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Club History


Late 1960s/Early 1970s - The Triglav club was established so young Australian Slovenian families could participate in social functions, preserve Slovenian heritage, maintain links with the old country and speak the Slovenian language fluently with fellow Slovenians.

The company Triglav Pty Ltd was established with members as shareholders and with a view to buy land and establish a club. One member secured a loan through his own resources and a block of land was purchased. The families then worked together and repaid the loan.

The club was registered and membership increased. The company Triglav Pty Ltd was dissolved. Shares were paid back to some members with no dividend. Most members opted for a life membership over being issued with shares.

As the club grew there developed a need for a bigger clubhouse, so a loan was taken from the Country Slovenia. This loan $186,000 was for the purchase of materials only. The clubhouse was built entirely by volunteers from the Australian Slovenian community. This loan was also repaid. The club is free holders of the deeds to the land.

For a number of years the club was a close ethnic community, operating on a strictly volunteer basis for all services, with no paid labour. With the growth of the club and a decline in membership, it was decided to open the club to the wider community and the club's name was changed to St Johns Park Community Club. There was a need for a more professional approach to the operation of the club and paid staff were employed.

With the introduction of paid staff and an increase in overheads, St Johns Park Community Club chose an amalgamation with the Panthers group as a way to secure their survival. Part of that amalgamation process included a promise that the culture and history of the club would be maintained.

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