Czechs in Australia

In this space there will be stories of Czechs and Australians. From those, who paved their way overseas, to those who remained largely unrecognized, but whose stories nonetheless highlight interesting aspects of relations between the Czech Republic and Australia.

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 post war Czechoslovakia under communist rule coupled with the lack of opportunity, Frank decided to

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Czechs in Australia

Odona Farska

Before she became a professional yoga instructor, Odona Farska worked as a flight-attendant. As a result, she is very well-travelled and has spent almost more of her life living overseas than in her home country. Odona has been living in Canberra for over

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Czechs in Australia

Andrew Greene

Andrew Greene, a broadcast journalist in Australia, talks about his Czech roots. At the beginning of the 1950s his grandparents fled from Czechoslovakia and settled in Australia. Andrew held on to their language and culture. In the early 1950s my maternal

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Czechs in Australia

Miroslav Bukovský

The story of a unique jazz musician, Miroslav Bukovský, who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1944 and emigrated to Australia in 1968, where he and as compositions became a jazz sensation. He had a significant impact on the teaching of jazz at Australian

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Czechs in Australia

Karel Halla

Thanks to the project Czechoslovak Talks, we are sharing the story of Karel Halla with you, who fled from Czechoslovakia to Australia in 1949. At the start of 1953 he returned to Europe thinking that communism would soon fall. When

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Jiří Chaloupka
Czechs in Australia

Jiří Chaloupka

The story of Jiří Chaloupka, a Czech who emigrated to Australia and dedicated his life to the documentation and preservation of the rock paintings of Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory. In 1948, right after the Communists seized power in the

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Czechs in Australia after 1948

After the communist coup d’etat in February of 1948, thousands of people fled from Czechoslovakia. They then spent long weeks and months in the inhuman conditions of refugee camps in Germany, Austria and Italy, waiting for the chance to emigrate.

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Czechs in Australia

Edouard Borovansky

The world-renowned dancer, choreographer and founder father of Australian ballet was born on 2nd February 1902 in Přerov as Eduard Skřeček. His father was a railroad worker who also happened to be an enthusiastic supporter of folk dance and a music enthusiast.

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Czechs in Australia

Petr Adámek

Petr Adámek is a very interesting ex-pat, who currently lives in Canberra. He has spent the last 10 years in both New Zealand and Australia working in innovation. He talked with us about how he ended up in Canberra and shared

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Czechs in Australia

Vladimír Gottwald

The story of Vladimír Gottwald – a Czech that emigrated to Australia with his family in 1980. He always enjoyed art and eventually fulfilled his artistic desires when he found work as a graphic artist at the Royal Mint in Canberra. He

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Czechs in Australia

Jerry Krejzar

Skiing and voluntary work – not just a pastime but a way of life – Jerry Krejzar is an alumnus of the Thredbo Ski-Patrol with two decades of voluntary ski-patrolling experience behind him – and a voluntary Alpine Historian for the Thredbo Alpine

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