Adelaide

Adelaide Lithuanian Community

Name Adelaide Lithuanian Community
President Aleksas Talanskas
Address 15 Penola Street, Killenny 5009, Australia
Email aleksas.t.52@hotmail.com
Phones (08) 6268 3423
Mob 0401 122 534

A brief history
It is believed that the first Lithuanian to come to South Australia was the Varnas family in 18.
However it wasn’t until 1947 that Lithuanians started to arrive in large numbers.
In South Australia, Lithuanian men were sent to work in the coal mines of Leigh Creek, in a salt processing plant at Price, at Lobethal in the Onkaparinga Woollen Mills, at Nangwarry in the forest industry and in Adelaide in the factories of G.M Holden, Chrysler and Phillips. The women worked as domestics in hospitals and factories.
For some “New Australians” coming to a strange country, separated from their own culture, language and customs, was an unsettling experience. It therefore seems natural that they came together in search of friendship, from which many cultural groups were established.
Just over a year after the first boatload of Lithuanians came to Australia, the Adelaide Lithuanian society was formed. In the immediate years, a choir, folk dancing group, sports club, theatre group, cultural associations, boy scouts and girl guides were established. Many still continue to this day.

Adelaide Lithuanian Community Council
On January 2nd, 1949 the first Adelaide Lithuanian meeting was held where over 60 Lithuanians gathered. They formed the Adelaide Lithuanian Cultural Society (Adelaides Lietuviu Kulturos Draugija ALKD).
Jonas Mockunas and Vincas Cepliauskas initiated the formation of the Adelaide Lithuanian Cultural society committee. This committee functioned until the Australian Lithuanian Society – Adelaide branch was established.

Current members
President Alex Talanskas
Vice President Daina Pocius
Secretary Gaila Dunda
Treasurer Jonas Jaciunskas
Member Darius Kalibitas
Member Kristina Gudelis
Member Vilia Bone

Adelaide Lithuanians online
You can keep up to date with what is happening in the community by following or liking the following sites.

Adelaide on Facebook:
Lithuanians in South Australia
Adelaide Lithuanian school
Adelaide sports Club Vytis

History blog:
History of Lithuanians in South Australia http://salithohistory.blogspot.com.au/