2020

The year of Czechia in Australia

Thank you for visiting the website of “Czechia in Australia”, managed by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Canberra.

2020 is here, and we have called it “Czechia in Australia 2020” in commemoration of 100 years since the foundation of diplomatic relations between the former Czechoslovak Republic and by extension its successor states, today’s Czech Republic (and Slovak Republic), and the Commonwealth of Australia.

100 years ago this year, our first diplomatic representation in Australia, the Consulate in Sydney was opened, which continued during World War II, the post-war period and to this day.

This website aims to commemorate 100 years of this history, shine light on everything that Czechs have achieved and the mark they left on this distant continent, as well as to bring you current information about the entire project Czechia in Australia 2020.

It is our belief, that these pages will bring joy to friends and enthusiasts of the Czech Republic in Australia, as well as to fans of Australia in the Czech Republic.

Tomáš Dub
Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Australia

Online Exhibition: 21st August 1968

On the night from the 20th to the 21st of August 1968, Warsaw Pact troops crossed the Czechoslovakian border and occupied the former Czechoslovakian Republic. This date marked the end of the brief period of liberalisation known as the "Prague Spring" and saw the beginning of the long, crushing period of communism known as "Normalisation". The occupation of Czechoslovakia on 21st of August 1968 shook the world and even stirred up protests and solidarity in the land down under, from government representatives and politicians, to students and the wider public.

This exhibition traces the eventful day of 21st August 1968 and Australia's response to events in Czechoslovakia.
Czechs in Australia

František Mlejnek

Frantisek (Frank) Mlejnek, left his village of Lestkov in 1949, at the age of 25. After experiencing life through WWII and then the experience of

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