In 1956 a 20 year-old Sandy Zarantonello made the almost three week voyage by boat from Italy to Australia.
With his cousin to act as guarantor and help him find a job Mr Zarantonello secured work as a plasterer upon his arrival before he began a job as a cabinet maker, the trade in which he originally worked in Italy.
Aided only by a dictionary as a communication guide Mr Zarantonello said he interacted mostly with Australians which helped him grasp the English language.
Meanwhile, a young Josie worked in a delicatessen, which she ran along with her younger sister.
At the suggestion of a friend Mr Zarantonello visited the delicatessen, bought a fanta and invited Josie on a date.
The pair spoke of the many opportunities available in Australia.
“I’m pleased I came to Australia, it’s a beautiful country,” Mr Zarantonello said.
“If you work hard, it will reward you for it.
“When I went back to Italy for the first time after I was married everyone there told my I should come back, but I couldn’t imagine leaving Australia.
“I love to go back to visit but we love it here.”