I sailed from Genoa on the "Sydney". - Jagoda Vlatko
We left on the "Orsova" on the 22nd of May, 1961. The trip out wasn't very easy.
The ﬁrst few days were really sad, because we left our family. It was an
English ship so we couldn't talk to anybody because we didn't know the language.
I left Messina, Italy at the end of July on the "Toscana". The trip was rough and slow.
The food was alright but because it was so rough, no sooner was it taken in than it
came out! The ship took forty days to reach Melbourne.
Giuseppe (Joe) Franze
On Dad's journey out to Australia, the ship broke its tail shaft and stayed in
Ceylon (Sri Lanka) for a couple of months. Dad remembered going into the forests
of Ceylon eating big snails. These were two or three inches in diameter and that's what they lived on.
Louis (Lou) Forner
There was not really any sadness when I left my country for Australia. I was
happy to come here because I knew I was beginning a new life: starting again, and
I would meet my father.
I sailed on the Greek ship "Tasmania". There were ﬁve hundred men and two
thousand girls! I had a fantastic time and I didn't want the trip to end.
I sailed on a German ship the "Fair Sea", and celebrated my twenty ﬁrst
birthday on the boat. There were ﬁve hundred Italian men on the ship,
from twenty one to thirty years of age, no younger or no older. There was not one
Italian family or Italian female on board.
Dino De Franceschi
One night water was coming to the level of the window and it was like mud.
The ship was swaying and I said, "We'll drown tonight!" The children
were sleeping; it didn't worry them but I went into the passage and prayed
the ﬁfth mystery of the Rosary so that the ship would not sink!
I came out on an English ship, the "Orion".
I enjoyed going to
the lounge after dinner to watch the dancing.
and asked me to dance but I was too shy. I
father's words. "Don't trust anyone; don't
have a drink and
don't get too excited dancing, because if
I will jump in the river."
Vasiliki (Vickie) Niarros
Michelina Zahra in centre of Maltese migrants on the "Columbia" in the 1950s
I sailed from Genoa on the "Sydney" - Jagoda Vlatko
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