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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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Latina Parish church - Town Latina parish church, L Markic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

School Certificate - Marcela Bole School Certificate 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

School Certificate of Marcela Bole in Italian school

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

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

Badge of Slovenian Association Melbourne - Badge of Slovenian Association Melbourne established 1954

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Historical information

Slovenian Association Melbourne has given option to all the members of the association to purchase the badge

Significance

Symbolic presentation of Slovenian flag colours, Association being formed in Australia in 1954, showing Mt Triglav, the highest Slovenian mountain and the Slovenian national flower - the carnation

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

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

Slovenians ready to board Flaminia, 1960 - photo - Slovenians ready to board Flaminia, 1960

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.

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

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

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

Painting - M. Bole: Tomaj Monastery 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A watercolour painting of the Monastery in Tomaj, now Slovenia

Inscriptions & Markings

Marcela Gec, 1925

pattern - Marcela Bole Hazelbush pattern, 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Pattern using hazel bush as the base flower, arranging it in a circle

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

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

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

Camp Latina - Slovenian girls, camp Latina, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of the first Drama group performance in 1957 - Performers of the first Slovenian drama group performance in Melbourne, 1957

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Actors of the first Slovenian Drama group in 1957, performing at the Kensington Town Hall with the comedy Županova Micka. Performers include: Ivan Jenc, Zorka Boletova, Srecko Kosir, Tinka Verbic, Tone Wergles, Ludvik Pirnat, Elka Pirnat, Erik Zdrazil

Historical information

The performers of the first Slovenian comedy in Australia performed in 1957 at the Kensington Town Hall. The actors names are as follows:

Significance

The continuation of Slovenian culture and language in Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

The costumes were are made by the members or hired

Monument - Monument - In Memory - Slovenian Association Melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Monument to the deceased members at the Slovenian Association Melbourne

Entrance to Camp Latina, photo - Entry to camp Latina, 1960, A Markic and Pero

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Confirmation, St Vid, Podnanos, photo - Confirmation, St Vid, Podnanos

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

1st post war confirmation ( St. Vid ) Podnanos, Markic children

Camp Latina photo - Camp Latina, group of Slovenians at the beach, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

crochet swan - Marcela Bole crochet swan

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Table decoration or bridal ornament, crochet

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

Flaminia, photo - Slovenians ready to board Flaminia, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of a group of Slovenian refugees

Historical information

Next step Slovenian refugees moving on from refugee camp in Latina to a new start in Australia end of September 1960 with the ship Flaminia

Significance

Slovenian refugees ready to leave Latina camp, Italy

Departure from Camp Latina, photo - Departure from camp Latina, Sept 1960, D Ziberna, M Krsevan, L Markic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Newsletter telling members of the upcoming Cultural Evening with a drama play - First Slovenian Cultural Evening with a Drama group performance

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A newsletter to the Slovenian Club members inviting them to the First Slovenian Cultural Evening with the performance of the Slovenian Drama group in 1957

Historical information

Slovenians enjoyed cultural items and performances by the drama group. The Slovenian drama group was formed in 1957 with the director Srečko Košir. They performed at the Kensington Town Hall on November 22nd 1957 at 8pm. The program was of 3 hours duration. The play was entitled Županova Micka - The Mayer's Mary.

Significance

Hand illustrated newsletter typed on an old typewriter owned by the Slovenian Club Melbourne

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of actors and the director clearly presented

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A white crochet doily from 1959

Moomba Event Program - Moomba Event Program 1962

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

The Moomba International Cultural Group presenting International Medley Program, Melbourne, on Sunday, 4th March 1962 at Alexandra Gardens with international participants, among them musician playing a Slovenian polka

Inscriptions & Markings

Program design showed the Moomba logo and announcing Miss Moomba INternational Quest, Free admission