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Welcome to the website of the ŠTAMBUK association. We wish to assist Štambuk family members everywhere in exploring their genealogy and the amazing history of our extended family. We are committed to bringing together as many members of the Štambuk family as possible and to uncovering the history of our lineage.

The Founding Assembley

The Founding Assembly of the Štambuk association was held on October the 29th 2012 in Zagreb, at Petrinjska 31, at 7:00 pm.

 

The following members of the association were in attendance:

 

Maja Štambuk, Nataša Štambuk, Dario Štambuk, Mario (Ante) Štambuk, Gorislav Štambuk, Matko Štambuk and Mario (Dario) Štambuk.

The meeting’s agenda:

 

1. A motion to establish the Štambuk association
2. A motion to adopt the statute of the association
3. An election of the members of the governing body of the association
4. A motion to authorize persons to externally represent the association
5. A motion to initiate the legal registration of the association as an entity under Croatian law

 

 

From left: Matko, Mario, Dario, Nataša, Maja, Gorislav and Mario

 

Top from left: Matko and Gorislav Bottom from left: Mario, Maja, Dario, Nataša and Mario

The Presidency

Mario Štambuk

President

MARIO (ANTE) ŠTAMBUK, B.Eng.
I was born on the 1.1.1959 in Zagreb. I spent a portion of my childhood in Selca on the island of Brač. I lived there with my dear grandmother from my second to my eighth year and every day we would attend morning mass together. I remember the villagers of Selca praising my grandfather ‘Roko’ (Kocio) who was a master stone mason. In that era of my life I came to love Brač, Selca, stone and the sea. I returned to Zagreb and continued my schooling there. I graduated from the Engineering faculty of Zagreb University. I work in Croatiainspect as a member of the board of directors. My hobbies are painting and a little bit of sculpting. I am certain that these interests have been inherited in my genes. I am one of the founders of the Štambuk association.

Dario Štambuk

Vice-President

I was born on the 7th of November 1959 in Zagreb. My immediate family is from the island of Brač (my father, Mario, and all my other family predecessors were born in Selca). I feel a special connection to the house that my grandfather Kazimir and grandmother Jelka started building in 1971 in Sumartin. My father and mother Zdenka completed it. I summered in Sumartin from my early years. I visit that house several times a year and every summer all nine members of my immediate family holiday there (this includes my wife Ljiljana and our children: Iva, Mario, Marija, Matej, Andro, Zdenka and Lucija). I feel connected to our small olive groves on the island. My whole family and I take pleasure in cultivating and nurturing them. My sister Darija and her family help us pick the fruits. I am connected with Selca via the genealogy network that I founded in the parish offices there in 1994. This was only possible with the kindness of Don Stanko Jerčić. The parish records now contain more than 1500 people born with the Štambuk family name. I am also one of the founders of the local Štambuk association on Selca. Every year since 2013 I have been helping to organize a Štambuk family gathering there, and every year since 2015, a similar but smaller gathering in Lukavac near Zagreb.

Maja Štambuk

Vice-President

I am Maja Štambuk, a Doctor of Social Sciences, born in 1947 in Selca. My father Ante Tonko comes from the Zorin clan of the Štambuk family, he had the local nickname of ‘from the Palace’, and my mother is from the Vinka clan. My mother’s maiden name, Ursić, carries the nickname ‘Kumejozin'. I have a brother Nikica. His children are Ivana and Tonka. Ivana has a son and Tonko has a daughter, Mirela, who is mother to my first niece. I finished secondary school and university in Zagreb from where I took on employment at the Pilar institute for social sciences. I became a pensioner in 2013. Looking back, Selca and Zagreb equally affected my life. Selca was my ‘little place’ and Zagreb my ‘big place’. Selca is the place of my roots, family and childhood and Zagreb is the place of my loves, friendships, employment and housing. I belong, with equal devotion, to both places and never have they conflicted with each other. Who says that one cannot have two native lands . . . one can . . . of course. It is possible to love each one in its own way, enjoying one’s social company on Pjaca (Split’s main square), walking in procession on the Feast of the Ascension of the Blessed Virgin Mary, attending the Croatia rediviva poetry festival, Radonja bay (on Brač), passing the time in the park in Zagreb as on Ban Jelačić square, by the Sava river, in the upper town, on Sjleme, in the theatres. I am a co-founder of the Štambuk association.

Alba Štambuk

Member of the Presidency

I was born in 1961 in Zagreb. My mother Marija (‘Maca’) is from Slavonski Brod and my father Alberto is from the Šaronjin clan of the Štambuk family. He was the youngest of six brothers all of whom were stone-masons. My earliest memories of Brač are tied to my summer holidays on Selca. The scents and artefacts in our family home evoked my grandmother, whom I never met. In the summer evenings we enjoyed reciting stories and watching the stars over Trtor bay, which were forever hidden by the lights of our street in Zagreb. Whilst I was growing up, I spent the holidays helping my father with the hard work of building a house on an uninhabited bay on Brač. He later changed his work to catering to enchanted guests there. I completed my education in Zagreb and moved to Brno in the Czech Republic at the beginning of the war in Croatia, with my husband. There I gave birth to my daughter Vanda. On my first walk across the Chares Bridge in Prague I was moved: I had returned to my roots! Thirty years later, in the parish of St. Vojtěch, three hundred meters from that bridge, we found a record of the first Štambuk. With my husband Ladislav I founded the first Czech-owned premises for private accommodation in Croatia. There are now more Czech-owned premises on the island of Brač than anywhere else on the coast.

Nataša Štambuk

Member of the Presidency

The Štambuk surname, as with my vital genes, I inherited from my mother Milojke and my great grandmother, Vice, a famed village midwife. I was born and educated in Zagreb, but as of 2014 I have been living in Selca where I work as a tour guide and where I enjoy the benefits of living on an island. I made the decision to move to Brač after years of living abroad in city bustle and smog. I am bound to my family past like a muscle is to rock. I come from a long line of stonemasons and it is just a matter of time before I grasp the mallet and chisel in my hands myself. The bicycle is my favorite means of transport. People from Brač would call it a ‘bicikla’ instead of a ‘bicikl’, as they do in Zagreb. When I am not revealing cultural and natural sights to tourists, I am espousing the benefits of olive oil and the delights of Adriatic cuisine to them.

Drago Štambuk

Member of the Presidency

Drago Štambuk was born on the 20th of September 1950 in the preserved wing of the Štambuk Palace (‘Palazzo Stambucco’) in Selca, on the island of Brač. He completed his first four years of primary school in his birthplace, completing the remaining four years and his secondary school at ‘Vladimir Nazor’ school in Split. He graduated in medicine from the University of Zagreb. He specialized in internal medicine, subspecializing in gastroenterology and hepatology. In 1983 he began researching liver and land-borne diseases (including AIDS) in London. From 1991, during the war in Croatia, he was Croatia’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom. From 1995 to 1998, its Ambassador to India and Sri Lanka, and following that he was its Ambassador to Egypt and a number of other Arabic countries. From 2005 to 2010 he was Ambassador to Japan and South Korea, and from 2011 to 2016, to Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela. He is a lifelong fellow of Harvard University and has published more than 60 poetry books, essays, anthologies and translations and in 1991 he founded the all-Croatian linguistic-poetry festival, ‘Croatia’, which occurs in Selca every summer. Croatian poets from all three linguistic idioms (the Chakavian, Kajkavian and Shtokavian) perform there. The winner is crowned with an olive wreath and their winning verses are engraved on the Wall of Poetry in the village. For over 30 years he has been promoting, what he calls the ‘golden formula’ of the Croatian language. During his diplomatic service in Japan, he founded the international Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award for best English Haiku and he is its permanent adjudicator. He has received numerous national and international honors in the fields of peacekeeping, art and literature and his works have been translated into numerous world languages.

Bruno Štambuk

Member of the Presidency

Bruno Štambuk was born in 1946 in Selca. His father was Miroslav, Miro (‘Mišin’) and his mother Ivanica Nina, née Hržić, was from Povalja. He is married to Nada, née Vuković, with whom he has three children and from them five grandchildren. His father Miro was a famed master stonemason who enriched numerous village churches with his works. Bruno graduated from the Secondary Technical School of Mechanical Engineering in Split. In 1968 he was employed by Jadrankamen where he has spent most of his working life. Between 1985 and 2000 he was the director of the Jadrankamen works unit in Selca. From 1996 he has been active in the local community in Selca and in the Croatian ‘Kulturno-Umjetničko Društvo’ (KUD, ‘Cultural Artistic Association’, in English) which was founded in 1888. He held the office of the mayor of Selca between 2000 and 2005. He is currently president of the local ‘Dobrovoljno Vatregaso Društvo’ (DVD, ‘Volunteer Firefighters Association’) and one of the founders of the Croatian KUD wind orchestra. In 2005 he initiated the establishment of a voluntary blood donor’s group in the municipality, which successfully runs blood donation campaigns annually. In his younger days he uncovered in himself a stonemason’s talent, like a true Štambuk, and he chisels in his cellar.

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