The Adelaide LIthuanian Museum & Archives was established by the hard work and dedication of Jonas Vanagas, a post war migrant. He began to collect articles relating to Lithuania, so younger generations could learn of their heritage. Members of the community gathered for the official opening on 28th January 1967.
The Museum and Archives contain photographs, newspapers, documents, artwork and books, in Lithuanian and in English. Much of the information for this blog has been from the museums collection.
The newspapers are a wealth of information pertaining to the community, they detail events and activities of different organisations, as well as details on individuals in the community, marriages, births and deaths. These are all in Lithuanian.
A high percentage of Lithuanian migrants participated in the numerous organisations that existed over the years. These included: National Dancing Group, Scouts, War Veterans, Saturday language school, Sport club, theatre, choir, church. Information about these organisations is available.
The collection is currently being indexed and digitised.
Have a look at the entry on the Community History site.