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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

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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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Camp Latina, workers, photo - Camp Latina, workers, Pero - Istria, R Koloini, M Krsevan, F Savle, A Mrak

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Royal Melbourne Show 1956 - Slovenian participants at Royal Melbourne Show in 1956

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Group of Slovenian musicians and dances participation at the Royal melbourne Show in 1956. The Slovenian Club Melbourne was always in favour of participating at the Australian and multicultural events.

Historical information

Slovenians loved to participate at the cultural and multicultural events and have proudly displayed their traditional national costume of Gorenjska region in Slovenia. The dancers have entertained the visitors with the lively Polka and waltz dancing and the musician on a piano accordion expressed his joy.

Significance

traditional Slovenian national costume of Gorenjska region - Slovenia

Inscriptions & Markings

The heart was a sign of love for this beautiful and welcoming country Australia

floral pattern - Marcela bole floral pattern of primulas

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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

Crochet doily, 1959 - Neva Roeder-Bole, Crochet doily, 1959

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

A white crochet doily from 1959

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

Certificate of Recognition - Marcela Bole - Priznanje in Recognition 1999

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Certificate of Recognition for participation on the 25th Slovenian Youth Concert 1999

Historical information

Slovenian Religious centres in Australia stage annually Slovenian Youth Concerts. Participating youth and some adult participate with songs, dance, poetry and drama.

Significance

Marcela Bole participated with reading her own poetry

Inscriptions & Markings

Recognition Certificate, 2nd October 1999

School Certificate - Marcela Bole Gec School Certificate 1927

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Marcela bole School Certificate from 1927

Photo Hunters lodge opening - Photo of the HUnters Lodge opening by Janez Zemljic

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo depicting official opening of the Hunters Lodge by Janez Zemlic, the leader of the group and Frank Jelovcan.

Carved wooden plate - Carved wooden plate with Slovenian Mother, Father and a baby in the cradle

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Carved wooden plate depicting a happy event - a baby. Father and Mother are looking at the baby in the beautifully decorated cradle, with sign IHS and flowers at the head end. In the background is a kmečka peč - a huge heart for bread making, cooking and warming up.

Inscriptions & Markings

IHS

Photo of a ladies game - Ladies competing in a sack race at Slovenian picnic in 1962 at Wandin East.

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photograph of a Slovenian picnic ladies sack race at Wandin East in 1962.

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

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

tatted doily - Marcela Bole - tatted lace doily

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Oval white linen doily with tatted lace edging

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

Slovenian picnic, photo - Slovenian picnic at Silvan, Miro, Karlo, Ivan, Dario, Rudi, Jenny, Anica

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of a group of young Slovenians on a social outing; Slovenian picnic at Sylvan. Miro Krsevan, Karlo Strancar, Ivo Mihelj, Darjo Ziberna, Jenny ? , Anica Cinc (Kregar)

Historical information

Social gathering of Slovenians at Slovenian Association picnic at Silvan early 1960s

Significance

Slovenians gathering at a picnic

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.

Camp Latina, workers, photo - Camp Latina, workers, Pero - Istria, R Koloini, M Krsevan, F Savle, A Mrak

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Video and DVD - Footage of Slovenian migrants in 1956 in Australia

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

120 minute video cassette in colour depicting migrant ships arriving to Port Melbourne in 1956 and short clips of the Melbourne Olympic Games. Also includes footage of train journey to Bonegilla camp and camp housing facility.

Historical information

- Migrant ships arriving into Port Melbourne in 1956. Migrants boarding the train to Bonegilla camp and resettling in Victoria. - Section on Olympic Games in Melbourne was filmed by Father Basil Valentin OFM who was the Chaplain of the American Olympic team. -Also showed extracts of Moomba festival in 1957. - Slovenian settling on Australian farms and weddings of members of the Slovenian community

Significance

This video shows the magnitude of migrants who arrived in Australia in 1956 by ships mainly from Italian ports from Genoa, Trieste and Naples. It shows the settling of migrants into camps and depicts their everyday life including education and recreation and assimilation into Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

0002

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

St Nicholas with Slovenian children and angels - St Nicholas - sv. Miklavž with children and angles in 1959

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of St Nicholas with Slovenian children (and adults) held every year in first week of December. He was accompanied by the angels and devils.

Historical information

When St Nicholas visits every year, the angels help him to give presents to the good children and the naughty are taken and frightened by the red-clothed devils with chains. Slovenians all over the world keep this tradition.

Significance

A special tradition, adapted in every nations to their need and possibiliets

Inscriptions & Markings

Traditional Slovenian customs celebrated every year

Anica - relatives photo

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo - Kew - Slavko Kregar

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo

Historical information

On an outing

Significance

Photo taken after Sunday Mass

Maths note book - M. Bole: Maths note book, 1922

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Note book

Inscriptions & Markings

Marcelina Gec

Crochet collar - Neva Roeder-Bole, Crochet collar

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Crochet round collar

invitation - SAM 30th Anniversary program 1984

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

white red and blue folded flayer

painting - Marcela Bole - forest 1925

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

pink embroidery and netting - Marcela Bole pink embroidery from school years

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Light blue fine linen table cloth with a circle of pink embroidery and netting

Historical information

Marcela was in a convent school in Tomaj, Slovenia, where the nuns - the teachers encouraged the girls to learn embroidery and other crafts to start the dowry.

Significance

Every girl tried to prepare the linen for the dowry. Marcela had great teachers and mentors in the craft.

Vestnik page 1973 - Page from Vestnik showing the drawing of the new centre 1973

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Page from Vestnik depicting the drawing of the new centre.