Chronological History

Nineteenth Century

1878 - Mykhailo Miklouho-Maclay, a Ukrainian explorer, naturalist and ethnographer visits Australia.

1881 – Miklouho-Maclay is instrumental in establishing Australia’s first biological field station at Watson’s Bay, NSW.

The Twenties

1920’s early – First permanent Ukrainian settler in Australia. H. Donchak settles in Brisbane from the Far East.

1928 – Shkardun & Hryhoriy Bodnia families arrive in Brisbane.

1928 – Yevstakhii Antonyshyn arrives in Sydney. Moves to Queensland in 1932, and to Macai in 1934.

The Thirties

1938 – Marko Merezhanyi, a former underground fighter in Ukraine who fled to the Far East, arrives in Brisbane.

The Roaring Forties

1948 February – First post-war Ukrainian settlers arrive in Western Australia aboard the ship “SS General Stewart”.

1948 April – First post-war Ukrainian settlers arrive in Victoria aboard the ship “General Black”.

1948 May – First post-war Ukrainian settlers arrive in New South Wales aboard the ship “General Sturgis”.

1949 April – First Ukrainian association forms in South Australia

1949 July – First edition of the newspaper “The Free Thought” (Vil’na Dumka). Published in Sydney, NSW.

1949 September – First Ukrainian association forms in Victoria

1949 October – First Ukrainian association forms in New South Wales

1949 December – First Ukrainian association forms in Queensland top

The Fifties

1950 February – First Ukrainian association forms in Western Australia.

1950 June – Foundation of a representative body for all Ukrainian organisations in Australia. This body was called the Association of Ukrainians in Australia. Renamed to Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations in December 1953.

1950 July – First Ukrainian association forms in Canberra

1951 October – Founding of the Loan Agency “Samopomich”, affiliated to the Ukrainian Catholic Church, North Melbourne. Samopomich became the Dnister Credit Cooperative in September 1959.

1953 October – Association of Ukrainians in Victoria purchases first community centre in South Melbourne for £12,250.

1954 January – First Ukrainian association forms in Tasmania

1954 April – Credit Cooperative “Nasha Maibutnist'” (Our Future) registered in Merrylands, NSW.

1954 November - Ukrainian community centre purchased in Brisbane.

1956 November - Foundation of the newspaper “Ukrainian In Australia” (Ukrainets v Avstrailiyi) in Melbourne.

1958 January – The first community centre, built by Ukrainians, completed in Northam, WA.

The Sixties

1961 – Opening of the Catholic Church, Brisbane, Qld.

1961 March – Official opening of the community centre in Perth, WA.

1966 April – Publication of the first major work “Ukrainians In Australia”

1966 August – Vasyl’ Avramenko, choreographer, begins 6-month tour of Australia.

1966 November – Opening of Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Essendon, Victoria.

1967 January – Plast Adelaide buys 45 acre property in Tea Tree Gully. top

1967 March – First Basilian sisters from Argentina arrive in Australia.

1968 February – Publication of Year 4 reader “Yevshan-Zillia” by Maria Dejko.

1968 March – First edition of the fortnightly newspaper “Church and Life”, from Melbourne.

1968 May - A USSR anti-submarine fleet visits Sydney

1968 June – Opening of the community centre in Geelong.

1968 October – A visitation and Australian tour by his Eminence Cardinal Josyf Slipyj, Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

1969 August - Opening of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Newcastle, NSW.

The Seventies

1970 January – Inaugural all-Australian AFUO Ball. Chosen Princess of the Ball – Halyna Rebij from SA.

1970 – Dnister Credit Cooperative reaches assets totalling $1million.

1971 April – Second all-Australian AFUO Ukrainian Festival, Melbourne.

1971 September – Mass demonstration in support of dissident, Valentyn Moroz, in front of the USSR Embassy, Canberra.

1971 December – Captain Yurij Roman Wenhlowsky, the first Ukrainian-Australian decorated with the “Military Cross” for bravery in Vietnam.

1972 April – First visitation by the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Mstyslav.

1972 July – Baritone Mykhailo Minsky tours Australia.

1972 November - Bandurist and tenor Volodymyr Luciv tours Australia.

1973 January – V. Kolesnyk, conductor of the Kyiv Opera, obtains political asylum in Australia. top

1973 December – Third all-Australian AFUO Ukrainian Festival, Adelaide.

1974 June – Ukrainian accepted as a matriculation subject by the Victorian Ministry of Education.

1974 August – Ukrainian accepted as a matriculation subject by Sydney University.

1975 March – Ukrainian radio programming begins in Adelaide on 5UV under the leadership of Theodore Sudomlak.

1975 April – Opening of a community centre in Wollongong, NSW.

1975 May – First Ukrainian radio programmes on 3ZZ in Melbourne. First announcer Irene Zaleska.

1975 December – Visit by renowned artist Jacques Hnizdovsky from Canada.

1976 April - Fourth all-Australian AFUO Ukrainian Festival, Sydney.

1976 June – Baritone Mykhailo Minsky tours Australia.

1976 October – First Ukrainian radio programmes on 6NR in Perth, First announcer Bohdan Warchomij.

1976 November – Ukrainian Medical Society formed in Sydney under the leadership of Dr Bohdan Shekhovych.

1977 March – Ukrainian community centre in Brisbane seriously damaged by fire.

1977 July - Australian visit by US Senator of Ukrainian descent Mary Beck.

1978 January – First Ukrainian radio programme on 3EA in Melbourne. Announcer Dmytro Pyrohiv.

1978 January – Australian visit by the Vice-President of the Ukrainian National Republic in Exile, Professor Mykola Stepanenko.

1978 April – Leonid Pliusch, recently released prisoner from the Soviet Gulag, visits Australia. Appears before Australian Senate Commission.

1979 April - The Lysenko Musical Theatre, from Melbourne, tours England.

1979 November - Red Army Choir visits Australia. Mass community protests.

The Eighties

1980 May – Queen Elizabeth II visits Australia. Ukrainian community represented by Stefan Lysenko and his wife.

1980 September – Dissident Valentyn Moroz visits Australia.

1980 October – The Lubomyr Sklepkowycz Foundation is formed in Sydney to foster Ukrainian education and culture.

1981 February – Australian tour by the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus from the USA.

1981 May – The renowned artist Mykhailo Kmit dies in Sydney.

1981 July - 48 hour hunger strike in front of the USSR Embassy in Canberra to release political prisoner Yuriy Shukhevcyh.

1982 August - Pope John Paul II proclaims the Eparchy of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.

1982 October – Formation of the Concord Credit Cooperative in Brisbane.

1982 October – Ukrainian lectureship established at Monash University, Melbourne. Financed by the Association of Ukrainians in Victoria.

1983 February – Plast campsite Sokil seriously damaged by fire in southern Victoria.

1983 May - Stepan Lysenko appointed as Advisor to the Minister for Ethnic Affairs.

1983 October – Visitation by former Soviet political prisoner Dr Nina Strokata-Karavanska.

1983 October – Mass demonstration in Canberra to commemorate 50 years since the Ukrainian Famine of 1933

1983 December – Opening of the Ukrainian Catholic Centre in Canberra as a memorial to 1000 years of Christianity in Ukraine.

1984 May - Opening of a new $2.5million Dnister Cooperative Centre in Essendon, Victoria. top

1985 February – Public AFUO conference “Ukrainians in a Multicultural Australia” in Melbourne.

1985 August – Bolshoi Ballet visits Australia. Community protests.

1985 October – Chaika Choir from Melbourne tours USA and Canada.

1985 October – Screening of a Canadian film on the Ukrainian Famine “Harvest of Despair”

1985 October - Visit to Australia by an expert on the Ukrainian famine, Dr James Mace.

1985 December – Fifth all-Australian AFUO Ukrainian Festival, Melbourne.

1986 March – First visitation by the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Cardinal Ivan Liubachivkyi.

1986 April - The Chornobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine

1986 May – Mass demonstration at Parliament House, Canberra.

1988 February – Visitation by member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group, Oksana Meshko.

1988 March – Australian Federal Parliament accepts a resolution to support the Ukrainian Helsinki Group. Resolution put forward by Philip Ruddock.

1988 December – Sixth all-Australian AFUO Ukrainian Festival, Melbourne.

1989 January – Visit by former dissident Petro Ruban.

1989 July - Visit by defender of the catholic faith in Ukraine, Josyp Terelia.

1989 August – Visit by poet and Ukrainian MP Dmytro Pavlychko.

1989 September – Visit by President of the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations, Slava Stetsko.

1989 November – Visit by author and MP Volodymyr Yavorivskyi. Spoke before Federal Parliament.

The Nineties

1990 May - The Sydney Dance Ensemble Veselka tours Ukraine.

1990 May – Australian Chornobyl Foundation formed by the AFUO.

1990 July – Nina Matvienko, singer from Ukraine, tours Australia.

1991 December – Australian Parliament recognises Ukrainian sovereignty.

1992 January – Monash University (Melbourne) holds conference “Ukraine in the Nineties”

1992 January – Ex-dissident Ivan Dziuba visits Australa. top

1992 March – Zina Botte is appointed as the first Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Australia.

1992 June – Macquarie University (Sydney) holds conference “Ukraine Today – Perspectives”

1992 June – Les’ Taniuk, Leader of the Ukrainian Opposition, meets with Federal MP’s in Canberra.

1992 August – First Worldwide Forum of Ukrainians in Kyiv, Ukraine. Australia represented by Mykhailo Moravski.

1992 October – Singers Oksana Bilozir and Ivan Popovych tour Australia.

1992 November – Delegates from Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, visit Australia.

1993 March – Singer Ihor Bohdan tours Australia.

1993 April – Ukrainian Retirement Complex opens in Melbourne, Victoria.

1993 May – Archbishop Peter Stasiuk becomes Eparch for all Ukrainian catholics in Australia.

1993 August – Adelaide’s song and dance ensemble Kashtan tours Ukraine.

1993 October - Official opening of a youth centre in Geelong, Victoria.

1994 January – Ten children affected by the Chornobyl disaster visit Australia under the auspices of “Caruna”

1994 March – Dmytro Nytchenko awarded the literary prize Premier of Lesia Ukrainka.

1994 April – World Gymnastics Championship in Brisbane. Local community hosts Ukrainian National Team who won two silver and one bronze medals.

1994 June – Youth for Christ movement founded in Melbourne.

1994 July – Sydney’s Ivasiuk Ensemble tours Ukraine.

1994 August – The Ukrainian Youth Association Dance Ensemble Verkhovyna (Melbourne) tours Canada.

1995 March – International Air Show in Avalon, Victoria. Entry by the Antonov aircraft building works from Ukraine.

1995 April - Whitbread round the world entry from Ukraine, the Hetman Sahaidachny, berths at Fremantle, WA.

1995 April – Australian parliamentary delegation visits Ukraine under the leadership of Graham Campbell.

1995 June – Helen Darville (pseudonym Demidenko) wins Australian award for literature, the Miles Franklin Award, for a book on Ukrainian-Jewish relations The Hand That Signed the Paper. Later uncovered to be a hoax.

1995 October - The Odesa National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Theo Kuchar, tours Australia.

1996 January – Australia’s Coca-Cola Amatil opens factory in Lviv, Ukraine.

1996 November - Joint venture signed between oil company “UkrNafta” and “Fountain Oil Boryslav Inc.”.

1996 November - The first President of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, visits Australia.

1997 November – 9th ITU Triathlon World Championships in Perth, WA. Andriy Gluschenko from Ukraine wins Junior category.

1999 January – World Swimming Championships in Perth, WA. Local community hosts Ukrainian swimming team.

The New Millenium

2000 September - Sydney Olympics. Local community hosts athletes from Ukraine.

2004 January – Singer-composer Ron Cahute from Canada tours Australia

2004 January – The Canadian Dance Ensemble Tryzub tours Australia

2004 March – Ukrainian parliamentary and business delegation tours Australia.

2004 March – Ukrainian goodwill ship “Batkivschyna” visits Australia.