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Croatians in South Australia: Community and Identity

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by Annette Vandersluis (subscribe)
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One of the wonderful things I love about being Australian is our ability to welcome others from all walks of life regardless of colour, race, religion or nationality. This has brought a depth to Australian culture that would never have been without this integration and many of us forget that those experiences, which we now call part of our culture, did actually originate from another part of the world, many years ago. Let's not forget that migration has been a very large part of Australian culture from the beginning of time with Aboriginal people thought to have migrated to the north-west coast of Australia between 65,000 and 40,000 years ago.

While I love to travel all over the world and immerse myself in different cultures as part of that, I also love that this richness exists right here at home.

Croatia has long been a source of migrants to Australia, with Croatians first becoming noticeable in Australia in the 1850s during the Victorian gold rush. However, Croatian migration increased during the 1960s and 1970s.

Photo: Migration Museum

The Migration Museum, located on Kintore Avenue, Adelaide is hosting a temporary exhibition titled Croatians in South Australia: Community and Identity from Friday 23 March to Friday 31 August 2018.

Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, the exhibition includes a range of items contributed by the Croatian community from around South Australia, along with images that all come together to tell this important story.

The exhibition demonstrates how Croatians have worked to create networks of friendship and solidarity, shared their culture and language and contributed to South Australia through volunteering and civic action.

Croatians are proud about sport and the exhibition shows how Croatian soccer teams contributed to the very strong sporting culture we enjoy today.

The exhibition highlights their contribution to multiculturalism through goodwill, negotiation, compromise and perseverance and speaks loudly to new immigrants.

Entry is free and it is well worth a visit to discover the beauty of a new culture. While you are there, why not also visit Sym Choon: Changing Fortunes in White Australia, which is also at the Museum through to Sunday 22 July 2018.

The Migration Museum is a short stroll from the Adelaide CBD, just head down the hill along Kintore Avenue from North Terrace. The Adelaide Train Station and North Terrace tram stop are an 8-minute walk along North Terrace. To plan your journey by public transport, please see Adelaide Metro. On street parking is available along Kintore Avenue and Victoria Drive, however, this is paid and metered.
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Why? Learn about Australian multiculturalism
When: Friday 23 March to Friday 31 August 2018
Phone: 8207 7580
Where: Migration Museum, 82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide
Cost: Free
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