SLOVENIAN CLUB PERTH
SOCIAL LIFE AT THE SLOVENIAN CLUB PERTH
The Slovenian Club Perth organised monthly dances and have in early years rented the Ukranian Hall at Leederville, sometimes Estonian hall at Bayswater. Apart from the dances, the Club has organised celebrations of typical Slovenian traditions such as St Nicholas – Miklavževanje, Easter egg feast – Pirhovanje; Shrove Tuesday festival – Pustovanje and at least twice a year a picnic in the outdoors . The Federal parliamnet Grant money received was used for the purchase of the TV and DVD player, which enabled the Slovenians to view Slovenian films at the Club premises.
In the first hall many visitors from Slovenia were welcomed: ensemble Otavijo Brajko, Planšarji, ensemble Henček, Ljubljanski oktet as well as the then Archbishop of Ljubljana Dr Alojzij Šuštar.
Two presidents of Slovenska izseljenska matica visited the Club in Perth: Stane Kolman and Matjaž Jančar.
SPORTS - BOWLING
In the courtyard of the new place there were bowling alleys and in Summer every Sunday there were bowlers having friendly competitions. In winter the bowling competitions were held on the carpet in the hall.
CULTURAL LIFE AT SLOVENIAN CLUB PERTH
The Slovenian Club Perth had monthly Newsletter NOVICE.
LOJZETOV KONJIČEK, an Information and literaure newsletter, was first published in 1987. The premises were used for the Slovenian language school as well. A small grant was awarded to the school by the Australian Federal Government.
TEACHERS OF THE SLOVENIAN SCHOOL PERTH
Dr Bogdan Pušenjak 1983–1985
Sonja Davalos 1983
Darinka Primc 1985–1986
Cultural animators and folk dancing teachers:
Zlatka Geson 1983–1986
Danica Plej 1983–1986
Dr Bogdan Pušenjak established Slovenian school in Slovenian Club Perth and taught from 1983-1985. He wrote a text book for learning Slovenian language, aimed at the Slovenian youth, who needed to learn practical words and expressions.
More information about each teacher of the Slovenian Language School, the school’s curriculum, children’s work, and many more photographs can be found in the book by Draga Gelt: Chronicle of Slovenian Schools and Slovenian Language Teachers in Australia pp. 639-648, available as well online from the NUK (National University Library in Ljubljana), Digital Library of Slovenia: http://www.dlib.si/results/?query=%27keywords%3d257912832%27&pageSize=25
A Slovenian choir was active for many years in Perth, performing Slovenian songs since 1982. The Choir was led by Mary Stockbauer. The Choir had up to 14 members.
SLOVENIAN BANDS of the Slovenian Community in Perth:
- Polka Kings– the leader Jože Bezgovšek. Band was established in the late 1970s and was of mixed nationalities.
- The Adriatics – the leader Milan Bevk
- Oberkreiner – the leader John Križman (now in Slovenia)
- Slovenian Echoes
SLOVENIAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM on RADIO 6EBA Perth
The Slovenian radio programs were every Friday evening at 7.30 in years 1985 until the year 2000. The Slovenian Club Perth has financially assisted the radio programs. The first announcers were Fred Milner and Franc Vrabelj. In later years the following presenters were active on the radio: Franc Vrabelj, Božo Hladin, Ivanka Cirej, Anka Furlan, Vili Fras, Tone Resnik, Sandra Holvet, Frank Zakšek and the last were Ladka Strle and Ana Peklar.
SLOVENIANS IN PERTH FOR THE SLOVENIAN INDEPENDENCE in 1991
Slovenian community in Perth was active during the time of the war in Slovenia. They had staged demonstrations and later celebrations when the war ended, especially when Australia had recognised the new country Slovenia.
Club newsletter KLUBSKE NOVICE
Information and literature newsletter