|Country of Origin||France|
|Date of Birth||14/02/60|
|Year of Arrival in Australia||1969|
|Submitted by||Amleto Conticello|
My family left Paris because times were hard we went to live with family in Italy. This was a three bedroom apartment and there were ten people living in it. We were poor but very happy with a large extended family, no way of finding private rentals. even thought my dad worked as a builder
This was exiting being on the ship Angelina for thirty days – one small cabin with bunk beds. This was luxury for us and fun. My Father believed that he could claim land like the American Pioneers.
It was exciting but we were surprised to see a city where we were expecting to see bush. We went to Maribyrnong Hostel. These were like corrugated iron barrels but luxury for us – we loved the hostel
Then I went to school in Maribynong and this this was where my nightmare started. I was the victim of racism and bullying, and this racism continued even in my working life. Racism is now not as bad but it does still exist.