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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Pen drawn pattern for embroidery

Inscriptions & Markings

Gec M.

Anica grandparents photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

crochet swan - Marcela Bole crochet swan

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Table decoration or bridal ornament, crochet

Spinning wheel from 1896 - Slovenian Spinning wheel dated 1896

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Spinning wheel

Inscriptions & Markings

Gold coloured metal plaque with the inscription

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.

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

Crochet collar - Neva Roeder-Bole, Crochet collar

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Crochet round collar

Camp Latina - Slovenian girls, camp Latina, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

lace pillow case decoration - Marcela Bole - pillow case decorated with the lace insert

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

white cotton pillow case with lace insert and the initials MG

Historical information

Two identical white cotton pillow cases with lace inserts for the dowry

Inscriptions & Markings

embroidered initials MG (Marcela Gec, married Bole)

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.

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

Anniversary badge - 30 - Slovenian Association Melbourne 30th Anniversary badge 1984

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

30th Anniversary badge of Slovenian Association Melbourne, celebrated in 1984 with a rich cultural program, showcasing choir singing, music, childrens, youth and adult folk dancing groups, poetry, narrating organised by Draga Gelt and exceptional finale item by 30 marching girls choreohraphed by Magda Pišotek.

Inscriptions & Markings

SDM (Slovensko društvo Melbourne - Slovenian Association Melbourne) 30 - 1954-1984

ornament - Marcela Bole green leaf ornament

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Club Melbourne Committee members 1958 - Slovenian Club Melbourne Committee members with the coat of arms 1958

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the Committee members of the Slovenian Club Melbourne in 1958. They are photographed with the Slovenian Club Melbourne Coat of Arms.

Historical information

It was a memorable moment when the Slovenian Club Melbourne Coat of Arms was introduced to use on the letterheads, badges and invitations. It represents the Slovenian community under the Southern Cross.

Significance

Coat of Arms of the Slovenian Club Melbourne

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovenian Club Melbourne Coat of Arms

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

Camp Latina, photo - New supervisor, camp Latina, 1960, Tom-Dalmacia, Pero-Istria, A Markic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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.

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

Embroidered emblem - Slovenian Association Melbourne - Snooker Group

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Association Snooker group was competing with other Slovenian clubs in Victoria and with German club. They won many trophies. The emblem was worn on thier uniform.

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovenian club Melbourne Snooker Group

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.

Ready to depart, 1960, photo - Ready to depart, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Anica parents photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Miss Slovenian Community 1985 sash

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

White satin sash awarded to the Miss Slovenian Community in 1985 Miss Angelique Van De Laak. She was selected among a group of other young ladies, being of one or two Slovenian parents. Angelique was tragically killed in a car accident years later.

Historical information

Miss Slovenian Community was selected every year at the Slovenian Association Melbourne. Young girls of Slovenian origin participated and collected donations, used for a known charity in Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

The sash is inscribed with the text: Miss Slovenian Community, 1985, Slovenian Association Melbourne

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

School Certificate - Marcela Bole Gec School Certificate 1923

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela bole School Certificate from 1923

Slovenian Home, Carlton, photo - Slovenian Home Carlton, K Strancar and L Markic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

painting - Marcela Bole - forest 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Blue cross stitch doily - Neva Roeder-Bole, blue cross stitch on white doily

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue, counted cross stitch on white linen