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MCC Opens | Member profiles | 2009 Youth Encontro | World Masters Games 2009 |
Mystery Prize Dinner 2008
| Provincias 2008|Welcome Mat|
Casa Working Bee | Casa Picnic 2007

Macanese Cultural Centre Opens

On Saturday 16th May 2009 the Macanese Cultural Centre, located in Sydenham, Sydney Australia, was officially opened with the plaque unveiled by the Founding President Vasco Fernando Rodrigues. The Blessing was conducted by Fr John Pearce, Parish Priest of St Bridgid at Marrickville including the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima celebrated on 13th May and blessing of Our Lady’s statue.

Joining in the celebration with the Casa Committee, four Interstate Representatives (from Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Perth); and members on this auspicious occasion was the Consul General of Portugal in Sydney, Mr. Simeao Pinto de Mesquita, Member of Parliament (Deputado no Parliamento Portugues da Imigracao pelo Circulo de For a da Europa) from Portugal, Carlos Pascao Goncalves; Mrs. Helen Wong, General Manager of Macau Government Tourist Office in Sydney and Ben Zaubzer, Marketing Manager and Events Manager, Nick Griffin; President of Sydney Portuguese Community Club, Mr Alberto Marques and Editor from O Portugues na Australia, Mr Tony Martins.

Formal apologies were received from:
• Dr. Jose Manuel de Oliveira Rodrigues, President of the Standing Committee of the Macanese Communities Council and President of the Management Committee of APIM. Dr. Rodrigues requested that his letter be read. This was covered in Portuguese, Patua and English by Rogerio Fernandes.
• Dr. Carlos Monjardino, President, Board of Directors, Fundacao Oriente, Portugal
• Gabriela Cesar
• Jorge Rangel, President of the International Institute of Macau
• Mr. J Antunes, Director, Macau Government Tourist Office, Macau
• Councillor Morris Hanna, OAM, Marrickville Council

Special guests and invited members enjoyed a Macanese style afternoon tea. Following the formal proceedings other members dropped in to share and partake in the celebration and festivities. Resulting in much chatter and laughter throughout the Centre, dancing and Tai Chi - including some quieter members keen to view the collection of books and history in the Library.

Macau Government Tourist Office in Sydney presented the MCC with a collection of 20 framed pictures of Macau. This generous donation adorns the walls of the main rooms, Library and family area. Our gratitude to Helen Wong and her team at MGTO. A beautiful floral arrangement was gratefully received from Francisco Manhao, President of the Associacao dos Aposentados, Reformados e Pensionistas de Macau (APOMAC), with their warm wishes of success.

Special thanks to our Founding President, Vasco Fernando Rodrigues and Mrs Rodrigues for coming up to Sydney from the south coast to be with us to celebrate this significant day in the history of our Casa and to help make this a successful and unforgettable event.

It is now up to our members to utilise the ‘sede’ and help make it a warm
and welcoming ‘Casa’.

To read blessing from the day, click here

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Casa member profiles - Jornal de Tribuna (March 2010)

Casa member Lizette Viana Akouri appears in the March 9, 2010 Jornal de Tribuna.
To download the magazine
click here (see magazine page 12, or PDF page 7)

Casa member Bosco Correa appears in the March 23, 2010 Jornal de Tribuna.
To download the magazine
click here (see magazine page 12, or PDF page 7)

Casa members Lourdes de Menezes Bayot, Josie Bayot Arevalo & Yvonne de Menezes Bayot Husband appears in the April 20, 2010 Jornal de Tribuna.
To download the magazine
click here (see magazine page 12, or PDF page 7)

Casa members Teresa and Lelo Assis appears in the May 12, 2010 Jornal de Tribuna.
To download the magazine
click here (see magazine page 12, or PDF page 7)

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Youth Encontro 2009

In July 2009 the the Conselho das Comunidade Macaenses (CCM) held its inaugural Youth Encontro for Macaenses in Macau. Casa de Macau Australia was represented by Katherine da Silva, Carla de Meneses Ribeiro, Trish Reid and Sylvie Narciso.

To read their full report on the Encontro click here

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World Masters Games, Sydney 2009

In October this year, our Casa member glorious Gloria Callaro de Zwart from Melbourne, who is 73 years young, represented Australia in the World Masters Games....

To read about her exploits click here

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Mystery Prize Dinner 2008

The 'Mystery Prize Dinner' was held on Sunday March 2nd at Verde Minho Portuguese Restaurant. Winners (including spouses/partners) were drawn during the NSW Christmas luncheon on November 18th 2007, at the Sydney Portugal Community Club.

Several Committee members and spouses attended, allowing for social interaction with members present and a 'getting to know you' - over a great evening meal. Conversation flowed after pleasantries, and even led to philosophical discussions that touched generally on our Casa.

Feedback from the night included:

"Tonight is great - when is the next one?"
"Good idea to meet in a smaller group";
"No complaints - happy with the progress of our Casa and the purchase of the premises at Sydneham";
"Would like another organised trip to Portugal".

Having orginated from a recommendation from a Casa member, this initiative turned out to be a successful event, thanks to the co-ordination of our Vice President Marcus Gutierrez.

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Provincias de Portugal 2008

Sydney Portugal Community Club hosted another successful annual event on Sunday 20th April, 2008 in their grounds at Marrickville, as the rain held off until late afternoon.

Our Casa, a regular each year, offered Macanese food – made possible by our own small talented band of ‘chefs’ on the Committee plus Brenda Chavez, who deserves to be commended for her help and active participation. The menu for the day offered:

• Batadada
• Coqueira
• Minchee (with Rice)
• Prego
• Cheese Toast
• Noodles
• Curry Chicken (with Rice)



The Committee wish to thank the many supporters that turned up for a good part of the day to show their support and to enjoy the cuisine offered by all the stalls and to catch the entertainment provided by the Portuguese Folk Dancers.

Point of interest was a copy of the ‘Portuguese Community in HongKong’ book which provided much talk and attention from the photos contained within. Notwithstanding the 5 minutes of fame when our Treasurer, Rogerio Fernandes was interviewed by the Portuguese channel.

Once again, Macau Government Tourist Office in Sydney graciously provided Casa with giveaway items and information booklets which were well received.

Packing up at 7pm made this a long but most enjoyable day.


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Welcome Mat - June 2008

Members from NSW and interstate (from Victoria & Canberra) have dropped in to our ‘Casa’ over the past month - totalling over 80 to date. The feedback has been most encouraging as these interested members were impressed with the potential future opportunities of usage (a library & planned social activities) as well as the convenience of the location (3 minutes from Sydenham railway station).

With the fit-out nearing completion we are intending to draw up a feasible 'social calendar of activities’ at the Casa premises that will be based on member feedback provided to the Committee. Being a modest dwelling, activities and attending numbers will need to be limited, and therefore our traditional State annual social events (Dia de S Joao and Christmas) will remain held at larger venues (e.g. town halls and recreational parks).

We need to acknowledge with thanks:
• Rogerio Fernandes (our Treasurer) for his time and work in tendering the garden and keeping the courtyards neat and tidy.
• Minor chores have been carried out with the help of our member, Wayne Hammond.

As there is shelving and furniture for our library, a ‘work group’ will be established to organise this resource. Our member, Stuart Braga, has kindly volunteered his time to assist in this ‘project’ given his expertise in this area. Other members who are willing to lend a hand would be most welcomed.

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Casa Working Bee - Hands on Team Work

During 2007, past Committee members (& spouses) were invited to ‘visit’ Casa’s newly acquired premises, in acknowledgement of their contribution and association. Two lunches were held in July & August, hosted by the current Committee, offering home made Macanese cuisine –‘just scrumptious’. The feedback on the property was most encouraging and positive.

Casa Working Bee

Our first ‘working bee’ was held on Saturday 3rd November 2007, thanks also to the support of our spouses and enthusiastic members; Eduardo Gutierrez and Wayne Hammond.

It was an early start to first remove all Casa items and boxes from the storage cage at Kirrawee and transporting same to the premises at Sydenham – thank God the rain held out. Then it was the other chores of housekeeping, commencing with the most important area in any household – the ‘kitchen’. Followed by other tasks, e.g. cleaning, unpacking crockery, cutlery, pottery and glassware. After the chores, the lighting up of Casa’s first BBQ followed, to share a meal in celebration and as a reward for a job well done !!!

Casa Working Bee

Outfitting of the premises continues and members who can offer some time and assistance in setting up our new home will be most welcomed.

Casa Working Bee

Interested members can ‘drop in’ after the monthly Committee meetings (Saturday afternoons) by
RSVP to:
Mary Rigby (Secretary)
Tel: 47333862 or to email
click here
Special appointment can also be organised for weekdays with notice.

Casa de Macau Committee
February 2008

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Casa Picnic 2007

“ Picnic in the Park” at Tempe Reserve - Report

Sunday 15th April, kicked off the first planned social for 2007. The weather was excellent and the spot ideal. Thanks Antonieta Manolakis for getting there at the break of dawn to reserve the covered site. Casa members gathered at Tempe Reserve to enjoy bbq Portuguese sausages, steak, bread rolls with toss green salad. A very healthy lunch and the aroma drew stares from passers by. BYO sweets and snacks were shared in a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon. The best was left for last – ‘Cha Cha’ was most welcoming - thanks to Lizette Akouri. Our Casa flag was a great landmark and backdrop for a group photo, taken by Manuel Herrero.

There are many to thank for making this occasion possible. Acknowledgement and appreciation to:

- Lizette (for the Cha Cha – YUM !) & Antonieta (the ‘early bird’) the main organizers for the day.
- Mario Manolakis for bringing his bbq and organising the cooking
- Tony Akouri for getting the delicious Portuguese sausages, helping with the bbq and bringing the extra chairs
- Alexia for securing our Casa flag

But most of all to those that made an effort to attend and may have traveled a long way. The photos says it all!

Cha Cha anyone? Thumbs up from Leo Osmund

Casa Picnic 2007