our history

The Australian Croatian Association was formed in 1951 by Australian Croatian migrants seeking a place of gathering with a view to establishing themselves withing the Australian community. From a small office in Latrobe Street to a residence in Albert Park, the community embarked on a project many believed beyond its means.

Volunteers built the Hrvatski Dom or Croatian House in 1976 and from these humble beginnings the club grew into a community venue with over 500 members and weekly patronage ranging from 1000 to 2000 people. The key driver in the long term success of the Hrvatski Dom / Croatian House is its ability to provide an authentic Croatian experience centering on history, family values, good food, drink and friendly staff who make patrons and visitors feel like they have truly come to their second home.

This atmosphere allows not only Australian Croatians to visit, but also the wider community. Over the years the considerable planning in structuring the Association has paved the way for the members to unanimously decide to embark on the great journey of building a modern day club that will take the current community another 30 years into the future.