This website has been created by the Villa Dalmacia Association (Inc), which is a not for profit aged care organisation in Spearwood, Western Australia, providing services primarily for the frail aged of Croatian and other Southern European origin.


The Board of Villa Dalmacia considered that it was important to record the history and achievements of Croatians and their descendants not only in Western Australia but also throughout Australia and New Zealand.

A subcommittee of the Board was created, the Croatian History Group, to undertake this task. It has worked hard for some years to gather historical data on many aspects of the involvement of Croatian immigrants in Australia’s past.

The History Group will undertake the responsibility for ensuring that all the data it has at its disposal is made available on this website. It will also solicit further input of data in an effort to provide comprehensive coverage of the history of Croatians in Australia. An editorial group will be responsible for ensuring the data is valid and accurate.


Interested in contributing?

Anyone interested in contacting the History Group to provide assistance or comment can do so by emailing Dr Norman Marinovich at or through the Submit a Story link.

Historical information or photographs will be welcome from any source and will be placed, after editing in one of the many sections of this website.


The Board of Villa Dalmacia Association (Inc) hopes that this website serves as a source of historical data for the community in general but particularly for those of Croatian heritage. Also importantly the site will be a means of ensuring that the great contribution made to Australia and New Zealand by people of Croatian origin is acknowledged and remembered.

May 13, 2020 in Mining and Goldfields

Kalgoorlie Riots

  KALGOORLIE RIOTS By A. PARENTICH for the Croatian History Group (www.croatiansinwa INTRODUCTION During the early 1930s- the Depression years- times were difficult throughout the world. It was no…
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February 4, 2019 in Chiropractic

K Martinovich

The chiropractic profession in Western Australia had its genesis in the West Australian  Goldfields and is documented in this extract from the Australian Dictionary of Biography Martinovich, Kristé (1903–1966) by…
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January 31, 2019 in Sport

Croatians in Sport in WA

                                                        CROATIANS in…
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January 30, 2019 in Medicine

Medical Practitioners in WA

Medical Practitioners of Croatian origin in WA Compiled by N Marinovich   The overwhelming majority of Croatian immigrants to Australia in the late 19th and early 20th century had little…
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