Jul 23 2012

Fireplace Fun

Well here’s a rather scratchy old photo of dad with mum in the early days.  She remembers this night quite well.  I’ve tinkered with the photo a bit to get some more detail into it.  Love the bottle dad’s holding and his socks and shoes.   🙂


Mum says they were visiting at a friend Alex Lochead’s house, hanging out with other couples.

Jan 12 2012

Luna Park 1967

Here’s a favourite couples photo of mine, its of mum & dad at Luna Park, Melbourne.  The photo was taken about 1967 on a trip they went on before they were married.  And there’s those legs on mum again  :), this is one that has always made me jealous I didn’t end up with pins like these.  A very cute photo don’t you think?


Jan 5 2012

Happy Birthday Dad

Happy birthday dad, thinking of you on this day as always.

Tonight, a particular memory came to mind of your last birthday that we spent together 32 years ago.  It’s only a small memory but clear, of Michael & I giving you your wrapped present (a wooden letter rack) and of you shaking it to guess what it was.  I remember I said “don’t shake it, you’ll break it” and you laughed at my accidental rhyme.  Like I said small, but enough for me.  Love you, miss you always.  xxx

Jan 1 2012

Mum’s Collection

Here’s the last couple of car photos from my mum’s collection before I move onto the next collection of photos.  This photo is of a young dad his 2nd car a Datsun Bluebird (which was two tone blue, light blue on top).  Mum says he got this car soon after she met him.


And this photo below is of mum leaning against his 3rd car a Holden EH Ute (green in colour) – thanks to cousin Tony P for confirming model.  UPDATE:  Fairly sure this photo was taken in Melbourne around 1967, there is another photo of mum & dad at Luna Park in Melbourne in which mum is wearing the same outfit.  She tells me that they went on a trip to Melbourne together before they were married.  Look at my mother’s barbie doll legs, unfortunately I inherited my father’s knobbly knees.


Jun 19 2011

RIP Sam Dichiera

Our thoughts and sympathies are with Aunty Pam, Tim, Brad, Julian, Narelle and their families at this very sad time.  Dad’s older brother & our uncle Sam Dichiera passed away overnight.  Uncle Sam your vibrance lifted the hearts of everyone that knew you.  Riposa in pace.

“No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say goodbye,
You were gone before we knew it,
And only God knows why.”

Salvatore Dichiera 30th April, 1942 – 18th June, 2011.

Apr 13 2011

More Adelaide 1966

Just found some time to add a few more photos from the Adelaide trip that dad & mum took in 1966.  Dad would have been 20 years old in these photos and mum 17 years old.  Top left photo shows dad on the beach holding a small shark, top right photo shows Terry Bottams (front of photo) looking at the same shark.  I believe it was just found on the beach, not caught.

Adelaide1966-Dad8     Adelaide1966-TerryBottams


These next two shots are of my mother climbing out on to rocks for a photo.  🙂


And this photo of dad is obviously from the same day, sight seeing somewhere else.


Apr 11 2011

Happy Birthday Aunty Mary

Just wanted to wish our Aunt Mary (dad’s older sister) a very happy 70th birthday for today.  Hope you have had a great day.  🙂

Jan 5 2011

Happy Birthday Dad

It’s hard to believe another year has flown by so fast.  I was having a heap of fun earlier photographing the kids playing and being silly.  It really reminded me of you and all the fun we used to have with you.  Happy Birthday Dad.  xxx

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.

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 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 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).