It is my honor and great pleasure to introduce the website of the Turkish Association of South Australia (TASA) which was formally established in 1979.

The principal aims of TASA are to preserve and develop Turkish culture and heritage, assist members of our community in orientation and settlement into the wider Australian community and the advancement of the cultural, educational and social well-being of the Turkish Community in South Australia.

Our Association welcome all individuals without any prejudice and discrimination irrespective of their race, culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, economic and educational status. We have a high number of members who are not from Turkish background or Turkish speakers but wish to be part of TASA and its activities for many reasons. Some of these members lived in Turkey or have some connections to Turkey or Turkish culture.

I came to Australia many years ago when there were no Turkish speaking people in Adelaide. I had experienced social isolation in my first years of arrival and for this reason I put so much emphasis on social inclusion and my desire to work in social isolation programs was fulfilled 20 years after I came to Australia. Having worked in the education and community sector for many years in various positions including as an advocate, senior social worker, qualified Interpreter/translator and a lecturer, my personal and professional experience has enabled me to utilize my skills, knowledge and network to assist and support the members of the Turkish Community in different areas and I will continue to do so as long as I am able to.

To date, TASA has conducted a Turkish language school, hosted sports teams such as soccer and volleyball, a Radio program through 5EBI FM, a National dance group, women’s group and more. Many of our past and present members have contributed to the preparation and presentation of the radio program on Sunday nights. They have also assisted in teaching the Turkish language on a voluntary basis for many years.

TASA is working closely with Veteran Affairs and the Return Soldiers Leigh (RSL), especially members of 9RAR. TASA takes parts in Commemoration ceremonies, ANZAC day, Youth Vigil Service, flag ceremony and many more.

TASA has proven success with a few stand out projects in the past. During 2005, under the leadership of Prof. Dr Kemal Turker together with RSL 9RAR, five Turkish veterans were brought to Australia to march during ANZAC day and later on two round stone plugs were placed in the Pennington Gardens, opposite the football stadium, carved with the words of the great leader of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s tribute to mothers in far away counties.

Under my leadership TASA had achieved the following projects:

  • Worked collaboratively with the University of South Australia during 2012 and as a result 12 University students went to Turkey to do joint research project on WW1 with the Turkish University students from 18 March University in Canakkale.
  • During 2014, TASA held a Turkish festival at the Migration Museum where more than 1000 people have entered the gates.
  • Taught Turkish language from Primary level to Tertiary level.

Currently the members of the Community meet once a month at the Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia for a social get-together. Every month a guest speaker usually attends to present information about a particular topic. These meetings provide a good opportunity for people to socialize with one another, grow out of isolation, especially for newly-arrived people to meet other members of the community, establish friendships, gain knowledge and have a better understanding of life in Australia and contribute to wider community.

I am proud to admit that my determination and many years of work in Multicultural sector, Turkish and Veteran communities was recognized and I was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) from the General Governor who represents Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.

In 2005 I also received an award from the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA) for assisting in Multicultural policies and practices.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and say thank you to each and every one, past and present who contributed to TASA and its activities. TASA has been built on the strong foundation of hard work of past members.

I sincerely hope the website will give you some insight to the Turkish Association of South Australia.

Your sincerely,

Tanya Ayşen Kaplan OAM





Greetings. It’s a great honour to be the Patron of the most excellent Turkish Association of SA. I love Turkey, the Turks and especially the Turco-Australian community in South Australia which is a small but dedicated group so proud of both countries. There is no better example of a co-operative national organisation among so many in our multicultural society. You help people, bring people together and celebrate with all. TASA enriches South Australia. It’s been marvellous to see TASA grow and see the Turkish community rightly given precedence on ANZAC Day and to be embraced by the Spirit of Gallipoli thanks to those warm-hearted diggers Warren Featherby and Mick Mummery. We’ve laughed and loved with visiting Turkish Korean War veterans and we rejoice as our nation shares Ataturk’s words at Gallipoli – the most healing words ever spoken about war. No-one has ever been to modern Turkey and not loved it. “Smiling may they come and smiling may they go”. I loved it so much when I was so honoured to live there in the 90s. A piece of my heart is always there. I congratulate and thank all TASA members especially Aysen Kaplan OAM who leads us so remarkably, so generously and so lovingly. “Happy is he/she who can say; ‘I am a Turk'” wherever you are.


Gülten (Gül) has been an active member of the Turkish community in South Australia for many years. Born and raised in Adelaide to parents of Turkish descent, she has worked alongside her aunty Tanya Kaplan (the President of TASA) in organising various events for the community to include Turkish nights, cultural days and monthly meet-ups. She is the Founder and Administrator of the Facebook group for the Turkish Association of South Australia and assists new and existing members with various enquiries regarding living, working and studying in South Australia. Her group is also a popular platform where members can connect with one another and stay informed about upcoming events. Gülten owns Istanbul Lounge, a café in Adelaide’s east which she lovingly refers to as her “little piece of Istanbul in Adelaide”. She enjoys connecting visitors to the café that have an interest in Turkey to the Association so they can benefit from participating in the community. Gülten is also the owner and director of Belly Dance Elysium, one of Australia’s leading schools of belly dance. She and her co-dancers take great pride in representing the Turkish community through dance at high profile events such as OzAsia and the Adelaide City Council Multicultural Festival.

Gulten has a bachelor degree in Languages and Intercultural Communication from the University of South Australia


Istanbul, Turkiye de dogdum ve buyudum. Ilk ve orta ogrenimimi Turkiye de, Yuksek ogrenimimi Isvicre de tamamladim. Turkce, Ingilizce, Almanca ve Fransizca konusuyorum. 18 Yil once ailemle Avustralya ya goc ettikten sonra cesitli sektorler de finans alaninda calistim. Iki oglum ve iki torunum var.

Her zaman ihtiyaci olan insanlara yardim etmek konusunda cok duyarliydim ve bu nedenle, Turkiye ve Avustralya da cesitli yardim kuruluslarinda aktif roller alarak , toplum kuruluslarina desteklerde bulundum. Hali hazirda da, calisma saatlerimi azaltarak, daha cok toplum projelerine katkida bulunuyorum ve psikolojik danismanlik okuyorum. Ayni zamanda da Lightsview Rotary Klubunun mali isleriyle ilgileniyorum.

TASA nin bir parcasi olmaktan gurur duyuyorum ve umuyorumki, guzel projelere imza atmaya devam edecegiz.

I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. I have completed my primary and secondary education in Turkey and Bachelor of Business Studies in Switzerland. I speak Turkish, English, German and French. 18 years ago, I migrated with my family to Australia, and worked in several industries as a Finance Officer. I have two sons and two grandchildren.

I always had the desire to help people in need and have been involved in several Fundraisings in Turkey as well as Australia. Currently, I am semi-retired and looking forward to completing my study of Diploma of Counselling. As an active supporter of Community Organisations, I am also a member and treasurer of Rotary Club of Lightsview. I feel privileged to become a member of TASA and hope to continue to support the Turkish Community in South Australia in future.


I was born and raised in Kastamonu, Turkey. I have a Bachelor degree of business from Abant Izzet Baysal University. Following my graduation I worked at PepsiCo for 3 years.

In 2011 at the age of 24, I have decided to move across the world and came to Adelaide to learn English. Few months later my arrival I have met Jason, fell in love and stayed. I have decided to change career and studied child care and worked in the Industry for 2 years until our son Ash Cinar was born in 2016. I have become a stay at home mother after his birth but always wanted to do more.
In 2017 I decided to take my passion for cooking to another level and started my home based business Nar Delights.
In 2021 our daughter River Melek has joined our family.
Today, as a full time mother, I continue to work from home to grow my business, teach Turkish cooking at WEA and try my best to help our community any way I can.
Kastamonuda dogdum ve buyudum. Abant Izzet Baysal Universitesi Isletme bolumunden mezun olduktan sonra 3 yil PepsiCo da calistim.
2011 yilinda ingilizce ogrenmek icin Adelaide a geldim. Gelisimden bir sure sonra Jason la tanistim, asik olduk ve kalmaya karar verdim.
Adelaide da aldigim ingilizce egitiminden sonra, kariyer degistirmeye karar vererek okul oncesi egitmenligi sertifikasi aldim. 2 yil bu alanda calistim.
2016 yilinda oglumuz Ash Cinar dogduktan sonra isi biraktim. Oglumuzun dogumundan 1 yil sonra, yemek yapmaya olan ilgimi baska bir seviyeye tasimaya karar verdim ve ev sirketim Nar Delights dogdu.2021 de kizimiz River Melek ailemize katildi.
Bugun, anneligin yani sira, Nar Delights i buyutmek icin calisiyor, bir yetiskin egitim merkezi olan WEA de ilgilenenlere Turk yemekleri yapmayi ogretiyor ve toplulugumuza katkida bulunmak icin elimden geleni yapiyorum.

I was born and bred in Istanbul, Turkey and studied Public Relations and Advertising at Marmara University.  I am married to a British guy, Matt, and have a 7-year-old son, Emir Kai. We lived in Dubai (7 years) and Melbourne (1 year) before moving to Adelaide in Feb’ 2018. I have been lucky to acquire genuine friends and employers and be part of inspiring, culturally and linguistically diverse communities in each city I have lived. Although I have almost 20 years of experience working in Marketing and Communication sector, our recent move to Adelaide has inspired me to follow my passion, which is to support people from a refugee background. Thankfully, the karma worked again, and I started working for the STTARS (Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service) with different cultural groups who had to flee their home countries. Meanwhile, I am studying Community Services at TAFE at the moment.

I feel privileged to be a part of the TASA, which is nurtured by valuable members of the thriving Turkish community. TASA guides and supports every person who needs a helping hand in South Australia. This always reminds me of the powerful African sayings, “If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.”

Doğma büyüme İstanbulluyum. Marmara Üniversitesi’nde Halkla İlişkiler ve Reklamcılık okudum. Eşim Matt ile 7 yaşında Emir Kai adında bir oğlumuz var. Şubat 2018’de Adelaide’e taşınmadan önce Dubai’de (7 yıl) ve Melbourne’da (1 yıl) yaşadık. Yaşadığım her şehirde hakiki dostluklar ve işverenler edindigim, farklı kültürel toplulukların bir parçası olduğum için kendimi şanslı hissediyorum. Pazarlama ve İletişim sektöründe neredeyse 20 yıllık bir deneyime sahip olmama rağmen, Adelaide’e tasinmamiz, bana, mülteci geçmişine sahip insanlara destek olma tutkum konusunda harekete geçmem için ilham verdi. Her zaman oldugu gibi, karma tekrar çalıştı ve STTARS’da (İşkence ve Travmadan Kurtulanlara Yardım ve Rehabilitasyon Servisi) kendi ülkelerinden ayrılmak zorunda kalan farkli kültürlerdeki mülteci gruplarıyla çalışma fırsatı yakaladım. Bu arada da TAFE’de Sosyal Hizmetler okuyorum.

Güney Avustralya’da gelişen Türk toplumunun değerli üyelerinden oluşan TASA’nın bir parçası olduğum için kendimi ayrıcalıklı hissediyorum. TASA, Güney Avustralya’da yardıma ihtiyacı olan herkese destek olup, rehberlik ediyor. Bu bana her zaman, “Hızlı gitmek istiyorsan, yalnız git; ama uzağa gitmek istiyorsan birlikte git.” diyen Afrika atasözünü hatırlatır.


Kateryna Tyshchenko is a professional linguist, interpreter and language tutor. She was born in Siberia, then spent her childhood in Crimea. After getting her Masters in Turkish language and literature she started working at the Turkish governmental agency, providing international technical assistance. She has 9 years of working experience in the sector of international aid and a PhD in linguistics from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. 

Kateryna Tyshchenko profesyonel bir dilbilimci, tercüman ve dil öğretmenidir. Sibirya’da doğdu, çocukluğunu Kırım’da geçirdi. Türk dili ve edebiyatı alanında yüksek lisansını yaptıktan sonra, uluslararası teknik destek sağlayan Türk devlet kurumunda çalışmaya başladı. Uluslararası yardım sektöründe 9 yıllık iş deneyimine, ayrıca dilbilim alanında Kiev Milli Taras Şevçenko Üniversitesince verilen Doktora derecesine sahiptir. 




Doğma büyüme İstanbulluyum. İstanbul da rehberlik yapıyordum. Evlilk vasıtasıyla 1979 Aralık ayında Avustralya’ya geldim. Uçak Sydney’e inerken Avustralya’nın inanılmaz orman yangınlarını gördüm. Eşime endişeli gözlerle baktım, o “her yaz olur burada, normaldir” dedi. Sakinliğine şaşırdım. 3 gün Sydney de kaldıktan sonra, memleketi olan Barossa Valley’e gittik. Orada bazı geçici işlerde çalıştıktan sonra Adelaide’e geldik. Grosvenor Hotel de iş buldum. Otele gelen Türklerle tanışmak gayet güzeldi. İstanbul’dan tanıdığım arkadaşlarla temasa geçtim. TASA’ya katıldım ve uzun yıllar görev yaptım. Özellikle Türkçe Radyo programlarını hazırlayıp sunmak çok zevkliydi. 1995 senesinde ikinci eşim olacak nişanlımla İstanbul’a gittik. Niyetimiz 6 ay içinde onun vize işlemlerini tamamlayıp Adelaide’e geri dönmekti. Evdeki hesap çarşıya uymadı ve 2 buçuk sene sonra Amerika’nın yolunu tuttuk. Birmingham, Alabama da 21 sene kaldım. Orada da Alabama Türk Derneğinin faal bir elemanı oldum. 2018 de Adelade’e geri geldim.Sayın Başkanımız Tanya Kaplan’ın çalışmaları dolayısıyla Türk Radyosu tekrar 5EBI-FM de başlayacak ve tekrar sizlere güzel sunumlar dinletmeyi arzuluyorum.



I was born and bred in Istanbul, where I used to guide tourists mainly camping tours that were popular at the time. I arrived in Australia in December 1979, by way of marriage. I witnessed the unbelievable bush fires in NSW as the plane was descending to land in Sydney. I looked at my wife worried about the fires and I was surprised at her calmness as she said “It happens every summer here, it’s normal!” We went to Barossa Valley where she’s from, following our visit to Sydney for 3 days. We moved to Adelaide after working casual jobs there. I got employed at the Grosvenor Hotel in Adelaide. It was nice to meet the Turks that came to the hotel. I caught up with a few friends who already migrated to Adelaide. I found out about TASA and helped out several years, especially by preparing and presenting Turkish Radio programs at 5EBI-FM. In 1995, I went to Istanbul with my fiancee who would be my second wife. Our intention was to get her Australian visa and return to Adelaide in 6 months. Unfortunately, not everything went as we hoped and 2 and a half years later we moved to the U.S.A. I lived in Birmingham, (sweet home) Alabama for 21 years. I became an active member of the Turkish American Association of Alabama. I moved back to Adelaide in 2018. Turkish Radio Programme will start again on 5EBI-FM due to hard work by our dear President Tanya Kaplan OAM. I look forward to broadcasting enjoyable presentations to you, on Turkish Radio.

Yours Sincerely



Volkan Demir is a multi-directional scientist and instructional developer who has additional skills in IT systems, web design and social media. He was an assistant professor/researcher in marine sciences and management for 15 years. He worked as a board member, coordinator, manager roles in governmental and private institutions. He also holds a B.Sc in Sociology.

“Bütün milletler arasında en namuslu ve dostluk kurmada tereddüt edilmeyecek olan yalnızca Türklerdir. Henüz yabancı tesiri altında kalmamış olan bir köye gidecek olursanız; gerçek misafirperverliğin ne demek olduğunu orada görüp öğrenirsiniz.”

– William Martin Leake


Bizimle iletişime geçin

TASA, Avustralya’nın geleneksel sahiplerini saygı ile kabul etmektedir.

LGBTIQA+ topluluklarının üyelerine kapımız açıktır. TASA, insanları cinsiyetleri veya cinsel yönelimleri konusunda ayrımcılık yapmamaktadır.