Joseph Polidano

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Joseph Polidano (1943-2004) was a Maltese community worker in New South Wales, Australia.

Early life and career

Joseph Albert Polidano was born in Valletta on December 14, 1943. He arrived in Australia on May 26, 1965 on the Sydney (Flotta Lauro line), and after a short span working at Goodyear, he found employment at Sydney Technical College as a Laboratory Attendant. While working full-time and raising a young family he studied part-time.

Over the years, he attended many courses, including courses in liquid chromatography and in electron microscopy. He received his Diploma in Technology in 1983, by which time he was a Laboratory Manager. He was later Head of Food Technology, Chemical Technology and Material Sciences. He held a position as a teacher at UTS where he taught Computer Studies on a part-time basis.

Community involvement

Joseph was extensively involved in the Maltese community. He held the position of Secretary of the Maltese Community Council of NSW for many years. He was also a member of the choir of the Maltese Cultural Association of NSW, and held various positions including Secretary and Vice President of the same Association. He was also a member of the Beethoven Choir in Sydney and travelled to Malta and China to perform with the group as well as attending many performances in Sydney.

He was married to Mary (nee Zammit) and they had four children, Anne-Marie, Andrew, Louise and Rachel, and two grandchildren, Angeline and Jayden. His hobbies were drawing, singing, gardening, stamp collecting, reading, painting and genealogy.

Joseph passed away after a second battle with cancer and died aged 60 in 2004.