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 River’s mission near Darwin. (click here)

          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’. 




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.

In 1928, more than 200 Slovaks, mainly men, arrived in Australia on the vessel, Kholn. Some moved on to Adelaide, but most settled in either Melbourne or Sydney. 

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 Sydney.

Slovak Community organizations, associations, newspapers and churches have been formed and widely supported since the 1940s. 




(Click here for detailed history).