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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

location
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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Camp Latina, photo - Slovenians in camp Latina, 1960

Key words

slovenians in latina
slovenian association melbourne

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Monument - Monument - In Memory - Slovenian Association Melbourne

Key words

slovenian association melbourne
monument

Monument to the deceased members at the Slovenian Association Melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

drawing - Marcela Bole - drawing cherries 1923

Key words

marcela bole
cherries
drawing
slovenian association melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Colour drawing - Neva Roeder-Bole, colour drawing of carnations

Colour drawing of stylised carnation, influenced by folk art. Motif is for embroidery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Neva Bole, 3B

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Invitation - Invitation to the Boxing Day Cultural performance in 1960

Key words

invitation
cultural performance

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Camp Latina - Slovenian girls, camp Latina, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Crochet border - Neva Roeder-Bole, Crochet border

A crochet border of a small lace doily.

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Black and white photo of the opening ceremony - Cultural program at the opening of the Slovenski Dom ceremony

Key words

slovenski dom opening
slovenian centre in carlton
slovenian songs
slovenian national costumes

Ladies singing at the cultural program celebrating the opening of the Slovenski Dom in Carlton in 1960. The performers were dressed in Slovenian national costumes

Historical information

Slovenian waited a long time to have the opportunity to purchase a building for their Slovenski Dom. Many hours of asking, collecting donations, organising fundraising paid off, and they could not be more proud of their achievement.

Significance

A very important day

Inscriptions & Markings

The opening of the Slovenian centre in Carlton 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Invitation to the May Dance 1956 - Invitation to the May Evening Dance - Majski večer in 1956

Key words

slovenian may evening dance
prahran town hall slovenian dance
slovenian club melbourne

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Confirmation, St Vid, Podnanos, photo - Confirmation, St Vid, Podnanos

Key words

confirmation markic children

Black and white photo

Historical information

1st post war confirmation ( St. Vid ) Podnanos, Markic children

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Port Melbourne, photo - Port Melbourne, Mirko Cuderman, Lojze Markic, Joze Zuzek

Key words

port melbourne
immigration

Black and white photo

Historical information

Outing

Significance

Exploring Melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of children's races - Children participating in races at the Slovenian picnic at Wandin East 1959

Key words

slovenian picnic
wandin east

Black and white photo of Slovenian children playing games and competing at the Slovenian picnic in Wandin East in 1959. The picnics were organised by the Slovenian Club Melbourne on Easter Mondays and Boxing Day.

Inscriptions & Markings

The large attendance of Slovenian children

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo of the trophy - Perpetual trophy of the Hunters group

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trophy
hunter group
slovenian association melbourne

Colour photo of the presentation of the Perpetual Trophy to the hunters of Slovenian Association Melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Camp Latina, photo - Camp Latina, in the back quarters for singles, 1960

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Ready - Slovenians ready to go to Australia, Sept 1960

Key words

immigration

Black and white photo

Historical information

Slovenians on the move to a new country

Significance

Moving on

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

M and M Cimerman, and Anica - Matija and Marija Cimerman, and Anica

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo - Kew - Slavko Kregar

Black and white photo

Historical information

On an outing

Significance

Photo taken after Sunday Mass

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Exhibition panel - Immigration Museum Exhibition panel: A New Beginning

Exhibition panel of the Slovenian Exhibition at the Melbourne Immigration Museum

Inscriptions & Markings

A New Beginning V novo bodocnost (in Slovenian)

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo - Childrens' playground at Slovenian Association Melbourne

Key words

slovenian association melbourne
children's playground

Colour photo of childrens' playground at the Slovenian Association melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Miss Slovenian Community Trophy 1985

Key words

trophy
miss slovenian community 1985
angelique van de laak

Miss Slovenian Community 1985 gold plated trophy

Historical information

Every Miss Community winner received a trophy with the inscription of the year and the Association presenting

Significance

Trophies were kept by the entrant - winner as a memento of the year entered the quest and the winning title.

Inscriptions & Markings

1985, Miss Slovenian Community Slovenian Association Melbourne

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Key words

slovenian association melbourne
carved wooden plate
slovenian folk art
wooden cradle

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Camp Latina photo - Camp latina, 1960, L Markic, Rikarda Koloini and I Mihelj.

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo - Family Bole, 1956, Pascoe Vale

Key words

slovenian family bole
slovenian association melbourne

Photo of family Bole in 1956, first year in Australia, Pascoe Vale, living with family Zavadlal

Historical information

First year in Australia

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Slovenians at Royal Melbourne Show 1959 - Slovenians in national costumes at the Royal melbourne Show in 1959

Key words

slovenian national costume
slovenian crafts
lake bled
royal melbourne show

Slovenian couple dressed in Slovenian national costume of Gorenjska region at the Royal Melbourne Show in 1959. The painting shows the tourist attraction Lake Bled and many traditional items of craft were placed in the exhibition as well. The man in the photo is Leopold Jalk.

Historical information

The Slovenians enjoyed participation at the Royal Melbourne Show 1959 where they could showcase the Slovenian traditions, arts and crafts, and at times,culinary goodies as well.

Significance

Traditional Slovenian crafts, national costume and the tourism jewel Lake Bled

Inscriptions & Markings

Couple dressed in Slovenian national costume, painting of Lake Bled and Slovenian traditional crafts

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Pink embroidery - Neva Roeder-Bole pink embroidery

Pink embroidery on white linen and pink applique

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

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

Key words

migration
resettlement
bonegilla
slovenians
ships
olympics 1956

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Exhibition panel - Immigration Museum Exhibition Title panel

Immigration Museum Exhibition panel

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research

Photo - Silvester Bole in Italian army uniform, fought the Mussolini War in Ethiopia, 1933

Key words

slovenian men in italian army
slovenia under italy
ethiopia
slovenian association melbourne
wwii

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.

Slovenian Association Melbourne, Research