Photo: Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid with Maie Barrow, Reet Simmul at the Archive, Sydney 2018.
Early Life I was born just one month before the first Soviet Occupation, so I could apply for an Estonian passport with my birth certificate. My mother, younger brother and I left on the “Minden” as Tallinn was burning. Since father was a mechanic as well as pilot he was ordered to stay, in case aircraft needed repairs. My aunt had married an Austrian, so we had a destination, Vienna. We lived there until the Soviets captured the city and […]
The EAA was looking to ‘rebrand’ to help increase their awareness in the community, especially with the younger generation who are less aware of its purposes. The logo and website had not been updated since the early 2000s and required a cohesive visual identity and a modern approach. Initial research into cultural organisations such as the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Eesti Rahva Muuseum, Sydney Jewish Museum and Blue Shield International informed the design approach. Inspired to stay true […]
EAA is pleased to acknowledge the funding from the Estonian Cultural Foundation in Australia Ltd which will allow us to digitise a rare manuscript in our collection. The manuscript is entitled “The Mahatma of the Baltics. The memorable life of the Most Rev. Karlis A. M. Tennisons, the Buddist Archbishop of Latvia.” By The Most Rev. Friedrich Lustig. The manuscript is over 600 foolscap pages long and is extremely fragile. Making it available in a digital form will save the […]
Happy Moon Day! Today is the anniversary of the first moon landing, July 20, 1969. Did you know that an Estonian flag was flown to the moon thanks to the NASA astronauts? We know this because the Archive received a copy of the letter from Senator Charles H. Percy to Mr Pleer, American Estonian council. which informed us that the Estonian flag had been taken to the Moon by the crew of Apollo XVI in 1972. The letter was even […]
The Archive is not only for old black and white photos and historic artefacts!!! We also collect material that reflects the current activities of Estonian Australians. Our latest acquisition is a book by Imbi Neeme “The Spill” which was published recently by Penguin Books Australia and the winner of the 2019 Penguin Literary Prize. This book is a welcome addition to our Estonian/Australian authors collection. Read an excerpt and find out more about the book here: Extract | The Spill by […]