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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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By appointment

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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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Photo - Family Bole in Australia, Pascoe Vale, September 5, 1958

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Family Bole in Australia, Pascoe Vale, September 5, 1958: daughter Danila, 13; Silvester, Marcela giving her husband an expresso coffee to celebrate the occasion, and Neva 17 years old

Historical information

Migrant family Bole in Australia, 1958

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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.

Embroidered emblem - Slovenian Association Melbourne Hunters and Anglers emblem

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Embroidered emblem of the HUnters and Anglers section of the Slovenian Association Melbourne, worn on their dark green uniform for competitions and parades

Inscriptions & Markings

SDM - Slovenian Association Melbourne LRD - Hunters and Anglers Group

Photo of foundation work - Foundation work for the new centre 1972

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Foundation work on the block of the new centre, preparing for the building of the new centre

Photo - Marcela Bole in 1933, centre

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela Gec as a young lady in 1933, centre, later married Silvester Bole

Historical information

Young ladies in 1933

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

First Holy Communion souvenir 1923 - Marcela Bole: First Holy Communion Souvenir

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

First Holy Communion Certificate awarded to Marcela Gec on April 15, 1923

Inscriptions & Markings

Spomin prvega sv. obhajila

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour drawing of Slovenian Easter Eggs

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 - Carnival dance - Pustni ples 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photograph Masquerade ball held at Broadmeadows Town hall

Historical information

Slovenians love Shrovetide carnivals. People come dressed in costumes and masks, dance, select the best masks and are preparing for the Lent

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

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.

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

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

drawing - Marcela Bole - drawing cherries 1923

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

red satin sash - Marcela Bole - Mother of the Year 1989 sash

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Red satin sash with gold tassle

Historical information

Every year the Slovenian Association Melbourne selected Mother of the Year. Sometimes the school children wrote essays and the author's mother of the best essay became Mother of the Year, receiving a sash and flowers

Inscriptions & Markings

1989 S.D.M. (Slovensko društvo Melbourne - Slovenian Association Melbourne) Mother of the Year

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

Photo - Lojze Markic: First car, 1963

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

First car 1963

Historical information

Alojz Markic - owner of 1st car

Significance

Proud moment

Anniversary badge - 30 - Slovenian Association Melbourne 30th Anniversary badge 1984

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

30th Anniversary badge of Slovenian Association Melbourne, celebrated in 1984 with a rich cultural program, showcasing choir singing, music, childrens, youth and adult folk dancing groups, poetry, narrating organised by Draga Gelt and exceptional finale item by 30 marching girls choreohraphed by Magda Pišotek.

Inscriptions & Markings

SDM (Slovensko društvo Melbourne - Slovenian Association Melbourne) 30 - 1954-1984

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

Photo - Exhibition at the Royal Melbourne Show, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the Slovenian stand at the Royal melbourne Show Exhibition in 1960

Inscriptions & Markings

Traditional Slovenian craft items17 x 20.50 cm

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

Crochet border - Neva Roeder-Bole, Crochet border

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A crochet border of a small lace doily.

Slovenski Vestnik - Messenger 1958 - Article introducing the Chess and Hunters sections in Slovenian Club Melbourne in 1958

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Front page of the Vestnik - Messenger

Historical information

Vestnik - Messenger was established in 1955 and it brought news and cultural events to the members of Slovenian Club Melbourne and other subscribers. There were various editors, among them the longest term was by Marjan Persič. The issue in this file was edited by K. Kodrič.

Significance

Vestnik is full of current and historical news, advertisements, notices and articles.

Inscriptions & Markings

The page introduces the establishment of the Chess and Hunters groups at the Slovenian Club Melbourne