Migrants to share stories
25 Jan, 2012 08:40 AM
IF YOU migrated to Australia in recent decades and still live or work in the Hurstville municipality, then now is the time to share your story.

Hurstville City Library, Museum and Gallery and the Powerhouse Museum’s NSW Migration Heritage Centre are calling for expressions of interest for former migrants to take part in a new multimedia exhibition, which will feature stories and keepsakes that trigger memories about migrating and settling in Australia.

Andrea Fernandes from the NSW Migration Heritage Centre said the stories would be recorded in a way to explain what life was like in their former homeland, their journey to Australia and the challenges faced when settling.

“We want community stories to be recorded in a way that those special items former migrants keep are used to tell their stories and explain their situations,” Ms Fernandes said.

The Hurstville community migration stories will be displayed online in the form of text, video clips, photographs from the past and special display items.

The NSW Migration Heritage Centre has 150 community stories online and will include the Hurstville stories in its collection.

“In peoples’ expressions of interest we ask them to mention if they had some involvement in major events in world history; it is not essential but it would be of interest for us to know,” Ms Fernandes said.

“For example, if someone was one of the students who was in Australia during the violence at Tiananmen Square and their stay was extended by Bob Hawke then that would be of interest.”

Other examples include the Vietnam War or unrest in Sri Lanka or the Middle East.

“It is important that we capture these stories while we can,” Ms Fernandes said.

“It is a way of telling stories from the past for present and future generations.”

Hurstville City Library, Museum and Gallery recognises the importance of documenting and preserving community stories, including those belonging to migrants.

“It is important that stories which are meaningful to the Hurstville community be kept,” curator Jessica Allen said.

If you migrated to Australia after 1974 and live or work in the Hurstville municipality you can express your interest in taking part on 9330 6444.

Closing date for responses is

Friday, February 24


The 2011 Golf Annual Day Luncheon was held on Sunday 22nd January 2012 at Mother India Restaurant, Middle Dural, NSW to award the winners of the 2011 Golf season. This was the 24th year of operation of the Golf wing. The event was well attended by all the Golfers, GOA members and their wives and families. Dr Yadu Singh, pre-eminent cardiologist form Sydney and President of the Council of Indian Australians was the Guest of honor. Mr. Subba Rao Verigonda, President of the Telugu Association of Sydney and Executive committee member of the Council of Indian Australians was a special invitee to the function.

All members and guests converged on the venue at Mother India at 12.00noon and after the customary Meet & Greet and exchange of pleasantries; G.O.A. Sports Director Roy Do Rosario accorded a warm welcome to the audience. In his Welcome address Roy narrated various sports initiatives of GOA-NSW in the past and though the organization of other sporting events was inconsistent, the Golf wing had consistently maintained the tradition and organized the Golf league every year.

2011 Golf Captain Alwyn Henriques in his address mentioned it was a pleasure to serve the Golf wing as Captain for 3 consecutive years. He stated that GOA-NSW is the only Indian association in Australia to run a Golf League for its members and it is a remarkable achievement for GOA-Golf Wing to have the golf league for the 24th year in succession. He also drew the connection of Goans with Golf as they moved out of Goa to Africa, Europe, Americas & Australia and how that was instrumental in starting the Golf league in Sydney in 1987 by the founding members of GOA-Golf. Three of the founding members Tony Vaz, Dr George Dias & Reg Mathais were present at the luncheon and he thanked them and all the other founding members for their initiative. Alwyn said that GOA Golf wing will continue to serve as a platform to focus on bonding the Goan golfing community, creating an awareness for this grand sport, organizing golfing events that engage the families such as Putting Comp cum Picnic and also encourage new Golfers from within the Goan community to join the Golf League. He mentioned in 2011 season, 7 new golfers participated in the League including young and budding Goan Golf talent Patrick Ferris and Lina D’Silva who became the first lady to play in the history of the Golf League.

Dr Yadu Singh our Guest of Honor gave away the Following prizes to the winners

1. Nett Champion: Carl D’Silva, -6@woodville, Par@Camden, -4@Dunhaved,
-6@Windsor, (-16)
2. Nett Runner-up: Dr George Dias, +1@woodville, -9@Dunhaved,
Par@Richmond, +1@Penrith, (-7)
3. Gross Champion:Carl D’Silva, +8@woodville, +12@camden,
+8@Dunhaved, +6@windsor,(+34)
4. Gross Runner-up: Alwyn Henriques, +17@Dunhaved,
+16@Penrith, +16@Windsor, +16@Liverpool, (+65)
5. Stableford Champion: Carl D’Silva, 42pts@Woodville,
37pts@Camden,40pts@Dunhaved, 38pts@windsor, (157pts)
6. Eclectic Champion: Dr George Dias, Nett score 48
7. Dynaflow Pairs Competition (sponsored by Dynaflow, kind courtesy Roy Do Rosario)
Winners: Patrick Ferris & Lina D’Silva, 62 points.
8. Dynaflow Pairs Competition (sponsored by Dynaflow, kind courtesy Roy Do Rosario)
Runners-Up: Cajetan Miranda & Dr. George Dias, 55 points.
9. Golfer of The Year: Carl D’Silva, 64pts
10. Bradman Prize (sponsored by Bruno D’Souza): John Fernandes. (+134)

The Hero for 2011 season was Carl D’Silva who successfully defended his Gross Championship Title and also achieved a rare feat of winning the Gross & Nett Championship Title in the same season. Carl also was also awarded the Golfer of the Year for the second year running.

G.O.A. President Tony Colaco in his address introduced our Guest of Honor Dr Yadu Singh and our special Invitee Subba Rao Varigonda and talked about their involvement with the Council of Indian Australians. He also mentioned that the GOA-NSW Golf wing is well known to all the Goan associations worldwide and has done G.O.A-NSW proud with its Annual golf League. He also thanked the founders of the Golf wing for their initiative 24 years back.

Dr Yadu Singh in his address recalled his memorable association with various Goans from Sydney and said that Goan Community is known world over as a fun loving community, trustworthy and reliable. He showered praise for Tony Colaco’s commitment to GOA-NSW. He congratulated the winners and the golf wing for completing 24 years. He expressed his desire to have a Golf Day for all the Golfers of all the Indian Community and appealed to the GOA Golf wing to take the initiative in making it a reality.

Subba Rao Varigonda also addressed the audience and congratulated Tony Colaco and the Golf wing for organizing the event. He said he was impressed with Sandra Antao’s Photo Album collection going back to 1990 Golf annual day. He expressed his support for the Golf day for all Indian golfers and said he will work along with GOA Golf wing to ensure it is organized this year at one of the well known Golf Courses in Sydney. On behalf of the Council of India Australians he conducted a Lucky Raffle for Tickets for two to the CIA’s Australia Day dinner function on Sunday 29th Jan 2012. Lina D’silva picked the lucky Ticket and picked our 2011 Captain Alwyn Henriques as the Lucky winner.

Carl D’Silva was installed as 2012 Captain by Sports Director Roy Do Rosario and Outgoing captain Alwyn Henriques. Roy thanked everyone for gracing the event and supporting the Golf wing.

After a delicious Lunch catered by Mother India, the group posed for a Photography session which drew the curtains for yet another memorable Golf Annual day Luncheon.

During the night of November 26, 1938, Quiteria Costa from Aldona, in Goa, was hemorrhaging badly at Medical College Hospital, in what is now the state capital Panjim.

Although she was only seven months pregnant, the surgeon treating her decided on performing a caesarian section the next day even though he believed the mother and child had only a one percent chance of survival.

The family prayed for a miracle through the intercession of the first Goan-born Venerable Servant of Goa Fr Joseph Vaz (1651-1711).

The next morning, the hemorrhaging suddenly stopped and the premature baby boy was born alive, and named Cosme.

In 1991 that event was the object of a canonical investigation.

On July 6, 1993, Pope John Paul II declared: “It is ascertained that a miracle was worked by God through the intercession of Venerable Servant of God Joseph Vaz, namely the rapid and perfect cure of Mrs Costa of hemorrhage in delivery labor.”

Joseph Vaz was declared Blessed; Costa lived into her 90s; and Cosme became a priest in the Missionary Society of St Francis Xavier, at Pilar in Goa. Today, he is an eminent Church historian and an authority on Blessed Joseph Vaz.

Born almost 100 years after the death of St Francis Xavier, whose body rests in the Jesuit Church of Bom Jesu (Good Jesus), Joseph Vaz studied for the priesthood at Goa’s Dominican Academy and at the Jesuit College of St Paul, where Francis Xavier had been rector more than a century earlier. He was ordained in 1676 and joined the Oratorian Order of priests founded by St Philip Neri.

A Portuguese priest traveling from what is now Singapore to Goa happened to meet some Catholics in Colombo. He heard their pitiful story of abandonment and persecution under the Dutch.

The Portuguese had colonized Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1505 after kicking out Muslim traders from Colombo and gaining exclusive control over all commercial activities.

There they established the Catholic Church as a perfect replica of the Church in Europe to reinforce, mainly through religion, their economic hegemony. But in 1637, Dutch colonists conquered Ceylon. They were Calvinists and hostile to the Catholic Church. By 1658, they had wiped out the Catholic Church.

After listening to this Portuguese priest’s story in the Cathedral Church of Old Goa, and about the sad plight of the Catholics in Ceylon, Fr Joseph Vaz felt the call of God to rescue these suffering Catholics.

Just after Easter in 1687, he and his faithful servant John, disguised as coolies (menial workers), sailed for Jaffna, in Ceylon.

Even after being shipwrecked and falling seriously ill with dysentery, he began secretly to search out Catholics. In disguise and with a rosary around his neck, he looked out for people who showed any sign of recognition of the rosary. Soon after, on June 23, 1687, he secretly celebrated the first Mass on the island for 29 years.

During the 24 years of his apostolate in Ceylon, the first nine without any other priest on the whole island, and with only John as his companion, he single-handedly revived the Catholic faith.

All the while, he was hunted by the Dutch who suspected him of being a Portuguese spy.

In fact, the Decree of the Heroic Virtues of Fr Joseph Vaz announced in May 1989, emphasized his extraordinary and supernatural fortitude – facing physical danger from Dutch persecutors and from the wild beasts in the jungle where he hid from his pursuers and through which he traveled from one place to another.

The decree compares him to St Paul especially in II Cor.4:8-10. “We are in difficulties on all sides but never cornered; we see no answer to our problems, but never despair; we have been persecuted, but never deserted; knocked down but never killed; always, wherever we may be, we carry with us in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus, may always be seen in our body”.

The decree has five other references to St Paul that bear similarities to the life of Blessed Joseph Vaz.

Blessed Joseph Vaz adopted a unique missionary method during those dark years when he kept the faith of Catholics alive, which is why he is now known as the “Apostle of Sri Lanka.”

The renowned Sri Lankan Jesuit Church historian S.G Pereira wrote: “The second foundation of the Church in Ceylon by Fr Joseph Vaz and his Oratorians from Goa, was not in the manner of the first, a ready-made organization imported from abroad and imposed on all who hearkened to the Gospel of Christ, but a Church adapted in externals to the conditions of the country and to the genius of the people.”

Without any missiological training outside of his native Goa and in spite of his own Western form of training, Fr Joseph Vaz grasped the central principle of missiology. He delved into the culture of those he was going to evangelize.

Whenever there was a sufficient number of Catholics, they built a chapel. In each chapel there was a “Muppu” or catechist or at least an “Annavi” or sacristan to look after the building, the celebration of festivals and the teaching of religious doctrine. They prepared the ground for the missionary, organized prayers in in the houses of the sick and at funerals. A Muppu was chosen not merely for his piety, but for the influence and prestige he wielded in a village. An Annavi was chosen for his zeal, piety and industry. These helpers received no remuneration as they held their own lucrative jobs.

Fr R.H. Lesser in his book on Joseph Vaz, India’s First and Greatest Missionary concluded: “When he died, after 24 years work, under God, entirely due to the work of this indomitable little man and the priests he had formed, there were 70,000 practicing Catholics, served by catechists whom he had trained.”

The “miracle child” Fr Cosme Costa concludes: “We can affirm without any exaggeration that the bold venture of ‘Sinhalizing the Church of Ceylon’, carried on with apostolic fervor and supernatural prudence, gives Fr Joseph Vaz the right to be numbered among the greatest pioneers of the methods of adaptation in Asia: Mateo Ricci, Robert de Nobili, St John Britto, Constanzo Beschi.”

Eminent missiologist Fr Pierre Charles pays him a moving tribute.

“It is no exaggeration – it is merely a repetition of the unanimous testimony of his contemporaries – to call him the perfect model of an apostle.”

Source: ucanews.com

Redemptorist Father Desmond de Souza formerly served as executive secretary of the Office of Evangelization in the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference. He was closely associated with the Churches in Asia from 1980 to 2000. He is now based in Goa.

Yudhvir Rana, TNN | Jan 16, 2012, 02.55PM IST
AMRITSAR: A large number of Indians residing in UK , Canada and US are now fast moving towards kitchen medicines to cure lifestyle diseases and are seeking expert opinion for various ailments including diabetes, hypertension, mood and eating disorders, mental illness largely caused due to work stress, dietary patterns and weakening family bonds.

“Stress and stress induced disorders coupled with poor dietary habits were like a slow poison spreading among Indians who have settled in these countries” said AS Mahal, a herbalist while talking to TOI upon return from UK where he had gone to deliver a talk on healthy eating habits and curing common ailments with the use of kitchen medicines. Mahal is well known name among Indians living abroad for his radio talks on healthy dietary habits and use of kitchen medicines to ward off diseases.

“I don’t prescribe medicines but simply advise people to change their eating habits and use the traditional condiments for healing common ailments rather than rushing to doctors for quick relief” he said.

Harpreet Gill, a UK resident told TOI over the phone from London that most Indians become victim to various disorders due to sudden climatic changes and dietary habits and start taking symptomatic treatment but with their prolonged use they develop resistance to these medicines and continue to suffer.

“So, now we look back to our roots and simple treatments with the help of stuff in the kitchen, and it is doing wonders,” said Gill.

Mahal said that kitchen herbs were not only important in cuisine but for healing purpose also. Their aromas regulate the flow of vital energies throughout the body, many of them help to improve digestion, others have antiseptic values.

He said if wisely used common kitchen spices could keep majority diseases at bay.

“There are large number of Indians who want to take the herbal route to health even knowing that it could take some time to cure but still they want to know how turmeric, ginger, cinnamon , black pepper, clove , nutmeg could help them keep healthy ” said Mahal.

Shelza Malhotra, another UK resident said she imports herbs from India for her store in London. “Recently the demand for Indian spices and herbs have increased due to their therapeutic use” she said.

By: Saurabh Katkurwar Date: 2012-01-15 Place: Mumbai

The Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) market received its first yield of Alphonso mangoes last week. Each carton was sold for a whopping Rs 10,000 each — 10 times the price a carton fetches in peak season (March to June).

Sakharam Pansare, a trader at APMC market said, “We received two cartons of the first yield of Alphonso mangoes from a farmer in the Konkan belt on Thursday which were bought by a retailer. Last year we sold the first yield carton for Rs 8,000.”

This doesn’t imply that you will spend an exorbitant amount to eat Alphonso mangoes this year. “The first yield of mangoes costs a lot because gifting Alphonso mangoes, especially when there is no supply in the market, is a trend. The rates will go down in February as the supply becomes regular,” said Vijay Dhobale, a mango grower.

“Last year, mangoes were priced between Rs1,000 to 1,500 per carton in May. This year, mangoes will cost between Rs 900 to 1,200 per carton,” Dhobale said. Experts believe that the nip in the air will lead to a good yeild, but warn against a drop in quality if the temperature does not rise in the next few days.