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For Estonian refugees, a masthead made a new home, half a world away – by Silvi Vann-Wall

Estonians fleeing the aftermath of WWII and Soviet occupation found their voice in Australia via a newspaper. It continues to this day.  Silvi Vann-Wall reports on Meie Kodu and the community it continues to serve.   In the tumultuous time after World War II, and throughout the Soviet occupation of their tiny country, many Estonians sought refuge in Australia […]

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Where did you buy Estonian black bread ‘must leib’ in Sydney in 1953?

The answer can be found in Meie Kodu, which is now available as a digitised copy from the web site of the National Library of Australia. The Estonian Archives in Australia has joined forces with the National Library of Australia to ensure Meie Kodu is available for everyone to read now and into the future. […]

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Touring Estonia — Pärnu, Saaremaa and Võru

HANS TAMMEMAGI 23. nov. 2012 We left Tallinn in our rental car and headed southwest toward Pärnu, the start of our counter-clockwise trip around Estonia. With little idea of what to see en route we decided to wander from one historic spot to another using the guidebook, Estonian Museums, and following the ubiquitous brown signs […]

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An Esto-Canadian’s First Visit to Estonia — Tallinn

HANS TAMMEMAGI 23. nov. 2012 Although I’d never been to the homeland, I’ve always felt like an Estonian. Growing up in Canada, my family spoke Estonian at home and my brothers and I were involved in the Estonian community in and around Toronto. At university my involvement with the Estonian community continued although at a […]

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Attention artists and artisans

KÜLLIKI POOLE The end of the year is not THAT far away. The fourteenth Eesti Päevad in Sydney are beckoning and we need your input (and ouput). As usual, there will be an exciting exhibition of art and craft and we are challenging everyone who has ever been inspired to to take up a pencil, […]

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In favour of the home team

RIINA KINDLAM, Tallinn In early 2012 the president of Estonia asked people to come up with reasons why it’s great to live in Estonia and to post them on his Facebook page. Over 1000 reasons were submitted and voted on by the online public. A handful were later displayed on bus shelters and streetposts including […]

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XXIV Estonian Cultural Festival in Australia (Sydney) 27–31 December 2012

Draft Program Thursday 27 December 1:00pm- 3:00pm Church service /Opening Ceremony St Stephens Church Macquarie St Sydney. Combined church service and opening. Showcase of classical Estonian choral and organ music. 4:00pm – 5:00pm Art & craft exhibition opening  Tap Gallery. 278 Palmer St Darlinghurst. 6:00pm – 11:00pm  Avapidu   Daltone House. Darling Island Wharf. Pirrama Rd […]

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New International Estonian News Portal

Estonian World Review January 1, 2012 marked the launch of the new Internet news portal “Estonian World Review” (EWR). It is the first such Estonian news portal to report activities of Estonians living in a number of different countries, on different continents. The new portal was created in cooperation with several Estonian language media outlets […]

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Help! Our childhood memories are gradually being shared

New Years greetings to all! Many of you will have read “when the Noise had Ended’ which relates the memories of some of the children who lived in the Geislingen DP camp over 60 years ago. It is currently being translated into Estonian and the authors all await eagerly what the ‘native’ language variant will […]

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The competition “Positive Estonian history“ starts

Today, on 9 January the history portal Histrodamus announces the competition “Positive Estonian history“ for the first time in Estonia. In the frames of the competition the people are called to notice and describe the positive moments and successful events of the Estonian history. Read more  

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E-Club Corner 4

The start of summer was celebrated in the Estonian Club on 1 December. We have had busy club nights during last few months and it seems to be getting even busier. In October we had an Estralian Bushdance with live music from Bruce and Haruna. The Club has never been so packed. All the people […]

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Sydney hosts the next Estonian Festival in Australia in December 2012

Interview with Peeter Muttik, the head of Eesti Päevad. The XXIV Eesti Päevad Estonian Festival will take place in Sydney at the end of 2012, what will be the highlight? Peeter Muttik, the head of Eesti Päevad: The highlight will be the opportunity for people of all ages to experience Estonian culture in a wide […]