Tuesday, May 16, 2017
John Slee on Eddie
Born in Malta in 1932, Edgar John Azzopardi grew up in the thick of conflict. In World War II he survived German bombardment of his homeland, a tiny but strategically vital colony of the British Empire. When the war ended Azzopardi sought a new life on the other side of the globe.
He reached Sydney in 1949, a restless young man searching for his place in a new world. He travelled widely. In South Australia he worked as a grocer in Whyalla. Restless travel and – if he was lucky – other jobs followed, including a stint on the the Snowy Mountains hydroelectric scheme. Later, when he married and settled in Sydney to begin raising a family, his life became more complicated.
Vale Eddie Azzorpardi