SVEČANOST OB ANZAC DNEVU
25. APRIL 2016,
Foto Florjan Auser
Aunty Wendy Morgan
Mr Ken Chapman
Nick Lalić MP, State Member for Cabramatta
John Dean, Vice president &
Tresurer of Mounties Group
Chris Hayes MP, Federal Member for Fowler
Father Darko Žnidaršič OFM
Guy Zangari, State Member for Faorfield
Seargeant Gary Brown
Izredno uspešna prireditev Kluba Triglav
dance with us!
Anthology of Slovenian
Australian Musicians, avtorice Katarine Vrisk s
predstavitvijo Kuclerjeve harmonike in njene zgodovine
Photo: Florjan Auser
Peter Krope, predsednik odbora Kluba Triglav je predstavil zgodovino folklore v klubu in najavil celotno prireditev
Sonja Blaskovič, Mary Ostric vodja folklornih skupin in šivilja folklornih noš, Marko Krope, Erna Nikolič, dolgoletna učiteljica folklorne skupine Triglav in Peter Krope
Plesalci folklornih skupin
Branko Fabjančič je v imenu mladih po srcu, govoril o zgodovini in madih letih kluba Triglav, povprašal pa je vse prisotne tudi o bodočnosti
Branko Fabjančič, član odbora Kluba Triglav
Anthology of Slovenian Australian Musicians
Katarina Vrisk je predstavila občinstvu knjigo Antologija slovensko avstralskih glasbenikov
Predstavitev knjige Katarine Vrisk
Hello/dober dan everyone, my name is Katarina Vrisk. I am the author of Anthology of Slovenian Australian Musicians/Antologija Slovensko-Avstralskih Glasbenikov. Thank you for coming along today to celebrate the reunion of the folk dance groups and launch of this book and to celebrate the amazing musicians in our Slovenian Australian community. I am so very happy to be here.
The main reason I wrote this book was to document my father’s story. Anton Vrisk was initially a self-taught musician and played in a band in a migrant camp in Asten, Austria in the mid to late 1950s. When he came to Australia, he had some lessons with a Polish music teacher who asked him to play with his jazz band. Not having a car made it difficult and he soon had to give it away. He was coaxed into joining a band ‘Slovenski Fantje’ ‘Slovenian Boys’ in 1971 by accordionist Ivan Hace. They played one gig – the first New Year’s Eve dance for the new Slovenian club Planica. People danced so much that in one section of the dance floor, the floorboard broke! That night was the start of another 30 years involved in music.
A project as big as this and produced to this quality involves a great deal of finances. I could not have produced this without the generous assistance of my sponsors. I would like to sincerely thank the following organisations and individuals for their recognition of the importance of this work and their financial support:
Minister Gorazd Žmavc from the Ministry for Slovenians Abroad in the government of the Republic of Slovenia
The Slovenian Catholic Mission Sts Ciril and Methodius in Kew, Melbourne
The Council of Slovenian Organisations of Victoria
Historical Archives for Slovenian Australians (HASA NSW)
Slovenian Media House
Alfred and Mrs Jeni Brežnik
Mr Frank and Mrs Greta Prosenik
Ms Marija Anžič
I deliberately left one sponsor out because I’d like their President, Mr Kevin Ingram and President of the Triglav Advisory Board Peter Krope to come forward. As they are making their way here, I would like to thank them for providing this lovely venue today for the Anthology book launch and folk dancers reunion.
In appreciation of the belief and significant financial support that Triglav Mounties Club have had in my project, I would like to present a signed copy of my book Anthology of Slovenian Australian Musicians, and a set of 2 CDs on which there are 70 recordings of artists from within the book. Please accept this as a token of my appreciation and proof that I actually finished it!
Now, I’d like to call up Florjan Auser from Slovenian Media House. Florjan took the project on after my graphic designer of three years, Sarah Woods could no longer work on the project from January 2015. After sleepless nights and tears worrying about how I was going to finish, I found Florjan which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Florjan brought more stories to light from his knowledge of the NSW and QLD communities. He worked above and beyond the call of duty to help me complete the final edits to bring the Anthology to its conclusion, and used his own photographic library freely. I have much gratitude for you sharing the same passion for documenting this history of Slovenian Australians and I thank you for sharing your knowledge which helped to make this even more comprehensive. Please accept this signed book and a set of CDs for your hard work. Najlepša hvala!
Now I would like to call upon Martha Magajna from HASA NSW. There is a wealth of knowledge here in Sydney, carefully documented and organised by a dedicated team of volunteers. They produced a book called ‘Fruits of our Slovenian Heritage’ ‘Sadovi Slovenske Dediščine’ which was a great start for knowing what choirs and bands existed here in NSW. I used that book extensively and I thank Olga Lah for giving me permission to use extracts from the book. I also approached the members of HASA NSW to help with more detail about those stories and additional photos to compliment these. In particular, I want to thank Marija Grosman and Martha Magajna. Martha is a tireless worker for this community. She has a vast knowledge of people and events. This was shown in her very detailed work on the story about the Triglav Choir. In appreciation for the work of HASA NSW and its President, Martha Magajna, I would like to present a copy of Anthology and a set of CDs for their archives so that future generations can read about all the wonderful people and groups that were around from the 1960s.
While researching stories from here, it became apparent that there was a rich, cultural history to untap. Stories came to light such as young lady Katelin Koprivec who has won many awards in the Sydney Eisteddfod; Othon Mestnik, who originally lived in Melbourne then moved to Sydney and found the love of his life. He performed in a professional production of Kismet in 1955, even though he could not speak a word of English; Rebecca Keen inspires tomorrow’s generation in her work as a primary teacher; Vivien Boosz-Falež who studied Voice with an esteemed singing teacher in Paris and sang in many productions with the Rockdale Opera Company; many other names including: Kara Stariha, Martin Konda, Nicholas Kobal, Oskar Urbas, Rudi Črnčec, Miriam Stariha and Sue Zec, Simon and Mateja Koštrica, Southern Stars, Vocal Quartet Planica, Flute Quartet, Rafko Lavter, Slovenian Choirs in Canberra, Wollongong, St Raphael Merrylands, Škrjančki with Ludvik Klakočer, Zarja, Nove Steze, Zlati Glas, Rožmarin pod juznem soncem, Slovenska Kmečka Godba, The Altar Boys, Mavrica, Svetla Zvedza, Silver Strings, Ensemble and Quartet Šernek, Krystal, Alpine Echoes, Vlado Kunstelj and The Masters, Cheap Expense, Planica, Ensemble Lipa, Happy Gorenjci, Psycho Zydeco, Black Baron, Božidar Kos, David Jakša, Frank Bresnik, Pavla Gruden and Vesna Hateźič.
In addition to the stories, there are 5 special features in the book including the Slovenian youth concerts and the extremely successful 1972 Australian tour of the Lojze Slak Ensemble and Fantje iz Praprotna. The first special feature between chapters 1 and 2 is about the beloved instrument, the accordion. I wrote this very early on and had it checked over by Lenti Lenko for all the technical information and I thought that was it. As we were working through editing the pages, Florjan told me about an incredible story to do with the first accordion makers in Slovenia and the Australian connection. I was totally surprised and immediately thought that I need this story in the book. I won’t say much more about it but I’d like to introduce the next speaker, Mr Alfred Brežnik, who will tell you more of this incredible story.
Katarina Vrisk predaja knjigo Kevinu Ingramu, predsedniku Mounties Group, sponzorju Antologije
Martha Magajna je v imenu HASA NSW, prejela knjigo v znak zahvale za sodelovanje pri projektu
Prisrčen stisk rok avtorice knjige in Jeni Brežnik, hčerke pokojnega Toneta Kuclerja, iz družine prvih izdelovalcev
harmonik na slovenskih tleh
Alfred Brežnik AM, je predstavil zgodovino harmonike in tragedijo družine Kucler.
Distinguished guests - my dear friends!
Firstly allow me to congratulate the management of the Triglav – Mounties Club for organizing today's event. Actually, to be correct, there are two events with a very important historic connotation. The Reunion of the Folklore dancers – that is, members of the many dancing groups that existed and were performing throughout many decades in our community. And, the Sydney launching of the book: 'Anthology of Slovenian Australian Musicians' by Katarina Vrisk. Both are an expression of Slovenian culture in this country and are important for the preservation of the heritage of our community.
The Anthology, a mammoth project indeed, is the result of 6 ½ years and thousands of hours of research and effort by the author, along with a team of helpers and contributors. The final product has 7 chapters, 5 'Special Features' and a comprehensive introductory section. It is an historical document to highlight the achievements and give recognition to the hundreds of people within the pages – to quote the author.
And for this, the author, deserves the highest recognition - CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU KATARINA! Great job!
Some of you may wonder what have I got to do with this project. To my and my family's surprise, a special feature section of the book describes the history of Kucler accordions. The Kucler family came from a tiny village called Drenov grič near Vrhnika in Slovenia, where in mid-1860, Ivan Kucler first started manufacturing accordions.
According to an article in the daily newspaper 'Jutro' dated 7. July 1927, Ivan Kucler was in fact the first accordion maker in Jugoslavia, of which Slovenia was then part. Ivan passed his accordion making craft to his son Franc, who in turn passed his skills to the next generation of Kucler brothers, Polde and Tone. The second generation, under Franc Kucler, developed the business to such a degree that it employed up to 10 workers. The quality and particular sound of Kucler accordions made them popular and in high demand. Besides selling in Slovenia, orders were received from Austria, Germany, France and even the USA. Generations of the Kucler family were also well known musicians and accordion players performing all over the region.
The Kucler legacy as accordion manufacturers continues today. The Železnik brothers from Vrhnika, who learnt their craft at the Kucler workshop, can trace their influence to today's manufacturers, including Ruter and others.
There is however a tragic part to the Kucler story. During WWII, the occupying forces punished the Kucler family harshly for their patriotic resistance. On 26 August, 1942, accused of supporting the resistance, occupying forces burnt the Kucler home and accordion factory. They shot Franc and took Antonija, his wife, as hostage to Ljubljana, where she was also executed. Even more tragically, all five Kucler sons Anton, Polde, Franc, Stanko and Sandi died fighting the occupying forces. This brought to an end the tradition of Kucler accordion manufacturing and performances.
You may still be asking why am I telling you this story? Well, firstly because I have been asked by Katarina and secondly because my dear wife Jeni is the daughter of Anton (Tone) Kucler, one of the five sons killed in action during the war. She is also the granddaughter of Franc Kucler, under whom the business grew and expanded most. In its time, the Kucler factory produced traditional button or diatonic accordions, as well as chromatic and piano accordions. Our family is in possession of four original Kucler accordions that survived the war years, one of which, a diatonic, is proudly on display. To appreciate its quality and sound, our son and Tone's grandson Mark will play it for you.
May I use this opportunity and thank the author Katarina Vrisk for the inclusion of the Kucler story in the book as well as Florijan Auser for his outstanding research on the Kucler family history.
Thank you for listening.
Govor Alfreda Brežnika AM
Jeni Brežnik, Peter Krope in Mark Brežnik, vnuk pokojnega Kuclerja
Mark Brežnik, lastnik družinske harmonike, je s ponosom zaigral na eno od najstarejših slovenskih harmonik
Mark Brežnik je zaigral na Kuclerjevo harmoniko
Kuclerjeva harmonika v rokah Rudija Črnčca, strokovnjaka na diatoničnih harmonikah, Rudijev komentar na ta biser pa je bil, da je "mladenka pri svojih 90 letih" izreden instrument s posebnim tonom, ki ga dosedaj še ni srečal v svoji karieri
Mark Brežnik, Henry Stariha, Rudi Črnčec in Mark Stariha, vsi so si z občudovanjem
ogledovali in preizkušali Kuclerjevo harmoniko, do tega dne skoraj nepoznano zgodovino slovenske harmonike
Štefan Šernek, vodja ansambla Alpski odmevi, Mark Brežnik,
glasbenik Paul, Katarina Vrisk in Florjan Auser na mizi spredaj Kuclerjeva harmonika
Tanja Smrdel, urednica slovenskih oddaj na radiu SBS in Katarina Vrisk
Rudi Črnčec, Martha Magajna, Katarina Vrisk in vodja ansambla The Masters Vlado
Glasbeniki so si izmenjevali izkušnje preteklih let.
Folkloric reunion and book launch at
Triglav club in Sydney
Lenti lenko & Peter Krope on SBS Radio
dance with us!
20. marca 2016 ob 13 uri
Klub Triglav Mounties vabi člane
folklornih skupin Triglava in
na veselo srečanje.
povežimo sedanjost z bogato preteklostjo!
Srečanje bomo popestrili s
predstavitvijo knjige avtorice
Athology of Slovenian
Australian Musicians in predstavili harmoniko
prvega slovenskega izdelovalca harmonik Toneta Kuclerja.
Jason Woods - General Manager Western Site Community Clubs
Walter Suber - Triglav Advisory Member
Silvo Pahor - Triglav Advisory Member
Peter Krope - President Triglav Sub Committee
Louis Magajna - Triglav Advisory Member
Greg Pickering - CEO Mounties Group
Branko Fabjancic - Triglav Advisory Member
John Rapinette - Triglav Advisory Member
BALINARSKO TEKMOVANJE ZA PREŠERNOV POKAL V SLOVENSKEM DRUŠTVU SYDNEY NEDELJA, 31 JANUARJA 2016 (tekst in photos Martha Magajna)
Dan kasneje po Balinarskem občnem zboru smo se balinarji Triglava množično udeležili Medklubskega tekmovanja za Prešernov pokal pri Slovenskem društvu Sydney. Poleg nas in domačih balinarjev Slovenskega Društva so se tekmovanja udeležili tudi rojaki iz Planice Wollongong in Slovensko-avstralskega Društva iz Canberre.
Tekmovalci iz štirih slovenskih klubov
Tekmovanje se je pričelo že ob 8h zjutraj, vreme je bilo za spremembo prijazno – brez nalivov ali strašne vročine, kar smo izmenoma doživljali v preteklih tednih . Delavna skupina SD Sydney nam je pripravila odlično domače kosilo z dunajskimi zrezki, kranjskimi klobasami, praženim krompirjem in kislim zeljem. Čeprav se je zbralo kar 40 tekmovalcev, je tekmovanje poteklo urejeno in ob pravem času, tako, da smo odigrali finalno tekmo med štirimi najboljimi moštvi že kar proti koncu popoldneva, nakar so nas povabili v dvorano k podelitvi nagrad in k večerji s hladnim narezkom.
Tekmovanje so vodili: Slavko Prinčič, predsednik Balinarske Sekcije SDS in Martha in Lojze Magajna in Jessica Kukovec iz kluba Triglav,kar ni nič čudnega, saj smo po večini člani obeh slovenskih klubov v Sydneyu.
Prvo mesto so dobili Tone Markočič Slavko Prinčič in Maria Komel
Vse štiri zmagovalne ekipe
Dva predsednika Štefan Šernek SDS in Peter Krope Triglav Mounties
BALINARSKO TEKMOVANJE ZA POKAL DNEVA AUSTRALIJE IN
LETNI OBČNI ZBOR BALINARSKE SEKCIJE TRIGLAVA
30. JANUARJA 2016
Vsako leto, ob času, ko praznujemo Dan Avstralije, imamo balinarji Kluba Triglav tekmovanje za Pokal Dneva Australije, po kočanem tekmovanju pa še redni letni občni zbor, ko izberemo odbor , ki bo vodil balinarje skozi naslednje leto.
Pokal Australija dneva sta si priborila Marica Furlan in Peter Licul. Drugo mesto sta zavzela Toni Uršič in Albin Sedmak..
Letni občni zbor Balinarske sekcije Triglava po končanem tekmovanju je bil sorazmerno kratek, saj so bili vsi člani enoglasno zadovoljni s potekom tekmovanj, ki se odvijajo dvakrat tedensko. Enako so tudi zadovoljni z denarnimi nagradami, ki ji redno prispeva uprava kluba in tudi z skupnimi večerjami, s katerimi nam postrežejo ob končanem tekmovanju ob sobotah. Ker že vse tako dobro poteka, so člani pohvalili tudi delo starega odbora balinarjev in enoglasno sklenili, naj se mandat vsem podaljša še za naslednje leto.
Odbor Balinarjev sestavljajo: Tone Uršič, predsednik, Emilijan Kukovec podpredsednik, , Martha Magajna tajnica –manager, Dora Hrvatin, pomočnica managerja, Lojze Magajna, tehnični vodja in trener in še dodatno Jessica Kukovec, pomočnica tajnici..
Balinarski odbor Triglava
Martha Magajna je praznovala
77 rojstni dan
Na dan Avstralije 26. januarja je Martha Magajna v krogu prijateljev praznovala svoj 77 rojstni dan.
Iskrene čestitke in še na mnoga leta, draga Martha!
Martha Magajna z možem Lojzetom
msgr. Staneta Zoreta OFM
Sobota, 23. Januarja.16
V veliko veselje nam je bilo, da je gospod nadškof Stanislav Zore lahko ponovno obiskal naš klub Triglav- prvič, odkar je postal nadškof.
Z njim smo se srečali že ob njegovih prejšnjih obiskih, saj je že večkrat obiskal Avstralijo. Na žalost je bil njegov obisk v Sydneyu časovno omejen in ni bilo dovolj časa, da bi obvestli člane, da bi se lahko srečali z njim, ko je prišel v soboto zvečer v klub na večerjo.
Pater Darko Žnidaršič OFM, Franc Zore, Martha Magajna, nadškof msgr. Stane Zore OFM, Lojze Magajna, Irena Auser Jernej
Nadškof msgr Stane Zore OFM in Peter Krope predsednik odbora Triglav, pred Cankarjevim spomenikom
Martha Magajna, Peter Krope,
nadškof msgr Stane Zore OFM in Ivica Krope