Vic Viskovich, Broken Hill South Ltd 1935
Carlo still tells me that he arrived in November, and that first Christmas he cried
like a baby and if he'd had the
money he would have gone home.
I decided to come to Broken Hill because I had a friend
there. I stayed with
him one night. He introduced me to an
Italian, Mr Ottowa, who offered me a job in Wilcannia.
We spent four years in the Arabian Desert in that place
called Sinai. Our daughter,
Sinai, was born during that time
and named accordingly. After four years, the Great
government paid the travelling expenses for us to come to
Broken Hill. We
came to this country to start a new life.
Rosina (Rose) Micallef
We came to Broken Hill to see my step-father's friend Tony
Dunkiert and his
wife Anna. They had met in the army in
Germany. You had to have a guarantor for
live and somewhere to work. My uncle's friend was
guarantor for all
three of us.
Three of dad's brothers and his brother-in-law emigrated to
Australia and worked
in the mines at Broken Hill. Two of the
brothers returned to Italy in 1926 and dad
decided that he
too would emigrate to Australia and go to Broken Hill.
My father was a farmer whose crops failed, so when Franko
Farcich suggested he join
him in Broken Hill, my dad saw
this as an opportunity to provide for his family.
When I married Ivan in 1957, I knew his wish was to join his
father in Broken Hill.
I was sad to leave my family, but I was
happy to be joining my husband.
Spiros was so lonely his mother told
him she would send him a good
girl from Greece.
They spoke to my
father and he asked me if I wanted
to go to Australia.
Vasiliki (Vickie) Niarros
My father, Camillo, first came out to Broken Hill in about 1920. He returned to Italy until after the children were born. He came back to Australia in about 1927 because there was not enough work in Italy to feed everyone. - Dina Spagnol
Many migrants left the cane fields in Queensland to come to Broken Hill. - Olga De Franceschi
My parents, Ante and Manda (Begovich) Ravlich were immigrants from the village of Korzica in Dalmatia, the former Yugoslavia. My mother was one of the first women from the former Yugoslavia to settle in Broken Hill. - Millie Alagich