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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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Opening Hours

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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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.

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

Invitation - Invitation to the Boxing Day Cultural performance in 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Invitation to the Cultural performance on Boxing Day in 1960, organised by the Slovenian Club Melbourne. The venue: St Brigid's Hall, 378 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Significance

Performance by the Drama Group

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand drawn symbolic presentation

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

Rome, top - Rome, at the top of the cupola, I Mihelj and L Markic, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Invitation to a dance - Jurjevanje - St George celebration 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Historical information

Jurjevanje is a custom in Slovenia, when in Spring the celebration of the victory over the Winter brings people to the fields. A man is covered in greenery of the newly grown green leaves of birches, especially in the region Bela Krajina. The man hops around in the field, bringing hope for the good harvest.

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.

Embroidered emblem - Slovenian Association Melbourne Hunters and Anglers emblem

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Embroidered emblem of the HUnters and Anglers section of the Slovenian Association Melbourne, worn on their dark green uniform for competitions and parades

Inscriptions & Markings

SDM - Slovenian Association Melbourne LRD - Hunters and Anglers Group

watercolour painting - Marcela Bole Christmas Eve

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo - Bole family on Toscana, 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of Bole family on Toscana, 1955, arriving to Sydney: fourth from left Neva, than Marcela holding a hat, and Danila

Historical information

Arrival of Bole family on Toscana, 1955

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Wooden dust beater - Marcela Bole dust beater

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A woven wooden(willow wood tied together with wire) dust beater to be used in spring cleaning for beating the carpets, mattresses and blankets,

Historical information

In Slovenia, there were no vacuum cleaners until 1970s to perform the jobs so housewives have been beating the dust out of mattresses, blankets and carpets

Camp Latina - Slovenian girls, camp Latina, 1960

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

pattern - Marcela Bole Daisy ornament

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Sash of first Miss Slovenia - Sash of the first Miss Slovenian in Australia

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Sash presented to the first Miss Slovenia in Australia, Miss Danila Bole

Inscriptions & Markings

Sash with a circular broche in a shape of a flower

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

Trophy - Trophy presented to the first Miss Slovenia in Australia 1964

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Silver trophy presented to the winner of Miss Slovenia quest on April 11, 1964 at Prahran Town Hall. The winner was Miss Danila Bole (now Štolfa)

Inscriptions & Markings

Danila Bole, Miss Slovenia, selected at the dance of Slovenian Association Melbourne on 11th April 1964 at Prahran Town Hall

ink drawing - Marcela Bole - ink drawing 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Ink drawing on cartridge paper of the hazel nut bush blossoms in late winter.

Historical information

Marcela Gec was attending Italian convent school, because the territory of Slovenia was under the Italian rule.

Significance

It had to be her own design to be able to create the embroidery

Inscriptions & Markings

Marcela Gec, 1925

Idrija Lace doily - Marcela Bole Idrija Lace doily

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

circular Idrija lace doily

Inscriptions & Markings

The Idrija lace was inserted in a thin off-white linen

Anica grandparents photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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

Photo - Midnight Mass preparations, Kew, 1963

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Preparation for Christmas midnight Mass at Baraga House

Significance

Celebration of Christmas by Slovenians

drawing - Marcela Bole - drawing cherries 1923

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

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

white embroidery - Neva Roeder-Bole, white school embroidery, 1954

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

White embroidery on apricot linen, school work from Opcine school, near Trieste in 1954

Photo of a gathering after a Mass - Slovenians gathered for the Slovenian Mass in Australian church in 50s

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Mass was offered to Slovenians only at special occasions in the early 50s for there was no priest stationed in Melbourne until 1956. They sang Slovenian hymns, met new friends and spoke in Slovenian language. This mass occurred in Clifton Hill.