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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.

Contact Information

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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.

Significance

Unique Slovenian migrant history objects, documentation, crafts, poetry and other literature works.

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Embroidery - Neva Roeder-Bole embroidery, 1955

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Blue embroidery and netting on pink linen

Anniversary badge - 25th Anniversary of Slovenian Association melbourne badge 1979

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Association melbourne - 25th Anniversary badge from 1979. It was a great and important milestone, celebrated at the new premises in Research, Melbourne

Inscriptions & Markings

Slovenian Association Melbourne Silver Jubilee -S.D.M. 25 - Srebrni jubilej, 1954 - 1979

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

Photo Slovenian Club in Carlton - Slovenian Club in Carlton, opened in 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenian Club - Slovenian Centre building in Park Street Carlton purchased and opened in 1960. The Slovenians have gathered for the official opening

Cross stitch belt - Neva Roeder-Bole, Cross stitch belt

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Cross stitch belt with a leader finish

Program - Program of the Slovenian Evening Dance

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Paper copy of the program

Historical information

The Slovenian Evening was the first Slovenian dance organised to raise funds for the Slovenian religious magazine Misli

Inscriptions & Markings

Program of the evening with an illustration

Camp Latina - Slovenian girls, camp Latina, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo - Slovenian Association in Spring

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour photo of Slovenian Associations' main building in the Spring

Photo - Lojze Markic - Winner, First Anniversary of Baraga House

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Celebration of Baraga House Hostel

Significance

Ist Anniversary

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

Gold medal in a velvet box - Gold medal for participation on Moomba parade in 1962

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Gold medal in a velvet box presented to Danila Bole (Štolfa) for participation at the Miss Moomba International Quest in 1962.

Inscriptions & Markings

Miss Moomba International Quest, Moomba Festival Melbourne, 19626.5 x

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.

School Certificate - Marcela Bole Gec Monastery School Tomaj School Certificate 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela Bole Gec Monastery School Tomaj School Certificate from year 1925

floral pattern - Marcela bole floral pattern of primulas

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Latina Parish church - Town Latina parish church, L Markic

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

Group of happy Slovenians, photo - Group of happy Slovenians

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Slovenians performing

Significance

Slovenian function in Melbourne

Photo - Lojze Markic: First car, 1963

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

First car 1963

Historical information

Alojz Markic - owner of 1st car

Significance

Proud moment

Picnic, photo - Slovenian picnic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Ready - Slovenians ready to go to Australia, Sept 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

Slovenians on the move to a new country

Significance

Moving on

ornament - Marcela Bole green leaf ornament

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Fr Basil and volleyball team

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Exhibition panel - Immigration Museum Exhibition Title panel

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Immigration Museum Exhibition panel

Inscriptions & Markings

Title panel: Where to? To a New Beginning . . .

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

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

St Nicholas in 1959 - St Nicholas and children in 1959

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

St Nicholas giving gifts to the children of Slovenian Club Melbourne and their friends in 1959

Historical information

Beautiful Slovenian tradition of awaiting St Nicholas and his entourage: angels and devils

Significance

Traditional dress, decoration and the hat

Inscriptions & Markings

Traditionaly dressed St Nicholas with his Bishop's stick

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

waiting, photo - Waiting to board Flaminia, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of ship Flaminia in the port of Trieste, Italy. Passengers waiting to embark

Historical information

Slovenians, amongst many others, embarking ship Flaminia getting ready to sail to Australia at Trieste, Italy in 1960

Significance

Slovenians and others in readiness to sail to Australia

Waiting to board Flaminia, 1960, photo - Waiting to board Flaminia, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research