Mackay’s strong Maltese heritage was highlighted in Federal Parliament last night.
Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, delivered a speech to mark the 440th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, which is a significant date on the Christian calendar and a defining moment in Maltese history.
“In Mackay last week, I had the very great pleasure of attending the Feast of Our Lady of Victories which celebrates the famous victory in the Battle of Lepanto,” he said. “The same strength of character shown by the Knights of Malta in that battle and their determination to defend the island of Malta was shown in the cane fields of our region more than 100 years ago.”
Mr Christensen highlighted the depth of influence the Maltese migrants had in the Mackay region, leaving a legacy of Maltese names on street signs, business names, and community leaders.
“An active Mackay Maltese Club ensures continued celebration of the Maltese culture and influence in the region,” he said.
“For families in Mackay, there are constant reminders of our strong Maltese heritage - from Deputy Mayor, Darryl Camilleri to Mackay Canegrowers Chairman, Paul Schembri, Borg’s Real Estate, Zarb’s Transport, and even sporting greats like former North Queensland Cowboy Paul Galea.”