SLOVAK HISTORY IN SA:
The first documented
Slovak who landed in South Australia was the missionary Jakub Longa.
He landed in Adelaide in 1888 and from there was sent to the Daly
Rivers mission near Darwin.
Majority of the Slovaks living in South Australia have arrived in 4 waves, which reflect the major events in Slovak history: 1948 1951, 1968 1971, 1979 1989 and post 1990. Some arrived by ship, such as this one called Skagum (Click here). Nowadays, there are over 200 Slovak families living in S.A. The majority of Slovaks who came to Australia were educated professionals and skilled workers. Many of them became successful small business people, many succeeded in their field of education, technology and art.
Like other ethnic groups, The Slovaks in Adelaide established their first organisation in 1950. It was The Slovak Catholic Association. However this first organisation was short lived and lasted only 7 months. The second Slovak organisation established in Adelaide was the Soccer Football Club Slovakia in 1951. It started in the third division and by 1953 succeeded to the second division and also won The Gregory Cup in 1953.(Read more about Soccer Football Club "here") . Slovak sportsmen also participated in Australian national teams such as the Australian ice hockey.
The Slovak Social Club of SA was
founded in 1963. It was
reconstituted in 1976 as The Slovak Club of South Australia.
SLOVAK ARRIVAL and SETTLEMENT
One of the first Slovak
settlers in Australia was a Jesuit missionary Brother Jakub Longa (1856-1937),
who spent 12 years from 1888 living with the Aborigines at the Daly River
mission in the Northern Territory. However, it was to be many years before
migration was to occur on a large scale.
After the Second World War, as with many other communities, many Slovaks migrated to Australia as Displaced Persons. According to The Australian People, edited by James Jupp, approximately 2,500 Slovak refugees arrived at this time.
In 1968, after the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies, the third wave of Slovaks arrived in Australia.
Approximately 12,000 Slovaks
are living in Australia. Just over 6,000 of these people have come from
the former Yugoslavia. The largest Slovak communities are in Melbourne and
(Click here for detailed history).