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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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Photo - Moomba float 1980

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of the Moomba float, a winning entry

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

invitation - SAM 30th Anniversary program 1984

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

white red and blue folded flayer

photo - M Cimerman, Marija Cimerman and Anica Markic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of Slovenians attending a party. Mr and Mars Mursic, Matija Cimerman, Anica Cimerman (Markic) Marija Cimerman

Historical information

Slovenians at a party1965/66

Significance

Slovenians gathering at a party

White badge - Slovenian Association Melbourne Opening Research-Eltham centre celebration badge 1978

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

The Celebration badge issued at the Official Opening of the new Slovenian Association Melbourne Centre at Research - Eltham in 1978, a proud moment for all the Associations members.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gold lettering on white background: SAM October 1978 at the time of the opening of the Eltham centre

Photo - Building of the corner of the new centre at Eltham 1972

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of the building team laying the bricks at the corner of the new centre. The work was voluntary at the weekends, but the building was growing quite fast. On the photo are:

Blue embroidery - Neva Roeder-Bole, blue, school embroidery, and border on white linen

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue embroidery on white linen with a special stitch for the border. School work.

Photo - K Bizjak, M Abram, S. Hartman, K Strancar, S Kregar after Mass

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Relaxing after Mass

Significance

Young Slovenians gathering in the park

Camp Latina, photo - Slovenians in camp Latina, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

A gathering of Slovenians at the refugee camp in Italy, Latina prior to sailing to Australia

Significance

Slovenians Moving on from the camp in Latina, Italy to a new future in Australia

Crossing the Equator, 1960, photo - Crossing the Equator, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Crossing the Equator

Significance

Ceremony held aboard the ship crossing the equator

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

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 - Childrens' playground at Slovenian Association Melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of childrens' playground at the Slovenian Association melbourne

Photo of Library opening - Opening of updated library of Slovenian Association melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of the official guest opening the newly organised Library of Slovenian and other books at the Slovenian Association Melbourne

Preliminary sketch - Building sketch of Slovenian Association Melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Drawing of the building - the future Slovenian Association Melbourne

Historical information

Preliminary sketch for the future building structures of Slovenian Association Melbourne

drawing - Marcela Bole - daisy ornament 1924

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Flat, unfolded money box - Money box for collecting donations for the Slovenian Dom 1957

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Card, flat box to be folded into the money box to use for the collection and saving of money to be donated to the Slovenian Club Melbourne for the Slovenski Dom in 1957

Historical information

Slovenian Club Melbourne were issuing the money boxes to collect extra donations and encouraging young people to save for the Slovenian cause - the Slovenski Dom, the first Slovenian Centre in Melbourne

Significance

Inviting Slovenians to donate and thanking them for their kindness

Inscriptions & Markings

Drawing of the traditional Slovenian window with the carnations and Slovenian proverbs and instructions for folding

Matija and Marija Cimerman and Stella, photo - Matija and Marija Cimerman and Stella

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Camp Napoli, photo - Camp Napoli, 1959, L Markic, suit donated by Red Cross

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

ADEC program - Marcela Bole participating on ADEC cultural program

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

ADEC Program outlay

Inscriptions & Markings

Marcela Bole participating with the recital of her poem in Italian

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Pink embroidery - Neva Roeder-Bole pink embroidery

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Pink embroidery on white linen and pink applique

Cultural evening, photo - Cultural evening

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of Slovenians in Melbourne performint at a concert VESELI VECER 1962 or 1963 at St Brigits Hall, Fitzroy

Historical information

Slovenians Performing at a concert in 1962/63 at St Brigit"s Hall in Fitzroy north "VESELI VECER"

Significance

Slovenian function in 1962/63

Photo - Lojze Markic: building site

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

At the building site

Crochet collar - Neva Roeder-Bole, Crochet collar

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Crochet round collar

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.

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 Mountaineers Dance - Planinska zabava 1955 - Mountaineers Dance - Planinska zabava 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of some participants of the Mountaineers dance in 1955 held at Prahran Town hall. Some people who attended: Mici Hartman, Max Hartman senior, Mima Adamic, Martin Adamic, Marijan Persic, Franc Hartman, Tinka Verbic, Zladko Verbic, Zerdoner Vekoslav, Mrs Potocnik.

Historical information

Slovenians are very proud of their mountain Mt Triglav, towering 2864m high in the Alps region of Slovenia. It is their symbol of greatness, might, power and strength. They love to sing songs about Mt Triglav, they used the mountain as the emblem and in many ways culturally.

Significance

The Aljaž tower was built with card and painted for the occasion

Inscriptions & Markings

The photo showcases the Aljaž tover, which stands on top of Mt Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia (2984m) and the participants enjoying the event

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