Antonio Azzopardi

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Antonio Azzopardi (1805 - 1881), first Maltese emigrant to Australia and early colonist of Victoria

Antonio Azzopardi (25 January 1805 - 23 January 1881) was the first Maltese free settler in Australia[1]

He was born in Żejtun, Malta to the merchant Angelo Azzopardi and his wife Euphemia Cachia[2] and emigrated to Victoria on board the Mary Hay in 1839. He was a seaman for the first few years after his arrival. He married Margaret Hannah Sandeman 1818-1912 a Scottish woman from Perth in Perthshire, Scotland on 23 October 1845 at the Collins Street Melbourne Independent Congregational Church. He worked as a mail contractor and then a canvasser for the Melbourne Herald. Later he bought a printing press and became a printer.[3] He died in 1881 at his residence 5 Erin Street, North Richmond.[4] Notable descendants include Australian Ambassador - Noel St Clair Deschamps (1908-2005), World War Two Australian Army Captain - Paul Warnford Deschamps 1915-1976 Awarded the Military Cross for War in the Pacific and Australian Artists - Angelo James Azzopardi 1846-1896 and Marguerite Henriette Mahood née Callaway 1901-1989.

Azzopardi is included in the photographic montage published by Thomas Foster Chuck in 1872 entitled “The Explorers and Early Colonists of Victoria”. He is number 84 in the montage and is listed as “A. Azzopardi”.

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  1. ^ Jupp, J. 2001 “The Australian people: an encyclopedia of the nation, its people and their origins”, Cambridge University Press, p. 580.
  2. ^ Victorian Death Index,
  3. ^ Biography of his son Angelo Azzopardo
  4. ^ The Argus, 24 January 1881, p. 1.