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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Certificate of participation - Marcela Bole - Certificate of participation CSOV 1998

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Certificate issued in gratitude for the participation at the Slovenian Festival 1998

Inscriptions & Markings

A thank you certificate by CSOV

Photo - Baraga boys in Baraga Home, Kew

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Baraga House - Recreation room

Significance

Gathering of young Slovenians

Photo - Fr Basil, Boys and cook

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Gathering at Baraga House

Significance

Friends at Baraga House relaxing in company of Fr. Basil and the cooks - Mrs Kregar and Anica (Cinc) Kregar

geometrical pattern - Marcela Bole Geometrical pattern

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Drawing of a geometrical pattern using hexagon, diamond shapes and triangles in various colours

Inscriptions & Markings

Gec M. 20.1. 1925 - 3L ST

Photo - Marcela and Silvester Bole with Danila and Neva, Trieste 1955 before boarding Toscana

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela and Silvester Bole with Danila and Neva, Trieste 1955, before boarding Toscana

Historical information

Marcela (hat in hand) and Silvester Bole with daughters Danila (with a doll) and Neva (hat in hand), Trieste 1955 before boarding Toscana

35th Anniversary badge - Slovenian Association Melbourne 35th Anniversary badge - Linden leaf

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Association Melbourne - 35th Anniversary badge in the shape of a Linden leaf, an old Slovenian symbolic tree. The linden tree is a tree of friendship, love and loyalty. 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

Slovensko društvo Melbourne 35 - 1954 - 1989 Slovenian Association

snowdrop pattern - Marcela Bole Ornament using snowdrop flower

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Using snowdrop as a base, the ornament is arranged in a square shape for leaves and a rectangle for the flowe

Inscriptions & Markings

Gec Marc. 4.LST 17.3.1925

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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

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

Photo Hunters Lodge - Opening of the Hunters Lodge

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of the official opening of the Hunters Lodge by Janez Zemljic (right), on the far left Frank Jelovčan and in the middle Jože Golenko

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

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo - Silvester Bole in Italian army uniform, fought the Mussolini War in Ethiopia, 1933

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Silvester Bole in Italian army uniform, fought the Mussolini War in Ethiopia, 1933 Silvester Bole v italijanski vojaški uniformi. Boril se je v Mussolinijevi vojski v Etiopiji leta 1933.

Historical information

Many Slovenian men were conscripted into Italian army to fight in war in Ethiopia in 1933 Veliko slovenskih moških je bilo vpoklicanih v italijansko vojsko, da so se borili v vojni v Etiopiji leta 1933.

Significance

There are not many photographs available from those times, especially of Slovenian soldiers. Zelo redke so fotografije slovenskih vojakov iz tega časa.

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

Spinning wheel from 1896 - Slovenian Spinning wheel dated 1896

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Spinning wheel

Inscriptions & Markings

Gold coloured metal plaque with the inscription

Anica grandparents photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Keyring - 35th Anniversary - Slovenian Association Melbourne 35th Anniversary keyring 1989

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Association Melbourne 35th Anniversary keyring in Slovenian flag colours, Southern Cross, Mt Triglav and Slovenian national flower, the red carnation. The keyring was available to all members of the SAM.

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovenian Association Melbourne S:D:M: 35th EST. 1954

Photo - Kew - Slavko Kregar

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

On an outing

Significance

Photo taken after Sunday Mass

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Staying behind, photo - Staying behind, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of people saying goodbye to those ready to sail at the port in Trieste, Italy

Historical information

Waving goodbye to friends as they sail into a new beginning in Australia in 1960

Significance

Goodbye to friends moving on, amongst them Slovenians

Photo of the trophy - Perpetual trophy of the Hunters group

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of the presentation of the Perpetual Trophy to the hunters of Slovenian Association Melbourne

Cultural program2, photo - Cultural program2

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Slovenians performing

Significance

Slovenian Function

Goodbye Camp Latina, photo - Goodbye camp Latina, Sept 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and White photo of a group of Slovenians waving goodbye to camp Latina prior to moving on to Australia. . . . Lojze Markic, Karlo Strancar, . . Rudi Koloini.

Historical information

Moving on from refugee camp

Significance

Leaving the refugee camp for a new start

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

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

Invitation to the opening of the Slovenian Club Melbourne 1960 - Invitation to the opening and the program at the occasion of the opening of the Slovenian Club Melbourne in 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

An official invitation to the members, special guests and friends to the official opening of the Slovenski Dom in Carlton, on 4th September1960 at 4pm.

Historical information

The proud Slovenians in melbourne celebrated their important day, a milestone in the history of Slovenians in Australia

Significance

Symbolic logo depicting Southern Cross and the second logo depicting Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, performing arts: literature, stage performances, music, dance, entwined with flowers above the boomerang. The invitation also includes a proverb

Inscriptions & Markings

Symbolic logo depicting Southern Cross and the second logo depicting Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, performing arts: literature, stage performances, music, dance, entwined with flowers above the boomerang. The invitation also includes a proverb