Slovenian Association Geelong


The Australian Slovenian Cultural and Sports Association Ivan Cankar was established in November 1955.

Presidents and Honorary Members

Formulation Committee and Implementation Committee

Foundation Members and Trustees

The beginning was very hard and many of the first meetings were held in garages and in some private homes. At times, for larger gatherings, they hired some available halls. At the Geelong club, the first Slovenian choir in Australia became active.

In 1975 a club hall was bult by voluntary members. In 1984 the bocce bowling alleys were added.


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Presidents Geelong

PHonorary Members Geelong

Formulation Committee
Foundation Members and Trustees

In 1955, the Slovenian Zveza Ivan Cankar was formed, later renamed the Slovenian Cultural Sports Association Ivan Cankar Inc., starting with social gatherings.

  • The small and dynamic community has purchased land, but were not given the permit by the Council and the land was sold.
  • The second Slovenian Choir in Australia was formed.
  • In 1968 the club bought land and built a shed with bocce alleys alongside. Slovenians gathered there every Sunday.
  • The club established a Slovenian language school in 1974.
  • Building commenced on the hall in 1975. The first event staged in the completed hall was a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Slovenian writer, Ivan Cankar. The club staged its first cultural program.
  • Since its extension, the hall has hosted performances by various artists from Slovenia.
  • A six lane under-cover bocce alley was built adjoining the extended hall.
  • There is a hunters hut, library and a multi-purpose billiard room in the sports annex.
  • The association has staged many short comedies and appeared at other associations as well as the Slovenian religious centre in Melbourne.
  • The association has exhibited many handcrafts and flower arrangements.
  • A folkdancing group has been established and active for many years.

Social Life
Cultural Life
Slovenian Language School
Multicultural involvement
Sporting Life
Museum, Archive and the Exhibitions


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Building of the Premises

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