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Despite the impact of Covid-19 over the past 2 years, we want to keep moving forward and doing bigger and better things for our community. I invite you to discover our unique Italian club and visit Eolian hall, which has undergone a major facelift in recent months. Also, notably, we will celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2025 –just three years away.

Our activities are intended to promote and share our Aeolian culture and heritage and to provide social functions for our members and the broader community.

As a second-generation Aeolian, I am keen to keep our culture alive and relevant to current and future generations of Aeolians, their families and friends.  I hope that as the committee reaches out to the broader Aeolian community over the coming months, you will consider us to be part of your extended family and that you will spend some time with us, at our events.

I am very honoured to be President since 2016 and look forward to working with the committee dedicated to meeting your needs over the coming years.

Sam Portelli
President of the Società Isole Eolie


As an organisation serving and promoting Aeolian culture, the SIE is known to most people as the ‘Isole Eolie Club’ or the ‘Aeolian Club’. When founded in 1925, our charter was to be a social, cultural, and welfare point of reference, aiming to help Aeolian migrants settle in Melbourne, offering them a place to meet, as well as providing moral and financial assistance in times of need.

Today as times change and a newer generation is stepping forward, we have a more general focus operating within the wider Italian community, to retain traditional links with the Aeolian Islands and their rich ties with the sea, while keeping alive, in an Australian social setting, customs, and practices, such as our history, music, arts, Mediterranean cuisine, and renowned pastries.

Sam Portelli
Sam Portelli - Societa Isole Eolie President
From Volcanoes, We Sailed -2016 Exhibition
From Volcanoes, We Sailed -2016 Exhibition
1925 First Members of the Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie Melbourne
1925 - First members of the Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie Melbourne (S.M.S.I.E)


Bob Dimattina & Antonio Bongiorno Acland St St Kilda c.1920s
Aeolian Fruiterers
Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
Cudduri Di Pasqua
Aeolian Recipes
Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie - First Picnic at Sunbury
Annual Keast Park Picnic
Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
Discovering My Aeolian History: Video Series
Festa di San Bartolomeo
Festa di San Bartolomeo
From Volcanoes, We Sailed
From Volcanoes We Sailed
Historical Photo Archive
Historical Photo Archive
History of Eolian Hall
History of Eolian Hall
Honour Board
Honour Board
1970 Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie Committee Meeting
In Memoriam
Miss and Mr Isole Eolie 2019
Miss and Mr Isole Eolie
Museo Società Isole Eolie and Resource Centre
Museo Società Isole Eolie and Resource Centre
Notable Aeolian-Australians
Notable Aeolian-Australians

7th Aeolian Genealogy Webinar

Registration has now closed to participate  but if you missed the webinar you can still watch the recordings of the webinar.

$45 (AUD)

To watch the video recordings of the recent 7th Aeolian Genealogy   Webinar please pay $45 AUD using the PayPal or Debit/Credit Card button below and we will send you an exclusive link and password to access the videos.

Discovering My Aeolian History: Video Series

Subscription is now available!

$40 (AUD)

From beginners to advanced family historians, this informative video series will help you to begin and continue searching for your ancestors.

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As a not for profit society, we rely on the generosity of our members and the community to keep our club alive.
We encourage you to be part of the longstanding history of the Società Isole Eolie (SIE)– one of the oldest running Italian social clubs in Australia, by coming along to our vast variety of events we host every year.

Being a member of the Societa Isole Eolie allows you to:

  • Support the club and keep it alive
  • Receive discount entry to many of our events
  • Attend for FREE our Christmas Member’s BBQ in November
  • Get a 20% discount for hall hire of Eolian Hall (A minimum of 2 years membership is required).
  • Attend our Annual General Meeting (every year) and Elections (every second year) in September

We hold many various events throughout the year for all ages and all interests.

Membership Cost:
The cost of membership is $30 per person and is valid for a whole calendar year (1st Jan – 31st Dec)
You can become a member at any time of the year.

If you would like to become a sponsor or advertise your business, please go to our Sponsorship page HERE

Bring the whole family
Cooking Demonstrations


From Volcanoes We Sailed:
Connecting Aeolian Generations
La Società Isole Eolie di Melbourne
Rai Italia – Aired 11 April 2017
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Ammunini Trailer
A DVD is available to purchase
1955 Societa Isole Eolie Annual Picnic
Societa Isole Eolie Picnic
2019 La Famiglia Luncheon
You are able to watch more of our videos on our YouTube Channel. 
(Please click the Youtube logo to go to our channel)
You are able to watch more of our videos on our YouTube Channel. (Please click the Youtube logo to go to our channel)


Eolian Hall Improvement Program
1958 Italy vs China Football Match
Mayor of Lipari Visit to Melbourne
90th Anniversary Celebrations
SIE at Piers Festival 2015
2013 Eolian Heritage Study Program


Eolian Hall is located close to Melbourne’s CBD at 836 Lygon Street, Carlton North and available for hire for any event, occasion or activity. Just up the road from Melbourne’s “Little Italy”. Additionally to the hall space an optional commercial-grade kitchen, bar and audio-visual screen and projector can be added to your hall hire.

The main hall space is naturally lit, measuring 10m x 25m (250 m²) and can suit your function no matter what the occasion. The hall includes a 50 square meter dance floor and a stage. The hall can accommodate a maximum of 230 people for a sit-down dinner or a cocktail.


We would like to greatly thank our current sponsors for their contribution and generosity to the Società Isole Eolie Melbourne.

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