The first Slovak migrant recorded in Australia was Brother Jakub Longa, a Jesuit priest sent to Australia in 1888 to undertake missionary work in the NT and later in South Australia.
More significant numbers began to migrate in the late 1920s. By 1939, about 350 Slovaks lived in Australia. This number increased to around 3000 following World War II when many arrived as displaced persons. Initially the new arrivals settled in all parts of Australia, however they gradually moved to the more established Slovak communities in the major centres of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
In the 2016 Census, over 11,000 people identified as having Slovak heritage.
Have you ever wanted to pull on your national jumper and represent your country?
Playing Footy 9s gives you an opportunity to do just that! It’s a fun and exciting new sport, with both full contact (tackling) and non-contact (no tackling) options to choose from.
If you are of Slovak descent and keen to represent Slovakia, please contact us.