Newspapers and Facebook

Information needs of Croats in the past and today are different. However, there are also some similarities. Here are some texts with similar content from old New Zealand newspapers and from Facebook pages of New Zealand Croatian clubs.

Figure 1. Thanks to new members or subscribers:

Napredak, vol. 2, no. 2 (January 23, 1907); The United Front, vol. 1, no. 9 (June 25, 1942); Facebook post (Dalmatian Cultural Society, December 5, 2018)


Figure 2. Advertisements for new books:

Napredak, vol. 2, no. 31 (October 30, 1907); Facebook post (Dalmatian Cultural Society, October  23, 2018)


Figure 3. Death notices of important members of the Croatian community:

Napredak, vol. 2, no. 33 (November 13, 1907); Facebook post (Dalmatian Cultural Society, October 23, 2018)


Figure 4. Clothes advertisements:

Napredak, vol. 2, no. 3 (February 6, 1907); Facebook post (Dalmatian Cultural Society, October 28, 2018)

Figure 5. Christmas and New Year greetings:

Zora, vol. 1, no. 12 (December 20, 1913); Facebook post (Canterbury Croatian Society, December 24, 2018)

Figure 6. Learning languages (English then, Croatian today):

Napredak, vol. 4, no. 6 (February 6, 1909); link shared on Facebook (Canterbury Croatian Society, December 15, 2018)


Figure 7. Croatia in our hearts:

Napredak, vol. 2, no. 18 (July 24, 1907), beginning of a poem, author T. Despot; Facebook post (Canterbury Croatian Society, November 27, 2018)


Figure 8. Photos of Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb (the same building is in the back):

The United Front, vol. 1, no. 21 (December 3, 1942); Facebook post (Tarara Folklore Ensemble, August 1, 2018)

Figure 9. Call for a subscription:

Vjesnik, vol. 1, no. 3 (June 1946); Facebook post (Hrvatski Vjesnik Croatian Herald, February 29, 2020)

Figure 10. Call for contributions for a memory book:

The United Front, vol. 2, no. 9 (June 25, 1942.);  Facebook post (Dalmatinsko kulturno društvo, August 2, 2020)


Figure 11. Tug of war

Pučki list, no. 7 (1898); Facebook post (Dalmatinsko kulturno društvo, January 18, 2022)

Translation of the above text:

Here I am sending good news from the faraway New Zealand… Every year we challenged the English to a tug of war, but they always refused, saying they couldn’t compete with us. To our great delight, this year they agreed to do so… and we set the date of the competition to Boxing Day… We chose thirteen of our fiercest youths. Here are their names: Ilija Kuluz, Nikola Vojković and Frano Kumarić from Sućuraj, Ivan Curin from Gdinja on Hvar, Matij Drešo and Jure Franić from Račišće on Korčula, Ivan Visković Tomin from Podaca, Luka Lović from Igran, Luka Suhor from Nakovanj, Nikola Šaržunić from Vrboska, Ivan Vicetović from Pelješac, Mate Perić from Vis and Vicko Šeput from Vrućica. At exactly 3 P.M., the English flag and the Croatian tri-colour were flown and the tug of war began. Luckily, our young Dalmatian hawks prevailed three out of five times, all the while cheering loudly: “Long live Croatia!” Even the English cheered our boys on: “Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!” When the competition ended, the English gave our boys the money they’ve earned and then they all ate and drank their fill like brothers in the tavern, praising our beloved homeland Croatia and its cradle, Dalmatia… We hope that the news of this event will bring you joy too…