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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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By appointment

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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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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.

Camp Latina - Slovenian girls, camp Latina, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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

Anica - relatives photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Pen drawing - M. Bole: Pen drawing of a snowdrop, 1924

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Pen drawn pattern for embroidery

Inscriptions & Markings

Gec M.

Royal Melbourne Show 1956 - Slovenian participants at Royal Melbourne Show in 1956

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Group of Slovenian musicians and dances participation at the Royal melbourne Show in 1956. The Slovenian Club Melbourne was always in favour of participating at the Australian and multicultural events.

Historical information

Slovenians loved to participate at the cultural and multicultural events and have proudly displayed their traditional national costume of Gorenjska region in Slovenia. The dancers have entertained the visitors with the lively Polka and waltz dancing and the musician on a piano accordion expressed his joy.

Significance

traditional Slovenian national costume of Gorenjska region - Slovenia

Inscriptions & Markings

The heart was a sign of love for this beautiful and welcoming country Australia

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

Invitation to the Winter Dance - Invitation to the Snežak - Zimski junak - the Snowman, the Winter Hero Dance 1957

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenians love to dance in Winter, or in the heat of the Summer. The invitation invites Slovenians to a Winter Dance on Saturday, August 10, 1957 at the Prahran Town Hall, Melbourne.

Historical information

The happy Slovenian can find any reason to dance, sing and enjoy Slovenian music. For occasions they were very quite innovative and used every opportunity to get together and speak in their bellowed Slovenian language, meet friends, some who met life partners.

Significance

The innovative design of the Winter theme

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand lettered and decorated title of the dance

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

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.

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

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 - Cultural evening - Veseli večer 1956

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photograph Some members in audience include: Viktor Lauko senior, Frank Fekonja senior, Zladko Verbic, Mici Hartman. Held at St Bridget's hall North Fitzroy.

Historical information

Audiences enjoyed all the cultural performances of the Slovenian Club Melbourne and attendance was always very well

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

Gold medal in a velvet box - Gold medal for participation on Moomba parade in 1962

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Gold medal in a velvet box presented to Danila Bole (Štolfa) for participation at the Miss Moomba International Quest in 1962.

Inscriptions & Markings

Miss Moomba International Quest, Moomba Festival Melbourne, 19626.5 x

Photo - Mt Macedon picnic - Slovenian picnic at Mt Macedon in 1959

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenians love gatherings and picnics. In 1959 buses took Slovenians to Mt Macedon, where they had a picnic with traditional Slovenian foods, game of volleyball, singing and having conversation in Slovenian language as well as meeting new friends

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

Photo of Library opening - Opening of updated library of Slovenian Association melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of the official guest opening the newly organised Library of Slovenian and other books at the Slovenian Association Melbourne

Exhibition panel - Immigration Museum Exhibition Title panel

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Immigration Museum Exhibition panel

Inscriptions & Markings

Title panel: Where to? To a New Beginning . . .

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

Crossing the Equator, 1960, photo - Crossing the Equator, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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.

Anica family - photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Crochet collar - Neva Roeder-Bole, Crochet collar

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Crochet round collar

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 - Anica Grandparents2

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of Anica grandparents

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.

crochet bedspread - Barcela Bole - crochet bedspread

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Multicoloured double bed crochet bedspread made of rose motifs

Inscriptions & Markings

combinations of many round and square crochet parts, sewn into the bedspread