• An identification card for Mum that she must of needed. It's dated 24th April, 1962.
  • Eleonora was only 10yrs old in this photo as she celebrated her Communion and Confirmation on the same day.
  • Dad's Certificate of Registration of a Hairdresser which he proudly received in December, 1962.
  • Mum looked beautiful on her 1st passport with Ellen, Sam and Frank. It's dated 4th April, 1963.
  • Mum had kept this precious photo which she had sent to Dad in Australia. On the back it says 'love and kisses from your wife Carmela and your kids, Eleonora, Salvatore and Franco'.
  • A certificate Mum had kept of Sam's from when he completed elementary school back in their home town.
  • A sailing schedule for passenger service between Italy and Australia with passage fares from 1964 - 1965 for the ship 'Roma'.
  • Nick was 5mths old when he was added to Dad's passport in September, 1965.
  • Passenger Manifest list from their arrival in November, 1965 aboard the ship 'Roma'.
  • Disembarking passenger list with Dad's name showing down the bottom of the page.
  • Disembarking passenger list showing the rest of the family at the top of the page.
  • An image I found of the ship 'Roma' that the family came to Australia on in 1965.

In early 1964, Dad had made contact with Mum in Italy and had asked her to sell their family home. He wanted her and the kids to come and join him and make a new life in Australia. Mum had organised everything and had sold the family home. Dad though had a last minute change of heart and told Mum not to sell, but Mum said that it was too late. She then had to try and explain to the people that had purchased the house that Dad was coming back to Italy. Thankfully they understood and agreed not to go ahead with the purchase.

In the years when Dad was away for work, Mum tried hard to look after the family and their home.  Ellen told me that she had to have her Communion and Confirmation both on the same day. She was a little sad though as Dad was not there to share this special day with her, but thankfully someone had taken a photo of her all dressed up so that Dad could see her. On another day Mum had to rush Sam to hospital. Ellen remembers it like it was yesterday and tells me that Sam had jumped off a baulo at home and of course he had broken his arm. 

In the fifth photo above, Eleonora is wearing a floral dress which she loved. She recently told me that while Dad was living and working in Dandenong he had bought that material and had it sent over to Mum in Italy. Mum had that special dress made for Ellen from that material. A family member took that photo and it was sent to Dad in Australia with a precious message on the back. It says love from your wife Carmela, Eleonora, Salvatore and Franco, lots of love and kisses.

When Dad first arrived in Dandenong he began working at Volkswagen which then turned into Nissan. He worked there just until he was able to get into the City with some family members as hair models and apply for his Australian Hairdressers licence. He proudly got his certificate in December 1962. 

Dad tried really hard to work and live in Dandenong, but was missing his family back home in Italy. On 25th March 1964 he went to the Italian Consulate in Melbourne to organize all the paperwork for him to go back home. He would arrive in Messina on 2nd May 1964. He must have passed by Malaysia on the way as his passport is stamped with it on 14th April 1964 and it was also stamped Port Said in Tel Aviv on 29th April 1964. Who knew that he had even travelled there. Maybe they were just stop overs and picking up other passengers on the way.

Mum had told me that they were wanting to come to Australia in late 1964. While they were doing all the relevant checks, someone noticed that Mum was pregnant so unfortunately they would not let her travel as it was too risky for the both of them. Mum had told me that she kind of knew that she was, but thought that no-one would notice as she wasn't showing too much. 

Their fourth child Nicola was born on 30th April 1965 and when he turned 6 months old they would start their journey. Nick was put onto Dad's passport as one of the photo above shows. On 24th October 1965 they embarked at Messina for the long trip to Australia. They would arrive in Fremantle on 14th November 1965 before heading into Station Pier, Port Melbourne on 19th November on the ship 'Roma'.


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