• 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 family to come and make a new life in Melbourne, Australia. Mum had organized everything and 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, Sam was finishing elementary school and Mum had saved his certificate from all those years ago. Ellen told me that she had her Communion and Confirmation both on the same day and thankfully someone took a photo of her all dressed up.  Ellen was a little sad though as Dad was not there to share this special day with her.

Dad tried 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 also 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 6mths old they would start their journey. Nick was put onto Dad's passport as the photo above shows. On 24th October, 1965 they embarked in Messina for the long trip to Australia. They would arrive in Freemantle on 14th November, 1965 before heading into Station Pier, Port Melbourne on 19th November on the ship 'Roma'.

 

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