How you can help us

The Croatian Archive of Australia (Archive) aims to collect and safeguard a wide range of documents, artefacts and memorabilia that tell the story of the Croatian-Australian community's past. By preserving these items, we can ensure that the valuable history of our community is passed down to future generations.

We are reaching out to all individuals, organisations and businesses, seeking donations of original and authentic historical items that you may have stored away in your garages, offices or cupboards. These items could include, but are not limited to:

  • Photographs and albums: Old photos capturing events, people and places in the Australian-Croatian community;
  • Letters and correspondence: Personal and business letters, postcards and diaries;
  • Maps and blueprints: Historical maps and architectural plans;
  • Books: Publications and manuscripts that focus on the Croatian-Australian community, including novels, poetry, memoirs and histories, and those written by Croatian-Australian authors that may not directly concern community issues;
  • Newspapers and magazines: Old editions that were published by the Croatian community in Australia;
  • Artefacts: Small items including clothing and everyday objects such as membership badges;
  • Documents: Legal documents, certificates, reports, minutes of meetings and any papers related to local businesses and institutions;
  • Memorabilia: Souvenirs, posters, programs, tickets and promotional materials from events in the Croatian-Australian community;
  • Film and video: Recordings of community events on film, VHS, DVD, Blu-ray or digital files;
  • Audio: Recordings of events, radio programs, lectures, oral histories and music in digital formats, CDs, vinyl and tapes.

If you have any items that fit these descriptions, or if you believe you have something unique that might contribute to our Archive, please consider donating them. Your generosity will help us preserve our heritage for generations to come.

Donating is easy! You can contact us at croatianarchiveaustralia@gmail.com to arrange a drop-off or discuss potential donations. We are also willing to consider loans or digitisation for delicate items that you may wish to keep in your possession.

Not only will your donations be a crucial part of preserving our community's history, but they will also be used for research, education and exhibitions, allowing everyone to connect with and learn from our shared past.

Thank you for your support in this endeavour to protect and celebrate our Croatian heritage. Together, we can ensure that the stories of our community continue to thrive.

How to help us financially

Maintaining an archive is an expensive undertaking and we rely on financial donations from the community. Become a member or send us a monetary donation. Your generosity will be much appreciated. Please contact the treasurer at croatianarchiveaustralia@gmail.com.