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New Facebook group – POOD. Estonians Buy & Sell in Australia – Just in time for Christmas

Just in time for your Christmas shopping! Support your fellow Estonians this Christmas and buy Esto! The new POOD. Estonians Buy & Sell in Australia has just launched and perfect to help you find that unique Christmas gift! The group is open to all buyers and sellers with an Estonian connection. Post your offerings, or […]

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In Memoriam – Ülle Slamer

Our beloved mother Ülle Slamer passed away peacefully on October 31, 2020, at her home in Agris Hutrof House, Thirlmere, at the age of 90.   Ülle was born in Võru and grew up in Nõmme, on the outskirts of Tallinn. Together with her family she fled Estonia in 1944, spending four years in Geislingen Displaced Persons camp […]

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Eestlased laias maailmas – Ülemaailmse Eesti Kesknõukogu liikmesmaade lugu

“Estonians around the World – The story of Estonian World Council Member Countries” / “Eestlased laias maailmas – Ülemaailmse Eesti Kesknõukogu liikmesmaade lugu” was published by the Estonian World Council in 2019 and was presented to parliamentarians, libraries, and archives in Estonia as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Estonian independence. The […]

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Foreign Ministry opens a survey for Estonians living abroad

Estonian community abroad: a survey on engagement and satisfaction with consular services Dear Estonian living abroad, Estonian embassies abroad are the primary point of contact for Estonians living abroad. One of the goals of embassies is to maintain strong links between the expatriate community and Estonia. This way, we strive to contribute to preserving the […]

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On This Day – Oct 21, 2018 Estonian President visits Australia

On this day two years ago, the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, visited the Estonian Archives in Australia at the Sydney Estonian House. Archivists Maie Barrow and Reet Simmul introduced the collection and showed off some of the treasures in the Archive Read an abbreviated version of the article and the interview by Aale Kask-Ong’s […]

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Kino! Movie Night VÕTA VÕI JÄTA | TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT – Sydney Nov 1

VÕTA VÕI JÄTA | TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Sunday, 1st November, 5pm @ Sydney Eesti Maja, Surry Hills What would you do if a newborn baby was placed in your hands and they say take it or leave it! One sleepy Saturday morning, 30-year-old builder Erik receives shocking news: his ex-girlfriend Moonika, whom he […]

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In Memoriam – Kalju Palmoja

It is with great sadness I share the news that my adored father left us on Wednesday. He led an extraordinary life beginning with a magical childhood in Estonia, challenging war years followed by a long & happy life in Australia! He enjoyed his professional life as an architect leaving a legacy in the built […]

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Why I work in the Archive – Reet Simmul

Reet Simmul, Assistant Archivist at the Estonian Archives in Australia shares her story on how she came to volunteer in the Archive and why the work of the Archive is so important to her and the community. Read the full article here: https://archives.eesti.org.au/2020/09/22/why-i-work-at-the-archives-reet-simmul/

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In Memoriam – August Sirkel

5 April, 1921 – 17 September, 2020 August Sirkel was an active member of the Estonian House and the Estonian Society in Melbourne. August, being a spirited singer, was a member of the Melbourne Estonian Men’s Choir. He was famous for baking traditional Estonian meat pies (pirukad) for the weekly choir rehearsals, and for many […]

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AESL Donation Drive – Join the $100 club

Dear member of AESL, This is our third DONATIONS DRIVE for the year 2020.  We always keep the best for last – the “100 Dollar Club” is now open!  Please take a chance to donate now, and to donate generously. In case you wonder – are we talking to you? Am I a member of AESL?  Yes […]

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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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The thinking behind the new ECFA Logo

By Lachlan Bell – designer When approaching the new ECFA logo, the brief was clear. Convey the identity and objectives of the Estonian Cultural Foundation of Australia. With this came its own challenges of embodying the values of the foundation within this new logo, primarily the promotion and preservation of Estonian history & culture and […]