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.
Eddie Azzopardi at NSW Parliament House nearing the end of a 24-year fight against police corruption, 1993.

Eddie Azzopardi 

Vale Eddie Azzorpardi

Silk the bravest of them all