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Event: All Souls Day Mass – 4th November 2016

Dearest friends,

You are invited to share this special service where we come together to remember those no longer with us.

Date: Friday 4th November 2016
Time: 7:00pm
Where: All Hallows Church – 2 Halley St, Five Dock NSW 2046

Tea and coffee with be served immediately after mass and we welcome you to bring a plate of sweets to share amongst friends.

We will be showing a photo slideshow during the mass of our loved ones lost over the years, should you wish to include a family member or friend please provide the name and a photo to a committee member or via no later than 31st October 2016.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Photo gallery: Fathers Day Lunch – September 2016

We sincerely hope you enjoy the photos shot at the Father’s Day celebration that took place on 11th September 2016.

Photo gallery: Ferragosto Italiano – August 2016

We sincerely hope you enjoy the photos shot at the Ferragosto Italiano, the famous street festival that took place in Five Dock on the 21st August 2016.

It was a huge success for our Association as we had the opportunity to promote the Sardinian culture and traditions. Lots of people came to our stall and wanted to know everything about Sardinia and the promotional materials, tourist guides, traditional baskets and the ritual bread on display.

Event: Fathers Day Lunch – 11th September 2016

You are invited to the new social event organised by our Association: the Father’s Day Lunch11th September 2016 – 12 noon.

Menu: all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta and dessert. The Association will serve soft drinks. BYO beer an wine.

Location: All Hallows Hall, 1 Halley Street, Five Dock NSW

Price: $35 only for members, $40 for non members and $15 for kids under 12 years of age.

RSVP before 2 settembre 2016

Please get in touch with:
– Teresa 0411 283 159
– Assunta 0418 435 834
– email:

Father's Day 2016 Menu
Father’s Day 2016 Menu

Photo gallery: Sardinia, Heart of bread – August 2016

We sincerely hope you enjoy the photos shot at the Sardinia, Heart of bread conference that took place at the RSL Club in Five Dock on the 14th August 2016.

Sardinia, Heart of bread conference

On the 11th August 2016, the first cultural event was organised by the new Committee of the Sardinian Association of Sydney, in collaboration with the Circolo Culturale Sardo Su Nuraghe of Biella (Piedmont) and the Autonomous Region of Sardinia.

The event had its focal point, a little known element to the occasional tourists who flock to the beaches of Sardinia, but plays a strong role in all the traditions of the region, bread.

To present a topic so broad and deeply tied to family rituals, Christian religious cults and ancestral meanings, the Association called upon Professor Battista Saiu, specialising in the culture and traditions of the island of Sardinia and with a vast knowledge of Sardinian bread.

Accompanied by chef Raffaele Zanella, Prof. Saiu is making an important journey to discover Sardinian Associations in Asia and Oceania, bringing a symbolic and affectionate hug from the Assessore di Lavoro, Dr Virginia Mura.

For such a special occasion, the Association chose a prestigious location, the plenary hall of the RSL Club in the Italian suburb of Five Dock in Sydney.

In addition to the stage and a video projector, the room was set up with a very valuable exposure, 80 authentic ritual breads, made in Sardinia especially for the event by Giovanna and Anna Quai of Tertenia and shipped to Sydney in record time.

The breads, which were placed on embroidered tablecloths and on traditional baskets, were the subject of the presentation by Prof. Saiu, which exposed some meanings of their shapes as well as archaic and family rituals from which they originated. The presentation was enriched with images and films illustrating the process of these small works of art.

There was great emotion before and after the cultural event when the audience, almost all first generation Sardinian Australians, were invited to attend a small “round table discussion” where they were interviewed. These interviews will form part of the archives in the Museum of Migrations, Journeys and Stories which will be in Biella. The interviewees recounted, their exciting and sometimes painful migration, which led them to leave Sardinia and start a new life in Australia.

The event ended with the distribution of the bread as a tribute to the audience, and a light refreshment of homemade sweets made by the expert hands of the generous members of the Association.

Note: do not miss to view the photo gallery.

Note: do not miss to download the conference speech.

Event: Sardi Sydney at Ferragosto Italiano – 21st August 2016

Next Sunday, 21st August 2016, our Associazione will take part to the 19th edition of “Ferragosto“, the main Italian street festival in Sydney.

Great North Road in Five Dock becomes the heart of the Italian society for just a day and offers you the opportunity to enjoy the best dances, songs and regional foods from Italy.

Come to meet us at the Rustico Sardo restaurant at 108 Great North Road, Five Dock from 10am to 5pm.

What you will find:

  • Two hours of video footage of Sardinian landscapes, beaches, and traditions
  • Distribution of promo flyers, brochures and tourist guides
  • Expo of traditional and ritual breads
  • Expo of traditional costumes

Furthermore, Prof. Battista Saiu and chef  Raffaele Zanella will be conducting interviews with all the Sardinian-Australians that wish to take part to the cultural initiative titled “Museum of Immigration“.

See you there!

From Sardinia to Australia and back

A few days ago I came across an article on the Sardinian online magazine “La nuova Sardegna“, telling a story that put in very close relation “my two islands” – that is Sardinia and Australia – in an unexpected and touching way.

I read about the now teenager girl Gabriella Scanu, Australian by nationality and Sardinian by origin, who was born “accidentally” in Sassari (note: in North Sardinia) while her parents were on holiday in Sardinia.

The birth happened prematurely in May 2006 while her mom Jacqueline and dad Nando were not far from the San Pietro’s Clinic, where the two co-stars of this fairy tale worked: the pediatric surgeon Ninni Dessanti and the neonatologist Fernando Cossu.

Born with a serious malformation to her digestive system, the baby was saved by an urgent operation successfully carried out by the two doctors.

Ten years after, in July 2016, the girl’s longest wish was granted: her parents took her back to Sassari. Once there, she met her heroes again and presented them with very special (and very Aussie!) talismans: a couple of koala plushies!

Teenager Gabriella lives in Wollongong, NSW. Despite a “bad start”, she has always been perfectly healthy. She now plans her next trip to Sardinia: whenever she would have children, she will take them on a trip to the city that holds her heart!

Original article in Italian on La Nuova Sardegna Online.

Event: Sardinia, Heart of bread – 14th August 2016

We are proud to invite you to the next cultural event offered by our Association, focusing on the ritual breads of the Sardinian tradition and heritage.

Two guests will come specifically from Italy: professor Battista Saiu and chef Raffaele Zanella will hold a seminar titled “Sardegna, Cuore di pane (Sardinia: Heart of bread)“.

Date: Sunday 14 August 2016
11:00am – 1:00pm
Club Five Dock RSL, 66 Great North Road, Five Dock

Everyone is invited!