Cultural History

 

 

 

PRESIDENTS:

1975 – 1977             Francesco Augello
1977 – 1983            Angelo Dilena
1983 – 1987            Vincenzo Perrone
1987 – 1988            Angelo Dilena
1988 – 1991            Leonardo Perrone
1991 – 1998            Raffaele Brianni
1999                        Vincenzo Dilena
1999 – 2002            Giuseppe (Joe) La Scala
2003 – 2008             Biagio Barbaro
2008 – current          Rita Bianca Palumbo

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The Trinacria depicted on the Sicilian flag is derived from ancient Greek mythology and represents the triangular shape of the island. The Trinacria features a Gorgon’s head whose hair is made from snakes holding ears of wheat. The Gorgon represents the power of the sea, the grain, the fertility of the island and the three legs, the extreme points of Sicily – Punta del Faro in the province of Messina on the north eastern coast, Capo Passero near Siracusa on the southern coast and Capo Lilibeo west of Marsala on the western coast. 

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by minor islands which are also considered to be part of Sicily. Sicily is made up of nine provinces, these being: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. There are approximately five million inhabitants in Sicily.

 

Sicily has its own rich and unique culture especially with regard to the arts, music, literature, cuisine, architecture and language, having given birth to some of the greatest and most influential people in history. The Sicilian economy is largely based on agriculture: citrus, fruits, olives, almonds and wine grapes. The rural countryside has attracted significant tourism in the modern age as its natural beauty is highly regarded.  It also holds importance for archaeological and ancient sites such as the Necropolis of Pantalica and the Valley of the Temples.

In the 1840’s and 1850’s many Sicilians, due to economic reasons and to make a better life for their families, had to emigrate. In 1847 a group of 200 fishermen from Grottaferrata (Sicily) migrated to Australia and settled in Fremantle. Italian migration continued through the nineteenth century in steady numbers. However in the 1960’s there was an influx of Sicilians; all victims of an earthquake, and a vast majority of these migrants settled in Adelaide.

Although having had to leave their homeland, Sicilians were very passionate about keeping their culture and traditions alive, and it is with this background that the Sicilia Social & Sports Club was born in 1975. In the first few years meetings and gatherings were held at members’ homes but as more Sicilians became involved in the club, clubrooms were built at Camden Park. The Club experienced much growth and very quickly outgrew the premises at Camden Park. Land was purchased at Klemzig and new clubrooms were built. Members worked tirelessly to raise funds for this project. Construction was completed very quickly with the aid of the many volunteers and the new clubrooms at Klemzig were opened on 7th March 1992.

The cultural activities of the club were evident with members’ children dressed in traditional costumes, performing their dance routines at Carnevale and other multicultural events. The “Carrettino”, the vividly decorated horse-drawn cart, was a symbol of the club’s presence and is proudly displayed at the clubrooms. The fun loving culture and traditions of Sicily continue to be experienced at the clubrooms and once a year the club holds its Sicilia Night Gala Event where the exquisite traditional cuisine can be sampled. The event is well known and places fill fast. Many dignitaries are present at this spectacular event.

The hard work of the past and present members is evident in the wonderful clubrooms where members can experience a friendly and happy atmosphere. Members can play cards, bocce, billiards, have a chat and drink coffee or enjoy a glass of fine wine. New members are very welcome. Please feel free to visit the club at one of the many functions and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.