Maltese Ex Services Association of Victoria
Postal address: C/- 48 York Street, Airport West, Victoria 3042
Date founded: 1956
Association Objectives. The purposes for which the Association was formed are:
- to bring together ex-services members,
- to celebrate national festivities within the Australian context,
- to liaise with similar associations within Australia,
- to provide social activities for its members, and
- to raise money to make donations for patriotic, charitable or community purposes.
The Association was formed in 1956 mainly through the efforts of Major Michael Vella, DSO and Charles Madiona. After a period where it was inactive, it was re-formed in 1978 through the interest of Emmanuel Bugeja, Major Michael Vella and Nicholas Chircop. It became affiliated with the MCCV in 1958, as one of its original founding affiliated associations.
Among the current activities organised by the Association are the celebration of special commemorative days, including the ANZAC Day March to the Shrine of Remembrance on April 25, the award of the George Cross to Malta, the formation of a guard of honour at Our Lady of Victories church services, and, from time to time, social functions for its members and their friends.
Originally the Association’s membership was restricted to veterans of World War II and any other conflict. However, due to the ageing membership of the Association, it has been opened to anybody mainly of Maltese descent. To join, contact the President Emmanuel Spiteri on 03 9338 3526 or Vice President Frank Bugeja on 03 9337 7258. Membership fee is $10 for an individual and $15 for a couple or family
Committee Elections. Elections are held every year in November. The last elections were held in February 2014.
Committee Members for 2014/15
President Mr Emmanuel Spiteri
Secretary Mr Joseph Sammut
Treasurer Mr Joseph Stafrace
Members Mr Alfred Asciak, Mr Alfred Gatt, Mr Alfred Farrugia
Membership. Originally the Association’s membership was restricted to veterans of World War II and any other conflict. However, due to the ageing membership of the Association, it has been opened to anybody mainly of Maltese descent. To join, contact the President Emmanuel Spiteri on 03 9338 3526. Membership fee is $10 for an individual and $15 for a couple or family.
Newsletter. The Association produces a quarterly newsletter which is sent to all members.
Events. The Association holds the following annual activities and events:
- April (Sunday closest to 15th): The George Cross Commemorative Church Service and wreath laying at George Cross Memorial
- 25 April: ANZAC Day March
- 11 November: Remembrance Day Church Service