Aug 1 2010

Irymple Football Club – 1964

Well I have a sporting photo of dad to post, and if you knew dad, you know he loved his sports.  This photo is from when dad played in the Under 18’s team for the Irymple Football Club (Swallows), and the team were season Runners Up in 1964.  Unfortunately this photo was damaged by elements & bugs when it went undiscovered that the frame glass had broken.  It upsets me that one of the faces obscured by the damage is that of dad’s close friend Terry Bottams.  I am endeavouring to see if I can get a clean copy of it.

Notice dad’s surname is spelt incorrectly as “Dischiera”.  🙂


I just wanted to add that dad was a huge fan of the Irymple Football Club for many years to come and his brothers Vince & Sam Dichiera played for the club also.  Uncle Vince was a very good player in his day and I remember watching him play many games.  We spent many a weekend down at the field and the old clubhouse with dad, family and friends.  They were special times and I remember them fondly, tooting on the horn when the team scored a goal.  Soft drink & chips for us kids, rolling down the hill, running around on the field between quarters.  I do have some video footage from a grand final game in the 1970’s, there’s not much, but it does show the team lining up for the after game photo.  I will make sure I post it to the website.

Updated – Thanks to Michael Allen (a player in this team), we now have an undamaged scan of the photo.  New post is here or photo is below.

Irymple Football Club - Under 18's Runners Up - 1964

Jul 31 2010

Dumbing Down

Just veering off subject here a little, I read this article in our local newspaper about the Aussie pronunciation of our Ipswich Mayor’s Italian surname.  Mayor Paul Pisasale’s surname is now pronounced “Pisarley” rather than “Peesa-saleh”.  I had a bit of a laugh about it, as the Aussie pronunciation of our surname Dichiera is also a lot different to what it is in Italian.  The Aussie pronunciation is “Dishearer”.  Which I must admit I was thankful for, as even though I like the Italian pronunciation, I would never had been able to stand the constant teasing at school that would have gone with it being pronounced properly.  For those that don’t know, “ch” in Italian is pronounced “k”, just to give you an idea.  Well let’s just get it over with “Dicky-era” or “Dickee-era”

Unlike Mayor Paul, I am pretty sure that Dichiera was “dumbed down” pretty early in the piece here, considering I am second generation Australian.  Again I’ll have to check with other older family members and correct as necessary.  🙂  But I remember Nonno telling me about the different pronunciatons as one of his many stories – he was a great story teller, I so miss them.

Jul 19 2010

Some More Info

Tony Piscioneri has sent me a note about the flag on dad’s car, in the images from this post – Another Triumph Image.  He thinks it may have been a fox tail as it was considered cool at the time to have one.  It looks like Uncle Sam may also have one on his car.

Many thanks to Tony for the information.

May 17 2010

More Adelaide 1966

Here are a few more photos of dad relaxing 🙂 during the 1966 Adelaide trip mentioned in the previous post.


Apr 24 2010

Adelaide 1966

I’ve started on my mum’s photo album now and these photos date from 1966. The location is Adelaide, a trip mum and dad made with dad’s good friend Terry Bottams and his girlfriend Paula (who would also become his wife). The home they were staying at was Paula’s fathers home.

My mum and dad met around 1964 just before mum turned 16 when she was working at Chapley’s Milk Bar in Red Cliffs. Dad then aged 18 used to come in for a milkshake in his lunch break.

You can really see Michael’s resemblance to dad in these photos. Stay tuned there are a few more from this trip to come.


Apr 6 2010

Sydney Trip 1962 – Pt2

As promised here are the rest of the photos I have from this Sydney Trip.


L-R: Bobby Stephens in shorts, Pat Dichiera, Sam Dichiera (leaning on his Austin A90 Atlantic).


L-R: Sam Dichiera, Sandra Tosti, Tony De Luca (?? not sure on this).


L-R: Tony De Luca (??), Sam Dichiera, Bobby Stephens.

Updated 20/5/2013:  Thanks to information from Alan Holcroft, Bobby Stephens has been identified as the man in shorts in the top and bottom pictures.

Apr 5 2010


Just want to say a quick thank you to Tony Piscioneri for helping with identifying some of the cars. Nice to know someone is reading. Your help is very much appreciated.

Updates have been made to these posts:
Austin A90 – name of car corrected.
Boys and Cars – Nonno’s car identified as a 1948 Chev.

Apr 4 2010

Sydney Trip – 1962

I received this photo quite a while ago from Andrew Tosti. It was taken in Sydney when dad and Uncle Sam visited their Uncle Peter & Aunt Maria Tosti who live in Sydney. Uncle Tosti had taken them down to see Coogee Beach. Featured is dad sitting on the wall holding a radio, the young girl is their cousin Sandra Tosti, then Uncle Sam looking cool in sunnies and Uncle Tosti.


L-R: Pat Dichiera (Dad), Sandra Tosti, Sam Dichiera, Peter Tosti.

Looking at this photo, Sandra looks to be about 3yo, Andrew mentioned the photo was possibly taken in 1961. But then I remembered I had the photo below of Dad and a baby, who Aunty Cath thought might be cousin Andrew. Well I pulled it out tonight, to see that dad is wearing exactly the same shirt with the sleeves pulled up – so it looks like the photo with his baby cousin Andrew was taken the same day and seeing Andrew was born in 1962 – looks like we have the year both photos were taken.


That makes dad about 16 years old in these photos.

Many thanks to Andrew Tosti for supplying the group photo and information. And thanks to Aunty Cath for supplying the second photo. Yesterday I received more photos from this trip from Aunty Cath, so I will post them over the next few days.

Jan 13 2010

Thirty Years

It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since we last saw you or heard your voice. There is so much we would love to share with you now, new family in our lives we would love you to have met and for them to have known you.

We love you dad with all our hearts, always.

Jan 5 2010

Happy Birthday Dad

Today dad would have celebrated his 64th birthday. Happy Birthday Dad, thinking of you as always.

Jan 3 2010

Luna Park

This photo probably doesn’t need too much intro to some. It features dad and his cousins on a visit to Luna Park, Melbourne. It was included in the State Library of Victoria’s “Victorians on Vacation” Exhibition from Nov 2007 to Apr 2009, which along with being displayed in Melbourne also travelled some regional Victorian galleries. I was lucky enough to see it on display at Mildura Arts Centre during it’s six week stay from Oct to Nov 2008 (photo on display in Mildura).

The Sunraysia Daily along with 2 other newspapers & WINTV also did a story on the photo and the reunion of 4 of the surviving cousins of the photo more than 40 years later. Sunraysia Daily front page – 4th October, 2008 and inside story.

Below is a scan of an original of the image (one of a few). I say that, as it appears that when this photo was taken (not that many of the guys can remember much about it), there were at least 3 or more copies of the image produced in postcard like form. My mum has dad’s copy of it obviously, the museum another copy (we think from Nonno) and I think there is at least another copy floating around that we know of.

Thanks so much to Sam Dichiera (dad’s cousin) for all the info on this photo. It’s such a great photo.


Backseat L-R: Jim Mazza, Vince Dichiera, Pasquale Dichiera (dad).
Frontseat L-R: Jim Crisera, Sam Dichiera (dad’s brother).