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15 May 2018

Estonian Cultural Centre - Adelaide

Since 1950, the Estonian House has been the heart of Adelaide's Estonian community. Community and arts groups meet regularly at the Estonian Cultural Centre for activities such as choir, dance events and other cultural gatherings. In December 2016, the 26th Eesti Päevad - Australian Estonian Festival - took place in Adelaide.

Australia is host to one of the largest communities of Estonians abroad. In the 2016 Australian census, over 9,500 people identified as being of Estonian ancestry.

The first Estonians settled in Australia in 1853 and the first Estonian Society was established in Melbourne in 1914. People settled primarily around Sydney. After Soviet occupation of Estonia in 1940 and again in 1944, numerous Estonian exiles settled in Australia, contributing to development of Estonian culture in Australia. Estonian Houses were set up in Sydney (1940), Thirlmere (1952), Melbourne (1955), Adelaide (1957) and Perth (1966). Australia has the fifth largest Estonian community after Russia, Canada, Sweden and the USA. 

 

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