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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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School Certificate - Marcela Bole Gec School Certificate 1923

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela bole School Certificate from 1923

floral pattern - Marcela bole floral pattern of primulas

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Keyring - 35th Anniversary - Slovenian Association Melbourne 35th Anniversary keyring 1989

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Association Melbourne 35th Anniversary keyring in Slovenian flag colours, Southern Cross, Mt Triglav and Slovenian national flower, the red carnation. The keyring was available to all members of the SAM.

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovenian Association Melbourne S:D:M: 35th EST. 1954

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A white crochet doily from 1959

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.

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

Colour photo - Slovenian Association melbourne Hunters and Anglers section Perpetual Trophy

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of the celebration of winning the Perpetual trophy for air rifle shooting competiotion among the Slovenian Hunters group in Victoria. First Row: Stan Prosenak,Stefan Baligac, Tone Knap, Franc Arnus, unknown, Marijan Preloznik, Joze Golenko, Viktor Lampe, Martin Adamic Second row:Tilio Udovic, Valter Prosenak. On stage: Frank Fekonja, Slavko Licen.

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

Slovenians at Royal Melbourne Show 1959 - Slovenians in national costumes at the Royal melbourne Show in 1959

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian couple dressed in Slovenian national costume of Gorenjska region at the Royal Melbourne Show in 1959. The painting shows the tourist attraction Lake Bled and many traditional items of craft were placed in the exhibition as well. The man in the photo is Leopold Jalk.

Historical information

The Slovenians enjoyed participation at the Royal Melbourne Show 1959 where they could showcase the Slovenian traditions, arts and crafts, and at times,culinary goodies as well.

Significance

Traditional Slovenian crafts, national costume and the tourism jewel Lake Bled

Inscriptions & Markings

Couple dressed in Slovenian national costume, painting of Lake Bled and Slovenian traditional crafts

Blue embroidery - Neva Roeder-Bole, blue, school embroidery, and border on white linen

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue embroidery on white linen with a special stitch for the border. School work.

Camp Latina photo - Camp latina, 1960, L Markic, Rikarda Koloini and I Mihelj.

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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

M and M Cimerman, and Anica - Matija and Marija Cimerman, and Anica

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Ready - Slovenians ready to go to Australia, Sept 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Slovenians on the move to a new country

Significance

Moving on

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

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

apron pattern 1925 - Marcela Bole pattern for an apron with flowers and a bonnet

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Pattern for an apron decorated with flowers and a lace edged bonnet

Inscriptions & Markings

Cuffie da Cugina

white embroidery - Neva Roeder-Bole, white school embroidery, 1954

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

White embroidery on apricot linen, school work from Opcine school, near Trieste in 1954

Sepia Photo - Slovenians in Italian refugee camp

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Group of young Slovenians in an Italian refugee camp

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

Camp Latina, photo - New supervisor, camp Latina, 1960, Tom-Dalmacia, Pero-Istria, A Markic

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

Pink embroidery - Neva Roeder-Bole pink embroidery

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Pink embroidery on white linen and pink applique

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Trophy - Trophy presented to the first Miss Slovenia in Australia 1964

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Silver trophy presented to the winner of Miss Slovenia quest on April 11, 1964 at Prahran Town Hall. The winner was Miss Danila Bole (now Štolfa)

Inscriptions & Markings

Danila Bole, Miss Slovenia, selected at the dance of Slovenian Association Melbourne on 11th April 1964 at Prahran Town Hall

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.

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

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

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)

Colour drawing - Neva Roeder-Bole Easter Eggs drawing, 1953

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour drawing of Slovenian Easter Eggs

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

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

Moomba - Participating at Moomba Festival

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of Anica (Anne) Markic and Alojz (Lojze ) Markic in Slovenian national costume in front of the home of Slovenian Association Melbourneo priort o participating in a dance at Moomba festival melbourne

Historical information

Slovenians Participating at Melbourne Moomba festival in 1969 or 1970

Significance

Slovenians in Slovenian national costume, Moomba festival Melbourne

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 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

Maths note book - M. Bole: Maths note book, 1922

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Note book

Inscriptions & Markings

Marcelina Gec

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

Embroidery - Neva Roeder-Bole embroidery, 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue embroidery and netting on pink linen

Hunters and Anglers badge - Slovenian Association Melbourne Hunters and Anglers badge

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Association Melbourne - Hunters and Anglers badge was worn by the group members at competitions and parades.

Inscriptions & Markings

SDM - Slovensko društvo Melbourne Slovenian Association Melbourne LRD - Lovska ribiška družina - Hunters and Anglers

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

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

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

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

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

Photo - Lojze Markic: A little rest

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A little rest during work

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

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

Princes Pier, photo - Princes Pier, 1962, Station Pier at the back, L Markic, Mirko Cuderman, Joze Z

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

black and white photo Outing to Princess Pier in Melbourne 1962: Lojze Markic, Mirko Cuderman and Joze Zuzek

Historical information

Friends on an outing to Station Pier in 1962, Port Melbourne

Significance

Friendship building

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