In Memorium

Remembering those who were part of and contributed to the
Società Isole Eolie Melbourne since 1925.

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  • MARTELLO Giovanni (1931-2021

    MARTELLO Giovanni (1931-2021

    b. 26 June 1931, Vulcano
    d. 28 July 2021, Melbourne

    Giovanni legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren who have been and are great supports of the club.
  • BENJAMIN Josie (TESORIERO) - 2021

    BENJAMIN Josie (TESORIERO) - 2021

    b. Date of Birth, Place of Birth
    d. 16 March 2021, Melbourne

    Josie (Giuseppina) is the daughter of Stefano Tesoriero who was elected SIE’s first President in the year of its foundation in 1925. His brother (her uncle Giuseppe Tesoriero) was the main instigator to the founding of the SMSIE in 1925. They emigrated to Melbourne after being part of the tightly organised Aeolian community of New York - with Bartolo Dimattina they rallied the support to found a formal body here in Melbourne.

    Josie spent numerous years on the Committee acting as the Treasurer’s assistant, but her main role was Membership Officer.

    Josie featured in the documentary film ‘Amuninni’, which celebrated the club’s 90th Anniversary in 2015. She spoke of the history of the role of women in the Società.
  • LUCA Joe

    LUCA Joe

    b. Date of Birth, Place of Birth
    d. Date of Death, Place of Death
  • BOCCABELLA ANGELA (BROCCIO) 1922-2020

    BOCCABELLA ANGELA (BROCCIO) 1922-2020

    b. 30 October 1922, Lipari
    d. 1 September 2020, Melbourne

    The Società Isole Eolie (SIE) is saddened by the loss of its oldest member and oldest serving Committee Member.

    Angela came to Australia by ship at the age of 10. She was accompanied by her mother and younger sister. Upon arrival, they joined father Santo who had previously come to Australia to prepare the way for the rest of the family. Her two brothers were subsequently born here.

    Like most Aeolians, while attending school, she helped out in their family fruit shop in Elwood. During World War 2, her father was detained, and having been born overseas to “Aliens”, Angela and her sister had to report to the Police Station every week.

    As the eldest child and barely 20 years old, she took a leading role in keeping things going until the War ended in 1945 and the family was reunited.

    Typical of many other Italians, Bernardino her husband, and Angela accommodated fellow immigrants during the critical housing shortage of the late 1940s and 1950s, helping them until they settled down and found their own premises.
  • BARCA Giuseppe (Joe) 1928-2011

    BARCA Giuseppe (Joe) 1928-2011

    b. 14 April 1928, Varisana-Pianoconte, Lipari
    d. 11 June 2011, Melbourne

    Joe came to Australia in the early 1950s and worked all his life in Fruit shops.

    Joe is remembered by the Committee as a very jovial, friendly and family-oriented person. He and his family attended many of the Società’s functions including the Annual Picnic at Keast Park. Joe valued the Società and its achievements and always acknowledged his Aeolian heritage.

    Joe Barca was a very active member in the 1980s and 1990s. Together with his brother-in-law, Bob Natoli (former President) and his son Tony Natoli in the late 90s, Joe attended many meetings.
  • SANTAMARIA GIUSEPPE

    SANTAMARIA GIUSEPPE

    b. Date of Birth, Place of Birth
    d. Date of Death, Place of Death
  • FONTI Giuseppe

    FONTI Giuseppe

    b. Date of Birth, Place of Birth
    d. Date of Death, Place of Death
  • CASAMENTO Marino

    CASAMENTO Marino

    b. Date of Birth, Place of Birth
    d. Date of Death, Place of Death

    Marino was president of the Societa from 1950 to 1951, 1963 to 1970
  • SCAFFIDI Leo 1926-2017

    SCAFFIDI Leo 1926-2017

    b. 4 April 1926, Sant'Angelo Di Brolo, Sicilia, Italy
    d. 10 July 2017, Melbourne

    Leo was Treasurer of the Società from 1983-2005
  • TESORIERO Giuseppe

    TESORIERO Giuseppe

    b. Date of Birth, Place of Birth
    d. Date of Death, Place of Death

    Giuseppe was one of the founders of the Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie. He was president of the Societa from 1926-1927.
  • LUCA Nina (TESORIERO)

    LUCA Nina (TESORIERO)

    b. 28 August 1939, Melbourne
    d. 20 November 2019, Melbourne

    Description
  • CANESTRA Bartolo

    CANESTRA Bartolo

    b. Date of Birth, Place of Birth
    d. Date of Death, Place of Death

    Description
  • DI MATTINA Bartolo 1900-1965

    DI MATTINA Bartolo 1900-1965

    b. 15 October 1900, Place of Birth
    d. 2 May 1965, Melbourne

    One of the founding members of the Società Isole Eolie Mutuo Soccorso.
  • BONGIORNO Antonino

    BONGIORNO Antonino

    b. Date of Birth, Place of Birth
    d. Date of Death, Place of Death

    Description

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