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    50th ANNIVERSARY RE-UNION

    [1946-1996]

    FIRST POST-WAR ARRIVALS TO AUSTRALIA

    FROM MALTA and GOZO

    1995, mainstream Australia commemorated the 50th anniversary of post-war migration to Australia. Our Maltese community was also among the first to arrive on these shores. In fact. the first boat with Maltese immigrants arrived in Australia on the 8th of February 1946, a date which is gnificant in Australian-Maltese migration history.

    To commemorate this event, a reunion was organised for Sunday lst December 1996 at La Valette Social Centre, 175 Walters Road, Blacktown NSW at 5.00pm.

    To date, contact has been made with some post-war Rangitiki pioneers and their settlement experiences are being recorded for oral history purposes. Contact with others has yet to be made and the Maltese community is being asked to participate by letting us know of any who came on the Rangitiki so that the migration history records become complete.

    The boat was a New Zealand troopship carrying 61 Maltese and many war brides. Some of the Maltese were former residents of Australia and were joining their families at long last. Here is the program of the commemorative evening:-

    PROGRAM

    Visits Maltese Chaplaincy at La Valette Social Centre Inc.

    Meets Maltese Community Council of NSW Delegates

    Official Welcome by Mark Caruana, President La Valette Social Centre

    Maltese -Australian Heritage Preservation by Dr Barry York, Australian National University

    Brief Snapshots from Rangitiki Pioneers by George Griffiths, Research & Author - Migration History

    Ghana Spirtu Pront by La Valette Folksingers

    Presentation of Official Sponsorship by Mr Emmanuel Ciappara, Head Bank Of Valletta. Sydney

    Keynote Address by Prof Fr Peter Serracino Inglott, former Rector of the University of Malta

    Refreshments


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    MESSAGE by AUGUSTA FENECH

    My name is AUGUSTA Fenech, maiden name GAUCI, and I was one of the passengers on the Rangitiki.

    First of all, I would like to congratulate Mark Caruana for organising this re-union to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first post-war ship with Maltese migrants - Rangitiki - and for the invitation to me and all my family. Congratulations also to all of you that migrated to Australia on the Rangitiki soon after the War, knowing full well of the dangers that lurked in the sea.

    I was only a 12-year-old child at the time and didn't understand how dangerous the sea voyage was then, but thank God we got to Australia SAFE. I came back to Australia with my Mum, Mary Gauci, and my two sisters, my eldest sister, Theresa [now deceased] and a younger sister Nancy.

    Mum and Dad, Mary and Charles Gauci. and my sister Nancy cannot be with you tonight as they have over an hour's drive, and the drive is too long for Dad. They wish all the migrants from the Rangitiki all the best. I wish we could havebeen there with but we live in far north Queensland, near Cairns, which is quite some distance from NSW.

    I still remember that all the women and children were in two cabins and not much room to move around. as it was a troopship and had not been converted to a passenger ship. In one of the cabins, we were 28 women and children, and the other cabin had 32, and the men were down below.

    I'm not quite sure but I think there were only 10 children on the ship, Theresa Bezzina, Rose Aquilina. my two sisters and myself, and a baby. From what I can recall, my oldest sister, Theresa Bezzina and I used to go there to the picture, and one of the stewards used to give us crackers, cheese and olives. We were so pleased at having such a big feed.

    I wish you all a great night for all of you. I wish everyone of you all the best. Have a wonderful time. God bless. GRAZZI.

    AUGUSTA FENECH GAUCI

    Mareeba, North Queensland

           LIST OF MALTESE PASSENGERS ON THE RANGITIKI
    Departed Malta: 10th January 1946         Arrived in Melbourne: 8th February 1946

    No

    Official name

    Occupation

    Born in

    Age

    Destination

    I

    Albani, Harry Mr

     

    Haz-Zabbar

    36

    Sydney

    2

    Albani, Carmela Mrs

     

     

    35

    Sydney

    3

    Albani, Michael Mister

    child

     

    8

    Sydney

    4

    Albani, Mary Miss

    child

     

    7

    Sydney

    5

    Matilde Miss

    child

     

    5

    Sydney

    6

    Aquilina, Joseph Mister

    child

     

    9

    Sydney

    7

    Aquilina, Bartholomew

    child

     

    8

    Sydney

    8

    Aquilina, Rose Miss

    child

     

    6

    Sydney

    9

    Camilleri, Carmela Mrs

    housewife

    Gozo Gharb

    28

    Sydney

    10

    Camilleri, Michael Mister

    child

    Australia-born

    8

    Sydney

    I

    Carabott, Salvino Mr

    fisherman

    Marsaxlokk

    24

    Sydney

    12

    Caruana, Vincenza Mrs

     

    Zejtun

    62

    Sydney

    13

    Caruana, Angelina Mrs

     

    Zejtun

    35

    Sydney

    14

    Caruana, Francis Mr

     

    Zejtun

     

    Sydney

    15

    Cassar, Rev Robert OC

    Carmelite priest

    Senglea

    27

    Sydney

    16

    Chircop, Edgar Mr

    D'yard recorder

    Cospicua

     

    Sydney

    17

    Chircop, Joseph Mr

     

    Cospicua

    29

    Sydney

    18

    Cuschieri Bartolornew Mr

    barber

    Gharghur

    27

    Sydney

    19

    Sciberras, Norma Miss

     

     

    19

    Sydney

    20

    Scicluna, Edward Mr

     

    Harnrun

    49

    Sydney

    21

    Xuereb, Michael Mr

     

    Xewkija, Gozo

    30

    Sydney

    22

    Galea, Anthony Mr

    market gardener

    Mgarr Malta

    22

    Sydney

    23

    Pace, John Mr

    dockyard fitter

    Siggiewi

    23

    Sydney

    24

    Grech,Pacifico Mr

     

     

    20

    Brisbane

    25

    Buhagiar, Anthony Mr

     

     

    28

    Brisbane

    26

    Bezzina, Carla Mrs

    housewife

    Attard

    29

    Brisbane

    27

    Bezzina, Teresa Miss

    child

    Mosta.

    9

    Brisbane

    28

    Bezzina, Joseph Mister

    child

    Mosta

    8

    Brisbane

    29

    Bezzina, Mary Miss

    child

    Mosta.

    6

    Brisbane

    30

    Gauci, Mary Mrs

    housewife

    Mosta.

    33

    Brisbane

    31

    Gauci, Teresa Miss

    child

    Australia-born

    13

    Brisbane

    32

    Gauci, Agostina Miss

    child

    Australia-born

    12

    Brisbane

    33

    Gauci, Nancy Miss

    child

    Australia-born

    8

    Brisbane

    34

    Mallia, John Mr.

     

     

    27

    Brisbane

    35

    Mallia, Mary Mrs.

     

     

    24

    Brisbane

    36

    Mallia, Grace Miss

    child

     

    4

    Brisbane

    37

    Mallia, Louis Mister

    baby

     

    1

    Brisbane

    38

    Mercieca, Joseph Mr

     

     

    31

    Brisbane

    39

    Muscat, Judith Miss

    child

     

    7

    Melbourne

    40

    Muscat, Francis Mister

    child

     

    7

    Melbourne

    41

    Muscat, Mary Miss

    child

     

    5

    Melbourne

    42

    Bowden, Rhoda Mrs

     

     

    74

    Melbourne

    43

    Russell, Mabel Miss

     

     

    73

    Melbourne

    44

    Oberhuber, Rhoda Mrs

     

     

    51

    Melbourne

    45

    Ebejer, Carmel Mr

     

    Cospicua

    23

    Melbourne

    46

    Ebejer, Manuel Mr

     

    Cospicua.

    23

    Melbourne

    47

    Micallef, Jane Miss

     

     

    39

    Melbourne

    48

    Muscat, Joseph Mr

     

     

    35

    Melbourne

    49

    Muscat, Frances Mrs

     

     

    27

    Melbourne

    50

    Caruana, Consiglia Mrs

     

     

    52

    Adelaide

    51

    Caruana, Angelo Mr

     

    Zejtun

    23

    Adelaide

    52

    Caruana, Carmela Miss

     

    Zejtun

    21

    Adelaide

    53

    Cutajar, Michael Mr

     

    Hal-Lija

    31

    Adelaide

    54

    Cutajar, Angelina Mrs

     

    Zejtun

    30

    Adelaide

    55

    Cutajar, SaIvu Mister

    child

    Zejtun

    2

    Adelaide

    56

    Chetcuti, Leone Mr

     

     

    39

    Adelaide

    57

    Chetcuti, Connie Mrs

     

     

    29

    Adelaide

    58

    Zammit,Giuseppa Mrs

     

     

    54

    Adelaide

    59

    Zammit,Salvina Miss

     

     

    33

    Adelaide

    60

    Zammit, Carmelo Mr

     

     

    23

    Adelaide

    61

    Attard, Mary Mrs

     

     

    32

    Tasmania

    62

    Attard, George Mr.

    child

     

    11

    Tasmania

    63

    Attard, Dolores Miss

    child

     

    9

    Tasmania

    64

    Attard, Rose Miss

    child

     

    7

    Tasmania


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