Contributed by Anthony Said. This story is part of a collection of stories from the Skola Maltija’s Maltese Migration Projects From Malta to Australia.
I interviewed Nanna Louise Vella
Where did you live in Malta?
I lived in Santa Lucia, Kercem, Gozo.
Tell me about your life before coming to Australia?
I used to go to school until the age of 18. In my spare time I used to help my dad in the farm. My dad had a lot of farmland, and he had a lot of work to do.
When did you leave Malta?
I left Malta on the 24th of February 1971.
How old were you when you left Malta?
21 years of age.
Why did you migrate to Australia?
I came to Australia as I met my husband who had already experienced what Australia was like. We got married and planned to come to live in Australia for 5 years. We started to have a family and we decided to stay longer and longer.
How did you travel here?
By aeroplane it felt like a very long trip because I was used to the small island of Gozo.
Where did you live when you first arrived in Australia?
Wentworthville, New South Wales.
What were your first impressions on Australia?
I didn’t like Australia at first because it was very different to Malta. Then I started to have my family and I got used to living in Australia.
What was your first job in Australia?
I used to work as a machinist at Bonds.
Is there anything else you would like to tell me?
Yes, I will never forget Malta as this is my birthplace and home. Australia is my home as well as I also have my family here.
Grazzi Nanna: thankyou
By Anthony Said