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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


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 stonemason. 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


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 2275 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


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 stonemasons. 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.

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.

Slavko Štambuk

Member of the Presidency

I was born in 1946 in Sumartin on the island of Brač, where I finished the first four grades of elementary school. From the 5th to the 8th grade, I attended elementary school in Selca, and I lived with my grandmother Jožepina Ursić while my grandfather Klement was in the USA, so my childhood and schooling are connected to Selca. I graduated from the technical school of mechanical engineering in Split, and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Rijeka in 1971. In Rijeka, I got a job at the motor equipment factory ``Rikard Benčić``, which produced fuel injection pumps for diesel engines. At the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Rijeka, I also obtained a master's degree in the field of regulation of the speed of rotation of diesel engines. Married to the late Ljubica Štambuk, born Mičetić, we had four children: Ana, Viktor, Marko and Josip. Every summer we come to Brač: to Sumartin, to my parents' house and to Selca, to the house of my grandma and grandpa. My school-age grandchildren look forward to coming to Selca all year long, where they spend the Christmas and Easter holidays in addition to the summer. In the 1980s, while still in high school, my daughter Ana and niece Margita researched genealogy with the help of Don Stanko Jerčić and the late Vjerko Štambuk. My grandfather, Ante Štambuk (master Tone), born in Selca, was an excellent stonemason and organizer of work in the quarry. He was the first to open a quarry in the cadastral municipality of Sumartin in ``Planik``, and with his assistants he made and carved the stone from which the church in Sumartin was built. The quality of work is still visible today after more than 100 years. Between the two world wars, he employed up to 30 workers from Selca. Work in the quarry was continued by my father, Petar Štambuk, who performed fine stone works until 1960. My ancestors were excellent stone masons from Selca, which fills me with pride for them. From 1988, I was employed at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce-Rijeka County Chamber, until my retirement in 2011. I was vice-president of the Croatian Democratic Christian Party. In the County Assembly of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, I was elected as a County Councilor for three mandate periods, and I was also elected as a member or chairman of the County Committees for four mandate periods. In 2001, I passed the bankruptcy administrator's exam at the Ministry of Justice, and since then I have performed the duties of bankruptcy administrator in several companies, as well as the duty of commissioner for companies in pre-bankruptcy settlement procedures, trying to help them not to end up in bankruptcy. Even today, I am a bankruptcy administrator on the list of the Ministry of Justice, in order to complete all court cases that accompany bankruptcy proceedings. Through my work at ``Rikard Benčić`` and HGK, I was connected with innovators and their associations from the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, trying to help them realize their innovations primarily in Croatia.

Siniša Štambuk

Member of the Presidency

I was born in Split, on April 21st, 1966. I am the son of Vladimir and Anka Štambuk (née Šćepanović, from Gornji Humac). I belong to the Žurin clan of the Štambuk family and I have one brother, Goran. He married Romana Štambuk (from the Mišin clan). She is the daughter of Josip (Pino) and Tanja Štambuk. Goran has two children with his wife, Pina and Rita. I spent the first 33 years of my life in Selca, on Brač. I received my secondary education in Pučišća on the island and at the GŠC Ćiro Gamulin school, in Split (a construction and geodetic technical school), where I graduated as a geodetic technician. I worked in Jadrankamen, in Selca and Pušišća until 2000, when I decided to lead a religious life in the Jesuit order. After completing my two-year novitiate in Split, I completed my studies of philosophy (in 2004) and theology (in 2009) in Zagreb. That same year I was ordained a priest. In Rome in 2016, I obtained a bachelor’s (master’s) degree in Ignatius spirituality, at the Pontifical Gregorian University. I am currently performing my ministry as a priest in Osijek (since 2018). Every summer I go to Selca, where I grew up and as a member of the Association I participate in its work.

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