The first reading of a picture book was led by society president Tanja Blažević, a native of Korčula who lived in Perth, now resident in Split, where she teaches English at the Faculty of Law.
A Croatian-Australian Society has been established at the Split branch office of the CHF and will stage its first public presentation April 29th. The organisation aims to link the two cultures and brings together returnees from Australia who nurture a love and respect of both countries and the influence they have had on their own lives.
Last year’s Australian Days, organised by the Split branch of the CHF, demonstrated that Croatians from Australia deserved more attention, a message taken to heart by the Australian embassy in Zagreb, which has donated to the Marko Marulić Municipal Library in Split (http://www.gkmm.hr) children’s picture books. The members of the society have offered to read from the picture books once a month to the children of Split.
The first such reading was staged April 16th under the leadership of society president Tanja Blažević, a native of Korčula who lived in Perth, now resident in Split, where she teaches English at the Faculty of Law.
For adult readers there is the CHF collection of books by Australian writers of Croatian extraction and the classroom at the CHF premises.
Text by: Branka Bezić Filipović