Dec 23 2017

50 Years

On this day 50 years ago dad and mum were married in Red Cliffs, Victoria. So starts the next chapter of photos that I will be posting in dad’s life. This photo is the traditional parents of the bride and groom shot, featuring my Nonno and Nonna next to dad and Nanna & Grandad next to mum.

Wedding Day 1967, Red Cliffs, Victoria

L-R: Giuseppe & Giovanna Dichiera, Pasquale Dichiera, Helen Jensen, Helen & Roy Jensen.

Nov 11 2017

Elevate Training & Labour

I just wanted to take a minute to share and plug this website.  Elevate Training & Labour is my brother’s business and I have just completed this website for him.

Elevate Training & Labour are available to train a large range of RII training courses for the mining and civil constructions industries (specialising in cranes & dogging / rigging).  As most know Michael is located in the beautiful Whitsundays at Proserpine, so his business serves these locations; Whitsundays, Mackay, Townsville, Moranbah, the Bowen Basin mine sites and other areas as required.

Sep 13 2017

A Memory

I’ve been attending my children’s school assembly most weeks and they start by singing the national anthem “Advance Australia Fair“.  Standing up and singing with the kids has brought back quite a vivid memory I have of the day Dad went to vote for what the new Australian national anthem would be.

It was 1977, there was a referendum with a plebiscite about the national anthem – I have since found that the date was 21st May, 1977.  I was 9yo, Michael 7yo and I remember walking in with Dad at Irymple and him explaining what he was doing.  It’s so vivid a memory, that I can see the red bricks of the building, remember the beautifully green manicured lawns and all the people that were milling around out the front.

Waltzing Matilda was also a choice and my favourite choice at that particular point for the anthem, and I remember being a little disappointed that it was defeated.  But for the life of me, I can’t remember how Dad voted or if he even told us what he voted for.  In a way, I hope it was Advance Australia Fair especially because of the anthem’s second verse that really is so significant to us given we’re the grandchildren of Italian immigrants (on one side anyway).  Migrants who left their country in 1938 for a better life and found it here working hard in Australia.


Aug 9 2017

A Family Gathering – Cousins

I’ve spent today cleaning up this blog. The last time I went to update I found some major problems with images and the blog software – it ended up being too big a job to complete in one hit. But I’ve had more success today with all the images and links now working properly again.  I even have the menu items across the top linking to the correct galleries again.  I’m sure I could spend a lot more time on it, but for now will leave you with this image that I scanned quite a while ago. It’s a bit of a sneak peak into the next series of images I will be scanning…

Update:  Upon looking at this image again, I’m not sure if it is at my parent’s wedding reception or my dad’s 21st.  The tie my dad is wearing made me think it was his 21st, however looking at some more of the wedding photos I can see that his tie was changed to this style for the going away outfits.  Mum is not sure, so I have sent a message to Jim Crisera to see if he can remember.

From L-R:
  Fred Frasca, Sam Dichiera, Jim Crisera & Pat Dichiera (Dad)

Jan 13 2017


Today marks 37 long years since you passed Dad, since we last saw that smile.  We think of you often and try to bring you into our children’s lives as much as we can.  Love you always.   xxx

For the first time in 37 years, I haven’t put a memoriam notice in the Sunraysia Daily for today.  I’ve decided not to do it any more and just post our memories here.

Dad with his mighty Datsun Bluebird

Jan 5 2017

Birthday Wishes

Birthday wishes Dad.  xxx