It’s no secret that swathes of Maltese men and women upended their entire lives to start a new chapter halfway across the world in Australia – but hearing the reasons why gives a powerful insight into their motivations.
A recently-unearthed clip posted by Malta Audio Visual Memories shows a Maltese journalist from MTV – the precursor to Malta’s current TVM – speaking to a group of young men ahead of their trip to another continent.
Suave, smoking cigarettes and looking confident, the men explain why they decided to take the plunge.
Speaking to the reporter, one man explained why he was ready to work in hard manual labour in Australia as he was used to that kind of work on the island.
“I’ve always worked in tough conditions, I’m used to this kind of work,” said one man.
Similarly, another man, who said he was from Msida, said he worked in a quarry with rocks. One man was clear about his dreams: “I’m going to find my fortune.”
Another man explains how he had recently lost his job and needed to find work.
Maltese immigration to Australia reached its peak during the 1960s. The majority of Maltese immigrants reside in Melbourne and Sydney, and continue to hold Maltese culture and traditions close to their hearts.
Do you have any family that moved to Australia back in the 1960s?