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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 - 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.

Crochet collar - Neva Roeder-Bole, Crochet collar

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Crochet round collar

Ready to depart, 1960, photo - Ready to depart, 1960

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.

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

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

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

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

pattern - Marcela Bole Daisy ornament

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Cultural program2, photo - Cultural program2

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Slovenians performing

Significance

Slovenian Function

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

Monument - Monument - In Memory - Slovenian Association Melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Monument to the deceased members at the Slovenian Association Melbourne

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

Medal - Marcela Bole - This is Your Life Medal 1989

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

medal with inscription on a band in Slovenian flag colours

Inscriptions & Markings

Marcela bole was presented the Medal in 1989 at the conclusion and in gratitude for her life achievements - as part of the This is Your Life cultural program Medal has a gold rim with white ceramic centre with TO JE VAŠE ŽIVLJENJE, g. MARCELA BOLE, KEW, 20. 6. 1999 on

Photo - D Lagonder, M Kregar, K Bizjak, R Koloini and K Strancar, Kew

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo outside Baraga house of Drago Lagonder, Milan Kregar, Karlo Bizjak , Rudi Koloini and Karlo Strancar

Historical information

Friends gathering

Significance

Building friendship

Flaminia - On board Flaminia, L Markic, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Crochet border - Neva Roeder-Bole, Crochet border

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A crochet border of a small lace doily.

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

Cimerman family photo with Stella - Matija and Marija Cimerman, and (Stanka) Stella

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Cimerman family on the way to Australia

Significance

Sailing to Australia

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

Photo of the Finale of the play Divji lovec - The Poacher - Finale photo of the play Divji lovec - The Poacher, 1968

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the Finale of the play Divji lovec - The Poacher, performed in 1968. Director was Ivan Valenčič.

School Certificate - Marcela Bole Gec School Certificate 1927

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela bole School Certificate from 1927

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.

Anica Markic school photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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

Falls Creek, photo - Slovenians at Falls Creek, 1965

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Note book

Inscriptions & Markings

Marcelina Gec

Colour drawing - Neva Roeder-Bole, colour drawing of carnations

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour drawing of stylised carnation, influenced by folk art. Motif is for embroidery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Neva Bole, 3B

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

painting - Marcela Bole - forest 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Waiting to board Flaminia, 1960, photo - Waiting to board Flaminia, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo - Moomba float 1980

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of the Moomba float, a winning entry

ornament - Marcela Bole green leaf ornament

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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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watercolour painting - Marcela Bole Christmas Eve

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Ready to depart, photo - Ready to depart, 1960

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.

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

Photo - Fr Basil, Boys and cook

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Gathering at Baraga House

Significance

Friends at Baraga House relaxing in company of Fr. Basil and the cooks - Mrs Kregar and Anica (Cinc) Kregar

Certificate of Appreciation - Marcela Bole Certificate of Appreciation 2001

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Certificate of Appreciation

Historical information

Certificate of Appreciation to Marcela Bole in 2001

Significance

For a contribution to the Carers Revealed - An Artistic View exhibition for Carers Week

Inscriptions & Markings

Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc.

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

Photo - After the Mass - After Slovenian Mass at Bunley

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the Slovenians after Slovenian Mass in church at Burnley.

Inscriptions & Markings

The photo was inappropriately folded at some stage and is damaged

Invitation - Invitation to the Boxing Day Cultural performance in 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Invitation to the Cultural performance on Boxing Day in 1960, organised by the Slovenian Club Melbourne. The venue: St Brigid's Hall, 378 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Significance

Performance by the Drama Group

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand drawn symbolic presentation

Photo - Lojze Markic: A little rest

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A little rest during work

Photo - Photo of the very first meeting of Slovenians in Melbourne, St Albans 1954

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A sepia photo of the Slovenians attending the first meeting in St. Albans, 1954 Some in attendance included: Ljubo Pirnat, Paule Postarenko, Ivan Gerbec, Tinka Verbic, Zladko Verbic, Viktor Ferfolia, Tusek, Joze Pekolj, Mrs Potocnik, Joze Potocnik, Janezic, Fanc Novina, Joze Golenko.

Historical information

On Sunday 19 December 1954 at 3.30 pm, 52 people attended the inaugural general meeting, which was held in the Catholic church hall at Theodore Street, St Albans. Slovenians at the meeting were enthused at the prospect of developing closer ties and a committee was formed to organise the next dance. This humble beginning laid the groundwork for the establishment of the first Slovenian organisation in Melbourne, Victoria.

Significance

On 5 December 1954 the first meeting of the club’s preparatory committee was held at 36 Prentice Street, East St Kilda with 26 people in attendance. The group prepared a list of regulations and decided on the name Slovenski klub Melbourne – Slovenian Club Melbourne (SCM). The first Minutes of the Meeting announced the club’s statement of purpose: • to assist migrants of Slovenian origin; • to assist assimilation to the Australian way of life; • to help Slovenian migrants in every possible way, especially financially; • to help Slovenian refugees in Europe, especially those who wanted to find a a new and free life in Australia; • to offer members and their friends healthy intellectual and physical activities in the cultural, social and sports arenas; and • to cultivate a Slovenian cultural heritage while also making contributions to their Australian community.