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Nick Lalich

Nick Lalich and his family migrated to Australia in 1948. He has been a Councillor and Mayor of Fairfield since 1992. He was the last Mayor to be elected by his colleagues and the first elected by popular vote.


Lorraine Maggs

Lorraine Maggs is a teacher and artist. She travelled through Europe after completing her teaching degree, having spent two years teaching in Whyalla and a year teaching in Darwin.

Maurie Maurandini

Maurie Maurandini's family came to Australia in the 1880's. He was a market gardener for many years before deciding to study chiropracty in America.

Jack McBurney

Jack McBurney is a well known resident and identity of the Fairfield area. He recalls some of his memories of growing up in the district and the changes that have occured.

Shirley McLeod

Shirley McLeod spent her first 21 years in Fairfield. She had alot of involvement with the different nationalities of the area and is a volunteer for 'The Way we Were' project.

Marta Menendez

Marta Menendez was born in Argentina. She found the slang in Australia was something she hadn't expected to encounter.

Mac Miller

Mac Miller's parents are originally from Scotland. He grew up around Smithfield and got up to the usual things young boys did in the early days.

Stan Monkcom

Stan Monkcom put his birth date back in order to join the army. During his service career he went to Lebanon, Syria and other locations in the Middle East.

Jan Murray

Jan Murray moved to Fairfield in 1955. Here she speaks about her involvement in Girls Brigade and also the GFS (Girls Friendly Society).


Than Nguyen

Than Nguyen escaped Vietnam as a 15 year old refugee in 1983. His journey and that of others is recorded here.

Thuy Nguyen

Thuy Nguyen was the youngest in her family. When she escaped Vietnam with her brother and sister, she quickly adapted to her new life in Australia.

Tien Manh Nguyen

Tien Manh Nguyen was born in Vietnam. He studied to be a doctor and joined the army where he served as a Ranger during the Vietnam war.


Tom O'Donnell

Tom O'Donnell was born in Fairfield in 1937. He lived all of his life in Fairfield and was a well known volunteer supporting this project and Fairfield City Museum.

Mimi Oudomvilay

Mimi Oudomvilay was born in Laos and her family migrated to Australia following the Communist takeover of her country in 1975. She has done many years of cultural and welfare work within the Laos community.


John Pace

John Pace was born in 1930 in Broken Hill. His father was well known in Fairfield and John is still a resident of Smithfield. His family are originally from Malta.

Arthur Packer

Arthur Packer and his parents were originally from England. They migrated to Australia in 1913 when Arthur was only 3 months old. He grew up in Fairfiled and also worked at "Cockies" biscuit factory.

Peggy Pearson

Peggy Pearson migratred from Scotland with her husband and Children in 1961. She worked at the hostel in Cabramatta and recalls her time there.

Marie Penberthy

Marie Penberthy moved to the fairfield area in 1946. She was involved in Christian Endeavour for many years and the activities it promoted to its participants.

June and George Petersen

June and George Petersen have a long history with the Fairfield area. They are life long members of the Fairfield City Museum and played a major part in its establishment.

Anh Lim Phan

Anh Lim Phan was the last member of her family to leave Vietnam. She dreamed of coming to Australia and has acheived much since arriving in the countrywed him and others to stay in Australia temporarily following the fall of Saigon.

Dong Bich Phan

Dong Bich Phan was born in Vietnam and studied Engineering in Australia on a scholarship. In 1975, the Goverment allowed him and others to stay in Australia temporarily following the fall of Saigon.

Joseph Pickard

Joseph Pickard is from England. He joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 18. He was in the fleet during the D-Day landing on Normandy.


Franc Rozanc

Franc Rozanc was born in Slovenia in 1934. He was 20 years of age when he left for Italy and then Australia on his own.

Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan attended school and played sport in and around the Fairfield area. During his school years he was fortunate to be amongst children from other countries which enriched his adolescence.


Freda Simpson

Freda Simpson has lived and worked around Bonnyrigg for many years. She is part Aboriginal and has developed many projects and support networks for the people of the area.

Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith was born in Cabramatta in 1932. He went to school in Mount Pritchard and worked on the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

June Smith

June Smith has lived in the Fairfiled area for most of her life. She worked with the US army during World War II. June and her husband adopted an Aboriginal girl after the mother agreed to the adoption.

Andrew Stein

Andrew Stein's family have been involved in the Smithfield area for more than 100 years. He helped form the Smithfield/Wetherill Park Chamber of Commerce.

Eva Stone

Eva Stone was a long time resident of the Fairfield area. Her home was moved to the Fairfield City Museum and she was a well known person in Smithfield.

Mabel Stubbs

Mabel Stubbs was 2 ½ when her family moved to Fairfield. She attended the local school and has many recollections of life in the area.

Vincent Sutcliffe

Vincent Sutclffe has lived in Fairfield for over 50 years. He attended Mullumbimby District High School and served in New Guinea during World War II.

Gladys Swager

Gladys Swager is a resident of Fairfield. She went to school in Canley Vale and Parramatta and later taught in the Fairfield area following her studies.


My Le Thi

Thi My Le immigrated to Australia from Vietnam. She became a visual artist with the help of her Australian mother and through her own determination.


Pam Veida

Pam Veida is a member of the Mt Annan Church at Cabramatta. She talks about the history of the church during her involvement over the past 22 years.

Josephine Vincent

Josephine Vincent was born to Italian parents. Her father was interned during the Second World War as was her Uncle.

Cuong MInh Vo

Cuong Minh Vo was a pilot during the Vietnam war. He was detained in re-education camps for 6 years and arrived in Australia in 1983 after escaping Vietnam


Ted Wale

Ted Wale was born in Coventry, England in 1910. He came to Australia at the age of nine with his mother and sister and has been a resident of Cabramatta for over 48 years.

Eileen Walker

Eileen Walker and her family moved to the area in 1932. She speaks here about the establishment of St Peter's church and services held around Mount Pritchard.

Arthur Wallace

Arthur Wallace was a farmer in the Fairfield area. He was secretary of the Progress Association and also secretary manager of the St Johns Park Bowling Club until his health forced him to retire.

Malcolm Wheatley

Malcolm Wheatley was born in 1914 and has been a resident of the Fairfield since his father began working in the original Wheatleys store. He recalls many events from his and Fairfield's history here.

Alfred White

Alfred White was born in 1921. In 1926 his parents moved to Canley Vale. He served in the Army during World War II and has lived most of his life in the Fairfield area.

Chris Williams

Chris Williams was born in Fairview hospital in 1936. He studied to be a surveyor and worked with a firm and in private practice before joining Sydney Water for the majority of his career.

Winns Store Reunion

Employees from the Winns store in Fairfield share their memories of customers, co-workers and the environment they worked in.

Cheryl Woods

Cheryl Woods and her family were residents of Mount Pritchard where her father lead the congregation of the Mt Pritchard village church.

Marcia Wordsworth

Marcia Wordsworth has been a resident of Fairfield since 1933. She served in the AAMWS (Australian Army Medical Women's Service) during World War II.

Isaac Youkhana

Isaac Youkhana was born in Kirkuk , Iraq in 1935. He migrated with his wife and children to Australia in 1967 to find peace and a better future.


Ken Young

Ken Young joined the Army in 1956 as an apprentice. He was involved in conflicts in Borneo and Vietnam and retired from the Army in 1991.