October 2007 - The Estonian Society of
Sydney "Eesti Kodu Linda" is celebrating its 80th anniversary.
To commemorate the occasion, the Archives presents an overview of the activities
of the Society including folk dancing, choirs, theatre, concerts, balls, fundraising,
language classes and publication of the newspaper "Meie Kodu".
Balls and concerts were very popular before World War II
Estonian language theatre was flourishing before WW III
Extended until July 2008 - Exhibition at the
Powerhouse Museum, Harris St, Ultimo
Stories of invasion, dispossession, and settling
in a new home, told by the Estonian migrants who came here as displaced persons
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The Powerhouse Museum and the NSW Migration Heritage Centre thanks the Estonian community in Sydney for their generous cooperation and assistance. In particular, the Estonian Archives in Australia and the Thirlmere community.
A joint exhibition of the NSW Migration Heritage Centre and Powerhouse Museum in partnership with the Wollondilly Heritage Centre.
You can also visit Our New Home at the
Australian Communities Gallery, Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
Image: Lorraine Alp pictured with fruit from the family
orchard at Thirlmere, NSW, where many Estonian families settled. Courtesy
Wollondilly Heritage Centre and the Alp family
Crown copyright 2006 © NSW Migration Heritage Centre
January 2007 - Eesti laste raamatud",
a nostalgic look at our childhood. Everyone who loves books remembers books from
their childhood, the books your parents read to you, the books you read yourself,
the book you longed to own. This exhibition of children's books covers the classics
of Estonian children's literature, the primers and children's books published in the
early refugee years. Much discussion preceeded this exhibition as everyone had a
favourite book that they were sure had to be included. The EAA holds a substantial
collection of childrens books and primers from the 1920s to the present day.
A much loved book "Kadakas"
February 2006 - “Eesti sõõgid, Eesti joogid,” “Estonian Foods, Estonian drinks” an exhibition about the eating and drinking habits of Estonians from peasant foods to fine dining. We all remember the food that our mothers cooked but where did she get her recipes from? Estonians ate what they grew, collected or hunted. Old books and magazines show how the housewives were encouraged to provide healthier meals and to improve the presentation of food. Many recipes have been translated into other languages enabling us to enjoy Estonian style food anywhere in the world.
February 2005 - "Kalevipoeg". The Archive holds many
editions of the heroic epic "Kalevipoeg", in Estonian and English, and several
books showing artworks based on the Kalevipoeg theme.
Many famous Estonian artists have illustrated various editions
This exhibition allows the viewer to compare the old and the
modern editions and various artist's interpretations of the theme.
The themes and symbolism of "Kalevipoeg" have been
used in art, literature and advertising.
December 2004 - January 2005 - "Happily Australian but
Estonian Too", ACT Heritage Library, Woden Library cnr Corinna and Furzer Sts Phillip.
An additional panel has been created and the displays have been reworked to reflect the
activities of the small Estonian Community in Canberra. On show are photographs showing
the living conditions of the early migrants and the building of Canberra as well as newspaper
clippings and artefacts showing the contribution of the Estonians to the general cultural
and political life in Canberra.
May 2004 - June 2004 - "Happily Australian but
Estonian Too", the exhibition is open in the Estonian House Sydney. The
displays have been reworked to reflect the activities of the Estonian Community
in Sydney. The exhibition opening was held together with the launch of the newly
redesigned webpage for the Estonians in Australia.
December 2003 - February 2004 - "Happily Australian
but Estonian Too". Migration Museum, Kintore Ave, Adelaide, South Australia. An
exhibition reflecting the lives of Estonians in Australia from the late 1880s to the
present day. This exhibition is part of the XX Estonian Festival in Australia.
The first Estonians arrived in Australia in the mid 1800s.
A large migration, mainly to the eastern states took place in the mid 1920s and
the greatest migration came after World War II. This exhibition looks at three
generations of Estonian Australians or Australian Estonians and highlights the
activities of the Estonian community in Adelaide during the last 50 years.
May 2003 - "Estonian Song". An overview of
choral singing and choral festivals from the late 1800s to the present day. Programmes
and photographs from song festivals in Estonia from 1880s to 1940, Germany during
the refugee years 1945-1950 and from all over the world post 1950.
May 2002 - "Preserving the Estonian Cultural
Heritage in Australia" . An exhibition showing the various ways the
Estonian heritage has been kept alive in Australia.
On show are minute books from early Estonian organisations
such as the first Estonian Society in Sydney founded 1912, the Kungla Co-operative
in Thirlmere NSW and the "Estonia" sports club in Adelaide, newsletters from
Lutheran congregations in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, memorabilia from the
scout and guide movements and summer camps as well as jubilee albums from organisations
from many states.
February 2002 - An exhibition by the Art and Craft Guild of
dolls in national costume. These dolls were a group project prepared for the 19th Estonian
Festival in Melbourne, December 2001
August - November 2001 - An exhibition to
celebrate the 10th anniversary of the re-establishment of independence for Estonia.
Estonia then and now
May 2001 - Sydney Estonian folk dancers "Virmalised" .
The "old Estonians" ie those who were here before WW II started many organisations,
including a folk dancing group. Arrival of the Estonians after the war gave it new life
and now, more than 50 years later, young Australians of Estonian descent carry on the
cultural traditions of their forbearers.
Virmalised performing in Canberra, 2001
April 2001 - 50th anniversary exhibition of the
Australian chapter of the Estonian University Womens Society.
February 2001 - "Birth of the Republic of Estonia
and the short years of independence 1918-1940".
November 2000 - A retrospective of the works of author
Peeter Lindsaar on the 10th anniversary of his death.
April 2000 to April 2001 - A series of exhibitions to
celebrate the Estonian Year of the Book 2000.
April 2000 - 18th Estonian Festival exhibition, "Estonians
in Australia - 300 years". The first Estonians came to Australia in 1696 as part of
Willem de Vlamingh's expedition to the Great South Land. Later sailors like Gustav Einsaar
came here in the 1880s. Many Estonians migrated to Australia in the 1920s but the greatest
influx came after World War II. The exhibition was divided into two parts, - the people
and organisations in Australia pre WW II and after WW II.
Activities of Estonians pre World War II
Activities of post World War II migrants
March 2000 - An exhibition of rare books found in the archive.
October 1999 - "Meie Kodu" 50th anniversary
exhibition. A display of correspondence, photographs, articles and ephemera highlighting
the events and the people who have been associated with the newspaper.
June 1999 - An exhibition of photographs, memoirs,
diaries, books and medals to celebrate Victory Day.
June 1998 - "The War of Independence" 1918-1920
an exhibition of medals, photographs, maps, memoirs and artefacts.
November 1997 - Exhibition to celebrate the 70th anniversary
of Sydney Estonian Society "Eesti Kodu Linda". The Society was formed by the
amalgamation of two Estonian societies "Eesti Kodu" and "Linda".
On display was the flag of the Sydney Estonian Society "Linda" and the Estonian
and Australian flags used at the opening of Estonian House.
Blessing of the flag of SES " Linda", 1927
50 years of work on "Meie Kodu"
June 1996 - "Down Memory Lane" an overview of the activities
of Estonians in Australia including the newspaper "Meie Kodu", scholarly
works, literature, music, theatre, youth activities such as language
schools, scouts and guides and sport.
View of exhibition
June 1996 - Exhibition of photographs and newspapers relating
to Victory Day and World War II
This page is sponsored by the Council of Estonian Societies in Australia