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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour drawing - Neva Roeder-Bole, colour drawing, Carnation variation, Grade 2

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour drawing of a variation on the theme carnation, drawn in Grade 2, in school at Opcine, near Trieste

Photo - Anica Grandparents2

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of Anica grandparents

Falls Creek, photo - Slovenians at Falls Creek, 1965

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of cultural group - Participants of the Slovenian Cultural Evening in 1958

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo depicting the participants and organisers of the Slovenian Cultural Evening in 1958 with the musician

Historical information

Slovenians organised many cultural evenings for the members and wider Slovenian community in Melbourne in 1958

Significance

The values and pride - being a Slovenian

snowdrop pattern - Marcela Bole Ornament using snowdrop flower

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Using snowdrop as a base, the ornament is arranged in a square shape for leaves and a rectangle for the flowe

Inscriptions & Markings

Gec Marc. 4.LST 17.3.1925

Photo - Midnight Mass preparations, Kew, 1963

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Preparation for Christmas midnight Mass at Baraga House

Significance

Celebration of Christmas by Slovenians

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

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

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

Ready to depart, photo - Ready to depart, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Staying behind, 1960, photo - Staying behind, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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

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

Photo - Lojze Markic: First car, 1963

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

First car 1963

Historical information

Alojz Markic - owner of 1st car

Significance

Proud moment

Gold coloured plaque on a spinning wheel - Plaque on a spinning wheel - a gift to a SDM - Kmečka ohcet 1974

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Plaque on a spinning wheel, from year 1896, presented to Slovenian Association Melbourne at the occassion of the Kmečka Ohcet - Peasants Wedding in Ljubljana, 1974. At the special wedding were married Magda and Darko Hribernik.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription in Slovenian language: Kolovrat - 1896 v spomin SDM na kmečko ohcet 1974 v Ljubljani Darko in Magda Hribernik The spinningwheel - 1896 as a memento to the Slovenian Association Melbourne, of the Peasant Wedding 1974 in Ljubljana, Darko and Magda Hribernik

Exhibition Catalogue - Immigration Museum> Slovenian Exhibition Catalogue

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Exhibition Catalogue: Where to? To a New Beginning . . .

Inscriptions & Markings

Where to? To a New Beginning . . . in English and Slovenian languages

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

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

Invitation to a cultural evening - Invitation to the premiere of the happy cultural program 1961

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Hand written and drawn invitation to a humorous cultural evening - 150 minutes - with the ensemble LIPA, including Slovenian music and songs, on Saturday, 29th July 1961 at pm at St Bridgit's Hall, Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written and hand drawn invitation with the details of the event

Cross stitch belt - Neva Roeder-Bole, Cross stitch belt

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Cross stitch belt with a leader finish

School Certificate - Marcela Bole Gec Monastery School Tomaj School Certificate 1924

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela Bole Gec Monastery School Tomaj School Certificate from year 1924

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

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

St Nicholas in 1959 - St Nicholas and children in 1959

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

St Nicholas giving gifts to the children of Slovenian Club Melbourne and their friends in 1959

Historical information

Beautiful Slovenian tradition of awaiting St Nicholas and his entourage: angels and devils

Significance

Traditional dress, decoration and the hat

Inscriptions & Markings

Traditionaly dressed St Nicholas with his Bishop's stick

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 - 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

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

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

Cultural evening, photo - Cultural evening

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of Slovenians in Melbourne performint at a concert VESELI VECER 1962 or 1963 at St Brigits Hall, Fitzroy

Historical information

Slovenians Performing at a concert in 1962/63 at St Brigit"s Hall in Fitzroy north "VESELI VECER"

Significance

Slovenian function in 1962/63

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Sepia Photo - Slovenians in Italian refugee camp

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Group of young Slovenians in an Italian refugee camp

Embroidery - Neva Roeder-Bole embroidery, 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue embroidery and netting on pink linen

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 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

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

Photo of children's races - Children participating in races at the Slovenian picnic at Wandin East 1959

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of Slovenian children playing games and competing at the Slovenian picnic in Wandin East in 1959. The picnics were organised by the Slovenian Club Melbourne on Easter Mondays and Boxing Day.

Inscriptions & Markings

The large attendance of Slovenian children

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.

Golden Jubilee badge - Slovenian Association Melbourne - Golden Jubilee badge 2004

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Golden Jubilee Anniversary of the Slovenian Association Melbourne was an unforgettable event for members, friends and visitors. The Slovenian hill at Research became alive with song, rainbow colours, dances, choir, poetry, sporting competitions, exhibitions, great food and drinks, children entertainment and many happy people.

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovenian Association Melbourne 2004 Golden Jubilee 50th Est. 1954

Crochet border - Neva Roeder-Bole, Crochet border

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A crochet border of a small lace doily.

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.

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo Hunters lodge opening - Photo of the HUnters Lodge opening by Janez Zemljic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo depicting official opening of the Hunters Lodge by Janez Zemlic, the leader of the group and Frank Jelovcan.

Guests at a wedding 1958

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photograph of the participants and organisers of yet another Slovenian cultural evening of music, poems and dances

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

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)

Photo - Presentation of the Key to the new Slovenski Dom - Slovenian Centre in 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the ceremony of presenting the key to the newly aquired Slovenski Dom - Slovenian Centre in Carlton in 1960. The President Vinko Molan, left, is being presented with the key by Marjan Oppelt, Marjan Lauko at the back and ? holding the pillow

Historical information

Slovenian (Club) Association Melbourne first home in Carlton 1960 symbolic presentation of the key to the then president.

Inscriptions & Markings

Significant event in Slovenian history in Australia

Embroidered emblem - Slovenian Bocce Association Emblem

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Emblem of the Slovenian Bocce Association of Slovenian Association Melbourne, being a part of Slovenian Bocce Association of Victoria, worn by the competitors for the Victorian, interstate and overseas competitions.

Inscriptions & Markings

SDM - Slovenian Association Melbourne S:B:Z: - VIC. - Slovenska balinarska zveza Viktorije - Slovenian Bocce Association Victoria