History in data
Australia accepts post-war refugees, the first exiles from Czechoslovakia arrive on ships in Albany or Fremantle, from where they are sent to Northeast camp, the conditions are very poor and there is a need for compatriots to communicate and to help each other;
Establishment of the first compatriot club in Záp. Australia - Association of People of Good Will headed by Josef Kučík;
The association runs the first Czech school in Perth, but the dropout has ended for the declining number of pupils;
50. - 60. years
The Association organizes cultural, social and political activities and helps newcomers and Slovaks to integrate into Australian society. The Association also sends financial and material assistance to refugees in collection camps in Germany. Since the end of 50. the association faces a decline in its members. Many Czechs and Slovaks moved to the East, to Melbourne, where conditions were more developed;
After August's occupation of Czechoslovakia in Australia, a new wave of refugees headed for opening another chapter of the Czechoslovak association in Western Australia;
The People of Good Will Association and 15 disappear. 9. 1969 is already established by an official compatriot association called The Czechoslovak Association in Western Australia (The Czechoslovak Association in Western Australia). The chairman is elected by Ing. Karel Kosina;
The association acquires the legal form of "Incorporated";
70. - 80. years
The Club is committed to organizing social and cultural events for expatriates and is committed to helping newcomers, for which they must provide guarantees to the Australian government - the association must find accommodation, work and help them socially integrate into the local community;
Dr. Petr Hruby initiates the founding of the Perth branch of the Society for Science and the Arts (Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences) (1, 8.). The Association hosts the singing recital Míla Šimková (10, 7.). There is a great cultural event on 15. the anniversary of the occupation of Czechoslovakia, which features an authentic film from the first days of the occupation. Husband Lochman hosts Patock's University - lectures in private;
The first Czechoslovak radio broadcast at the 6NR station - the session was held every week, broadcasting in Czech (Viktor Souček and Jiří Lochman) and in Slovak (Luba Voyt). The Czechoslovak Radio broadcast for about three years;
The association hosts the performance of the famous Czech satirist Jára Kohout (23, 4.). The first Czech theater performance takes place - a series of short singles directed by Josef Kučík (18, 11.). The Czech theater was played in Perth until 1988, when J. Kučík was ill;
The association organizes a bus trip to New Norcia (17.11.), Hosts a concert by Karel Kryl, organizes a great exhibition of artistic creativity of Czechs and Slovaks living in Western Australia and a successful cultural program "Meeting of Czechoslovaks of All Generations";
Again the Saturday Czech School for Children aged 6 - 14 opened again;
The association hosts a concert by Jaroslav Hutka;
The principles of the association's functioning are governed by the new constitution (Constitution);
The club starts publishing the Klokan magazine. Following the division of Czechoslovakia, the association is renamed "The Czech and Slovak Association in Záp. Australia ";
A new library with 600 book titles is in operation, and a second concert of the Prague Chamber Choir is held in Perth;
The Czech Republic was hit by a large flood - the club organized an extraordinary event in September, and the proceeds from it ($ 2,020) were sent to the flood account. A successful concert of the Fešáci group took place in November;
Father František Pěnčík visits Perth twice and serves the Mass;
There is another catastrophic flood in the Czech Republic, and compatriots in Perth organized a collection to help the affected republic;
Lord Shimek of Sydney is visiting Perth;
The Czech & Friends radio starts broadcasting. Its moderator is still Ludvík Jedla;
At Edith Cowan University there is an exhibition "Czech and Slovak exile 20. century in Australia ";
For financial reasons, the club ends up renting a room at the Australian Asian House, sells its equipment and distributes books from the club library;
In Perth, the UNIMA 2008 International Puppet Festival, where Czech puppeteers performed in Romeo and Juliet;
Thanks to Dr. Terezy Rada brings together a small group of mothers with small children - there is a Czech playgroup;
The Czech Perth School for Children is being set up and the Czech language courses for adults are also starting. In the same year, the association opens up to the younger generation, starting to communicate via the Internet (web, Facebook), and with the participation of more and more younger and middle-aged people.
Perth, who otherwise suffers from the absence of visits by artists from the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic at one month, hosts the performance of the Slovak dance group Lučnica and also the concert of Czech pianist Jiří Pazour with the designer Olga Volfová;
With the huge support of Perth's compatriots, Petra Kvitova-Tomas Berdych, the tennis player, will win the prestigious Hopman Cup;
At the Russian Social Club's call, a joint room is shared in The Rise Building in Maylands. Our association renews the library, whose opening ceremony was held at 27. 6. 2012;
The association hosts a concert of the legendary rock band Olympic;
The association reminds 60. anniversary of the establishment of the first expatriate association in Western Australia, and on this occasion organizes the exhibition "Czechs and Slovaks in Western Australia 1953 - 2013".
The Czech School of Perth celebrates 5. anniversary since the founding and fits the first Czech reader.
The People of Good Will Association in Western Australia (1953 - 1969)
Through the International Refugee Organization and the Australian Government program, refugees have fled to Australia before the communist regime in Czechoslovakia since 1949. However, numerous expatriate groups arrived at the port of Fremantle only during the year of 1950. Most of the exiles were transferred to the Northam collecting camp upon arrival. Using political refugees, Australia also supported its own immigration program aimed at population growth and support for the post-war economy. Under this program, immigrant immigrants had to commit to two-year work in the major or emerging sectors of the Australian economy.
Czech and Slovak exile in Western Australia, including 50. years 20. 400-500 people evolved independently of other cities in Australia due to a two-year work commitment, the vastness of Western Australia, undeveloped infrastructure, and a low number of Czechs and Slovaks. Therefore, the establishment of the Perth Permanent Association under the title The People of Good Will Association (Association) occurred up to 20. June 1953, a few years later than elsewhere in Australia. The nature of the extra-party association and its development in 50. and 60. years was heavily influenced by the Christian ideals, patriotism and artistic tendencies of President Josef Kucik. The association was run without any statutes, elected committee and regular member financial contributions. Despite many differences from other societies, the Association shared the same anti-communist ethos as the entire post-August exile in Australia.
Especially at the initiative of its Chairman, the Association was developing in 50. years of a number of cultural, social and political activities, and at the same time helped to integrate into the local community successfully in Western Australia, settled by Czechs and Slovaks. One of the regular activities of the Association was to send financial and material assistance to Czech and Slovak refugees in German collection camps, where many people or families have been waiting for repatriation for several months.
The Association's outstanding activity was the establishment of the Czechoslovak School in Perth
14. March 1953. However, due to the decreasing number of pupils, teaching was suspended during the year of 1954.
Under the influence of Josef Kučík, the Association was launched at the turn of the 50. and 60. year campaign to set up a museum to document the contribution of the Czechoslovaks to Western-Australian culture. Because it soon became clear that the focus of the museum on Czechoslovak culture in Australia would be too narrow, the original concept changed and other compatriots were approached. After more than ten years of negotiations without tangible results, however, the beginning of 70. the project has gone bankrupt.
Since the end of 50. years fought the Association with the gradual decline of active members. This downward trend was largely due to the fact that a number of post-February exiles had gone after several years from isolated and relatively economically underdeveloped Western Australia to more prosperous cities on the East Coast or the United States. In 60. so the Association gradually ceased to operate on a regular basis and its activity was limited to occasional meetings or jointly organized cultural events and trips.
The election of Karel Kosina to the leadership of 15. September 1969 marked a turning point in the history of Czech and Slovak exile in Western Australia. Besides the rupture within the exile movement, there was a fundamental organizational transformation. The Free and Informal Association was replaced by a standard club under the name Association of Czechoslovaks in Western Australia, which apparently has begun publishing a simple periodical since 1970 Circular both in Czech (Slovak) and English language versions.
translated by: Bas Voordendag
Jaroslav Miller - Unknown story of the Czech exile: Josef Kučík and the Association of People of Good Will in Western Australia, 1950-1969
Presidents of the Association
1953 Josef Kučík - Association of People of Good Will
1968 Ing. Karel Kosina
1982 Dr. Václav Vahala
1983 Viktor Souček
1985 Jiří Lochman
1986 Karel Thomas
1989 Eugen Koňařík
1995 Dr. Zdeněk Srna
1996 Emil Pešek
1997 Petr Pacák
1999 Jaroslav Krupník
2000 Ludmila Válková
2001 Jiří Jeřábek
2003 Jan Mařík
2008 Zdenka Vanicek
2010 Jaroslav Kabelka
2013 Jitka Smith