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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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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 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

Page from Vestnik - Vestnik, First Miss Slovenia in May 1964

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Page from Vestnik, May 1964, introducing the first Slovenian Miss Slovenia in Australia, Miss Danila Bole now Stolfo.

Certificate of Gratitude - Marcela Bole - Certificate of Gratitude 2002

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Certificate of Gratitude of participation at the 28th Slovenian Youth concert 2002

Inscriptions & Markings

Priznanje in zahvala - Acknowledgement and gratitude

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

Angelique Van de Laak sash 1985

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Angelique Van de Laak sash 1985 / every entrant has worn a sash with the name and the year of participation

Historical information

Every entrant of the Miss Comunity Quest has worn a sash with the name and year of the entry.

Significance

Miss Angelique has been tragically killed in a car accident years later.

Inscriptions & Markings

Miss Slovenian Community Quest, 1985 Miss Angelique Van De Laak Slovenian Association Melbourne

Town Latina, 1960, photo - Town Latina, 1960, Lojze Markic and Joze Viteznik

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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 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

Video and DVD - Footage of Slovenian migrants in 1956 in Australia

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

120 minute video cassette in colour depicting migrant ships arriving to Port Melbourne in 1956 and short clips of the Melbourne Olympic Games. Also includes footage of train journey to Bonegilla camp and camp housing facility.

Historical information

- Migrant ships arriving into Port Melbourne in 1956. Migrants boarding the train to Bonegilla camp and resettling in Victoria. - Section on Olympic Games in Melbourne was filmed by Father Basil Valentin OFM who was the Chaplain of the American Olympic team. -Also showed extracts of Moomba festival in 1957. - Slovenian settling on Australian farms and weddings of members of the Slovenian community

Significance

This video shows the magnitude of migrants who arrived in Australia in 1956 by ships mainly from Italian ports from Genoa, Trieste and Naples. It shows the settling of migrants into camps and depicts their everyday life including education and recreation and assimilation into Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

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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 - Anica Markic-Cimerman - Championship 1963

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Championship stainless steel Trophies ( 2 ) plus photo

Historical information

Annual school sports day St Joseph's College Wangaratta.

Significance

Sports' Day, Championship in running

Inscriptions & Markings

No 1 S.J.C.W 1963 A. Cimerman No 2 S.J.C.W 1963 Senior Championship A. Cimerman

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

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

Gold medalion - Gold Foundation Member Medalion

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Gold Foundation Member round metal medallion was presented to the then Committee members of Slovenian Association Melbourne at the time of building of the Slovenian Centre

Historical information

Medallion was presented to the foundation members of the Slovenian Association Melbourne commemorating the commencement of the building of the new Slovenian centre - presented to the then Committee members only

Significance

It was a great honour to be presented with the gold Foundation Member medallion

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovensko društvo Melbourne and a blue symbol

Building Fund Authority Certificate 1957 - Slovenian Club Melbourne Building Fund Authority Certificate 1957

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Authority Certificate for the Building Fund for Slovenian Club House issued to Mr Gomizel of Essendon, signed by the then president Zlatko Verbič

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped and signed

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

Camp Latina, photo - Camp Latina, in the back quarters for singles, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Bridal crochet gifts - Marcela Bole Bridal crochet gifts

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

White crochet shoe decorated with satin flowers and pearls and a little crochet bell

Historical information

Brides are given the ornaments after the marriage ceremony by friends and relatives as a keepsake

Significance

It brings luck and happiness to the newly weds

Monument - Monument - In Memory - Slovenian Association Melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Monument to the deceased members at the Slovenian Association Melbourne

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Gold plated metal trophy - Melbourne Moomba Festival trophy 1980

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Gold plated trophy presented to Slovenian Association Melbourne in 1980 for the entry of a float at the Moomba parade.

Historical information

Important Victorian Labour Day annual event in Melbourne and many floats form a lengthy parade - celebration in the streets of Melbourne, concluding at the Alexandra Gardens along River Yarra; it is a presentation of various communities, arts and cultural performances in the State of Victoria.

Significance

Getting together, celebrating multicultural community and many facets of social life

Inscriptions & Markings

Melbourne Moomba Festival Chairmans Trophy 1980 Best Float by First Time Entrant

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

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

Photo - Anica Grandparents2

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of Anica grandparents

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

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.

Anica Markic school photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Gold Medal - Medal for participation at Moomba parade in 1962

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Medal received by Danila Bole (now Štolfa) for participation at Moomba parade in 1962, representing Slovenian Association Melbourne in Slovenian national costume, together with Helena Van de Laak and

Significance

Gold Medal to a Slovenian girl in 1962 at the Miss Moomba International Quest in 1962

Inscriptions & Markings

Miss Moomba International Quest, Moomba Festival Melbourne, 1962 with Moomba logo

Old book - Book in Slovenian: Essays - Spisje, 1886

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Old Slovenian book of Essays, by P. Miklavec, printed at Novo mesto in 1886. The book was donated to the HASA archive by

Inscriptions & Markings

Book is very damaged and poorly cared for with masking tape holding the fragile pages