseli Vecer

Blessing of Slovenski Dom - Blessing of Slovenian Home in Carlton by Fr Basil in 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the Blessing at the opening of the Slovenian Centre - Slovenski Dom in Carlton by Fr Basil in 1960. Slovenians were very proud to have achieved the goal and purchased a building, the very first Slovenian centre in Australia.

Historical information

The Slovenian Home in Carlton was purchased partially by donations and personal members loans. The Dom had comfortable rooms for meetings, drama group practices, welcoming ceremonies, some sporting activities, singing and poetry recitals.

Significance

Being the first Slovenian Home in Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

Blessing of the Slovenian Dom

Slovenian children at the Royal Melbourne Show

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of the large decorative heart with the Slovenian children in national costumes and boys playing piano accordions at the Royal Melbourne Show. The children are:

Historical information

Slovenian Club Melbourne participated many times at the Royal Melbourne Show with the musicians, dancers, folk dances, art and craft exhibitions. They were always warmly welcomed.

Significance

The second Slovenian children of the first generations keeping up the traditions

Inscriptions & Markings

Young generation of Slovenians, born in Australia, keeping the Slovenian traditions

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

Honorary Receipt for a Donation - Honorary Receipt for a Donation for Slovenian Dom

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Honorary Receipt for a Donation or a Loan to the Slovenian Club Melbourne for its Building Fund in 1957, signed by M. Lauko

Historical information

The members and non-members of the Slovenian Club Melbourne collected money for the purchase of the Slovenski Dom. The fundraising began in 1957.

Significance

The receipt has donors address, signature of the collector and date

Inscriptions & Markings

A promise to donate with the donators address, date and collectors signature

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

Photo - Anica Grandparents2

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of Anica grandparents

Cultural program2, photo - Cultural program2

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Slovenians performing

Significance

Slovenian Function

Photo - Kew, Group of Guys

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Baraga House

Significance

Gathering of friends at Baraga House

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