Launch of the Archive's website
The Croatian Archive of Australia launched its website on Friday, December 1, 2023 in the Croatian Catholic Centre St Nikola Tavelić in Sydney’s St Johns Park.
The event, which was hosted by Father Klaudio Milohanović, parish priest and head of the Croatian Catholic Centre St Nikola Tavelić, was attended by about 50 guests, including special guests at the official presentation:
· Ivica Glasnović, Consul General of the Republic of Croatia in Sydney
· Sandra Tvrtković, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Canberra;
· Father Ivo Tadić, parish priest at the Croatian Catholic Centre Marija Queen of Croats in Wollongong;
· Dr Ivana Hebrang Grgić, associate professor in the Department of Information and Communication Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb;
· Dr Ana Barbarić, professor at the Department of Information and Communication Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb;
and many esteemed guests from the Croatian community in Australia, representatives of the Croatian Studies Foundation at Macquarie University, representatives of various associations, schools, media, clubs and other institutions from the community.
The evening was opened by the society's secretary, Božo Žuro, who warmly welcomed everyone and gave opening remarks, which was followed by the playing of the Croatian and Australian national anthems. Father Klaudio then welcomed everyone as the host of the evening and offered God's blessing on the evening.
Father Klaudio Milohanović welcomes the participants
The president of the Croatian Archive, Vesna Žuro, then spoke about the society's overall work and the development of the archive's website over the past 12 months and its stated goal of digitising records and preserving the history of the Croatian community in Australia.
Mrs. Žuro especially thanked the Republic of Croatia’s Central State Office for Croats Abroad, which generously financed the creation of the website.
She thanked everyone who participated in the creation of the website, and in particular she singled out young Ivana Brkić, an IT specialist, who created the website, the young graphic designer Vinko Kraljević, who created the association’s new logo, and vice-president Šime Dušević, who helped with the selection of materials, and worked on scanning much of the website's initial records.
Mrs Žuro then asked the Croatian Consul General, Mr Ivica Glasnović, to officially launch the website.
In his address, Mr Glasnović praised the website project as a modernisation of the archive that allows all interested parties access to its records and materials, and congratulated the president Vesna Žuro, the board of the archive and the entire Croatian community for launching such an important website project.
The attendees were then shown a video presentation of the website prepared by Ms Brkić. The president, Mrs Žuro, ended the formal proceedings and the program of the evening with words of thanks and invited all those present for refreshments and socialising in the beautifully decorated "Konoba" cafe in St Johns Park.
Some of the participants at the Konoba cafe in the Croatian Catholic Centre St Johns Park