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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)
phone
+61 +613 9437 1226

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Opening Hours

By appointment

Entry Fee

None

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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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 - 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

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

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

Photo - Building of the corner of the new centre at Eltham 1972

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of the building team laying the bricks at the corner of the new centre. The work was voluntary at the weekends, but the building was growing quite fast. On the photo are:

Photo - Lojze Markic: First car, 1963

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

First car 1963

Historical information

Alojz Markic - owner of 1st car

Significance

Proud moment

Crochet collar - Neva Roeder-Bole, Crochet collar

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Crochet round collar

Photo Red Cross presentation of donation - Helen Trinnick presenting the Slovenian Association Melbourne donation

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of Helen Trinnick presenting Sir Ruper Hamer with the donation to Red Cross by the Slovenian Association Melbourne in

Photo - Childrens' playground at Slovenian Association Melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of childrens' playground at the Slovenian Association melbourne

A page from newpaper Vestnik - Miss Slovenia in 1964

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A title page of Vestnik, May 1964, announcing selection of Miss Slovenia - Miss Danila Bole, now Stolfa

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

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

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

Exhibition panel - Immigration Museum Exhibition panel 2

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Exhibition panel depicting the Question Where to?

Inscriptions & Markings

Where to? and Pregled in Slovenian language

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue, counted cross stitch on white linen

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

Rome, photo - Rome 1960, M Krsevan, L Markic, F Saule, R Koloini, K Strancar, Florjan, D Ziberna and I Mihelj

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of a group of Slovenian refugees from Latina on a visit to Rome. Miro Krsevan, Alojz Markic, Franc Savle, Rudi Koloini, Karlo Strancar, Florijan Vidmar , Darjo Ziberna and Ivo Mihelj

Historical information

A group of Slovenian friends on a sightseeing trip from refugee camp Latina to the eternal city of ROME

Significance

Refugees to Italy, Slovenian riends exploring Rome

invitation - SAM 30th Anniversary program 1984

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

white red and blue folded flayer

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

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.

Anica parents photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Anica family - photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Certificate of Appreciation 1998 - Marcela Bole - Certificate of Appreciation 1998

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Certificate of Appreciation by the CSOV President at the occasion of the 6th Slovenian Festival 1998

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A white crochet doily from 1959

watercolour symbolic leaf pattern - Marcela Bole - watercolour autumn leaf ornament

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Watercolour painting presenting leaf ornament

Historical information

Painting and ornaments were taught at the convent school at Tomaj where Marcela attended the school. She was taught by the Nuns

Inscriptions & Markings

Jesenski ornament - Autumn leaf ornament

Exhibition panel - Immigration Museum Exhibition panel: A New Beginning

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Exhibition panel of the Slovenian Exhibition at the Melbourne Immigration Museum

Inscriptions & Markings

A New Beginning V novo bodocnost (in Slovenian)

Staying behind, 1960, photo - Staying behind, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Picnic, photo - Slovenian picnic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Inscription in the Book of Essays

painting - Marcela Bole - forest 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research