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In Memoriam – Johannes Olup

19 May 1924, Paide, Estonia 3 September 2020, Thirlmere, Australia Although Johannes experienced troubles throughout his life, particularly in having to leave the country of his birth at age 20, he was really one of the lucky ones. Many who tried to escape and many who stayed behind did not survive the war or its […]

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New Logo for ECFA (Estonian Cultural Foundation in Australia Ltd)

The Estonian Cultural Foundation in Australia (ECFA) Ltd is proud to announce that it has a new logo. This logo was designed by Lachlan Bell, a young Estonian from Sydney. The new logo combines items from Estonian heritage, being a sõlg (brooch) and a kilp (shield), and incorporates 8 stars from the Southern Cross to […]

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Estonian Zoom Virtual Backgrounds

Most of us have had to swap our usual face to face meetings for virtual meetings. Why not show off you Estonian connection with some quirky Estonian virtual backgrounds! Thanks to Visit Estonia and some wonderful photographers, we have created these backgrounds for you to use. Just click on the image and then save! If […]

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In Memoriam: Indrek Porm

Vale Uno ‘Indrek’ Porm  It is with great sadness that we share news that Uno ‘Indrek’ Porm passed away in Melbourne on 13 August 2020, age 76. In light of current restrictions, the family will come together at 11am on Friday 28 August for a closed funeral service. We would be honoured if his friends […]

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Kooskõlas online Sing-a-Long – Sunday August 30

Hello one and all, We are all experiencing lockdown, social distancing and generally a change of lifestyles in these current times.  In particular, our Victorians are really feeling it harder than most and have experienced extraordinary hardship in the past few weeks, with a number of weeks yet to come. In recognition of our fellow Victorians, […]

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Successful applications announced for Estonian Cultural Foundation in Australia (ECFA) funding

The Estonian Cultural Foundation in Australia (ECFA) Ltd is pleased to announce the successful applicants for this year’s funding. 6 organisations were successful in sharing in the $20,000 funding, having met the criteria to satisfy the objectives of the ECFA. These objectives include: Sydney Estonian Handicraft Association Estonian Folk Costume Preservation Project: A Digital Archive […]

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Estonian Archives in Australia EOFY Appeal

There is only week left before the end of the financial year! Can you help the Archives with a small donation before the end of the financial year? 🇦🇺 🇪🇪 Want to find Estonian relatives in Australia or your family’s history here or research some aspect of Estonian life in Australia?🇦🇺 🇪🇪  The Estonian Archives in Australia holds […]

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Virmalised weekly online practice – Monday’s 7.30pm

Tere kõigile! Virmalised – Sydney Estonian Folk Dancers would like to invite you to join in our weekly e-rahvatants practice rehearsals via Zoom, from the comfort of your own home! Our session starts at 7:30pm (AEST) every Monday night, however, you are welcome to join us whenever it comfortable and works best for you. Our […]

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“A Year Full of Drama” – now streaming until June 21

The Sydney Film Festival is online this year and is featuring the Estonian film “A Year Full of Drama”. The film is available to stream now until the end of the Festival at midnight on 21st of June. You can watch the movie for $14, or buy various bundles to view multiple films. There are […]

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An Event to Commemorate the Mass Deportations of the Peoples of the Baltic States

As Covid-19 has prevented the annual 14th of June commemoration concert, the Latvian communities of Melbourne and Sydney have instead jointly prepared a video to mark this event, which is so significant in our Baltic nations histories. The video is 56 minutes in length and includes brief addresses (all in English) by: Latvian organizer Anita […]

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Estonian Archives in Australia launches brand new website

We are very happy to announce our new Estonian Archives in Australia website at https://archives.eesti.org.au/ While we are always happy to have visitors we realise that not everyone can visit the Archive in person. We are happy to be able to share our treasures with you online. We have not updated our old site much […]

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Deportation Commemoration 2020

DEPORTATION COMMEMORATION 2020Sirje Jogi, AESL Each year in June we commemorate series of mass deportations by the Soviet Union. Deportations were carried through between 1941 – 1951 in three Baltic States. The first repressions in Estonia started as early as 1940 and affected Estonia’s national elite. On 17 July 1940,  Commander in Chief  of the  Armed […]