Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Rūta gradually established a reputation for itself and, by the 1930s, the factory had more than 100 employees and produced around 300 different types of chocolate. In 1929, Mr Gricevičius built a new factory with shop premises to the design of the famous architect, Kārlis Reisons. Since 2012, the building has been a museum.
The above mentioned architect is actually Karolis Reisonas, who ended up living in Adelaide and was instrumental in refurbishing the current Adelaide Lithuanian House.
Further into the Museum, there was a display on the Rūta chocolate boxes over the years. I was rather bewildered to see a familiar one. The tin with Darius and Girenas on it is used in the Adelaide Lithuanian Museum to keep the keys to the display cabinets in. The tin was produced in the 1930's. I now look at it with different eyes, and wonder if it was donated by Reisonas?
In Kaunas, I met a friend who works in the Vytautas Magnus University. She took me to see her work place. As it was holidays there were few people around, but I did get to meet a staff member working on the Adamkus archives. Former president of Lithuania, Valdas Adamkus has donated many personal items which will be kept at the University and hopefully one day become a museum. Amongst the items was this plate presented to Adamkus when he came to Adelaide with the American Lithuanian basketball team in 1964. It's hand made and painted with the places and dates visited.
On my last day in Vilnius, I went to visit the Museum of Genocide Victims (KGB Museum). Under Soviet occupation mail from outside the Union was closely scrutinised. One display showed publications issued abroad which had been confiscated by the sensors. To my surprise it was a program from the Australian Lithuanian Days held in Adelaide in 1962.
I was never far away from home.
Museum of Genocide Victims http://genocid.lt/muziejus/en/
Ruta Chocolate Museum http://www.sokoladomuziejus.lt/en/exposition/chocolate-in-ruta/
Adamkus Archives Library http://adamkuslibrary.lt/biblioteka/?lang=en
Monday, 11 November 2013
Australijos Lietuvių Studentų Sąjunga (ALSS)Australian Lithuanian Student Association (ALSS)
Sunday, 21 July 2013
A library was established not long after the Lithuanian House was purchased in Eastry street. It began with an old cupboard filled with donated books.
Sunday, 12 May 2013
76 men worked 2706 hours
In the year 1961, men and women donated their time to build Lithuanian House. They worked 2706 hours, equivalent to 339 work days. The men were fed by the Women's committee consisting of 18 women.
Special mention for Architect Karolis Reisonas who never missed a working bee. He not only organised the group but also worked side by side the other men. The other special mention goes to V. Petkunas whose directs all his energy into Lithuanian House and motivates others.
Adelaides Lietuviu Zinios
Sunday, 3 March 2013
Paminklas “Žuvusiems už Lietuva”
Minint Lietuvos kariuomenės atkurimo 50-ties metų sukaktį, Liet Sajungos sodelyje, Adelaidėje, buvo pastatytas paminklas “Žuvusiems už Lietuva” prisiminti. Paminklo bareljiefą sukūrė ir isliejo sculpturė I. Pocienė. Paminklo statybos darbus vadovaujant inž arch K. Reisonui, atliko ramovėnai.
Paminklas buvo atidengtas 1968m laprkričio men 24. Po paminklo tituliniu akmeniu yra įmuryta paminklo Pašventinimo aktas, sauja Lietuvos zemės ir Nepriklausomos Lietuvos monetos.
Memorial to the fallen
At the rear of Lithuanian House in Adelaide stands a memorial that commemorates the 50-year anniversary of Lithuania regaining independence in 1918. The memorial was built to commemorate those who died for Lithuania. The sculpture was designed and made by local artist Ieva Pocienė.
The memorials construction was supervised by Architect K. Reisonas and constructed by Ramovė members.
The monument was unveiled on 24 November 1968. A cover of rocks surrounds the memorial which is imbedded with a handful of soil from Lithuania and coins from independent Lithuania.
A small brass Vytis (knight) is placed at the top of the sculpture, followed by a metal cross in Lithuanian style. The pillars of Gediminas
(Gediminio stulpai) are one of the earliest symbols of Lithuania and one of its historical coats of arms. During the period between World War I and World War II they were used by the Lithuanian Republic as a minor state symbol, e. g. on Litas coins and military equipment. On the other sign is another Lithuanian symbol the roundel.
A wooden Lithuanian style cross has been erected near the moment, two flag poles stand behind where on commemorative occasions flags are raised and wreaths are laid at the memorial base.
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
In 1961 to construct the front of Lithuanian House, required approximately 300 bricks, each one costing 2 shillings. A scheme was created that if you purchased a brick your received a numbered badge which had on it ALN brick. In 1966 further renovations took place to enlarge the stage and construct the museum and archives. All that remains of the original church is the roof.
76 men worked 2706 hours in 1962 about the Lithuanian House, the women’s committee of 18 women worked 851 hours.
The American Lithuanian Community donated £200 so the community could organize a library. The library was named after Juozas Bačiunas. He arrived in Chicago USA in 1897, with his parents. He was heavily involved in the Lithuanian Community and in 1963 elected as President of the World Lithuanian Association. He published many books on Lithuania, include the SA publication “Blizdingėlės prie Torenzo”.
Monday, 9 June 2008
In 1960 a house was also purchased at 10 Eastry Street, Norwood, next door to the church, where a basketball court was built and a shed constructed. In 1972 another house at 16 Gray st (around the corner) was purchased where the rear yard was used for a carpark.
In 1973 Architect Eugenijus Kalibitas was contracted to design a modern bar and club rooms where billiards could be played. A women’s room, office and Lithuanian radio programme studio was also constructed.