Postal address: PO Box 174, Altona North, Victoria 3025
Date Club founded: 1976
Association Objectives. The main purpose for which the Association was formed is keep the festa tradition of the village of Tarxien, Malta.
The Tarxien Social Club was formed in 1976, when Joe Farrugia migrated to Australia and together a few members of his family and friends from Tarxien, Malta, they decided to start getting together to celebrate the feast day that they dearly loved and missed once a year. For the first time that year they organized the feast of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Queenscliff.
A large framed picture of the Annunciation was used in the feast celebrations, as a mass for the occasion was held and some poems that been sent for the occasion from Tarxien were played on tape. Since this first celebration, the feast of the Annunciation kept growing every year.
After 3 years in 1979 the statue of the Annunciation was commissioned and produced. This original statue was recently replaced with a new one created in Malta by Renzo Gauci and painted and gilded by John Orlando.
In 1980 the Tarxien Social Club organised its first ‘Xalata ta’ San Girgor’ (St Gregory’s Picnic) at Portarlington on the Australia Day weekend in January.
The Tarxien Social Club celebrates the feast of the Annunciation in the second or third week of April. Some visitors from Malta also come and celebrate the feast with us every year, with a healing mass celebrated on the Friday, followed afterwards by refreshments and old Maltese tradition comedy play in the reception hall. On Saturday a big dinner dance is held with a lot of entertainment including a Maltese traditional band concert in the final hour. On Sunday the feast mass is held at 3.00 pm, followed by a procession with the statue of the Annunciation After the church festivities, a reception is held with refreshments and more Maltese traditional band concert with other musical entertainment to close proceedings.
Even though far from Malta, the Tarxien Social Club always keeps up to date with information from Tarxien thanks to Rev R Deguara, Tarxien Council Mayor Paul Farrugia and Tarxien Band Club Maria Annunzjata.
Other activities that Tarxien Social Club holds are Remembrance Day Sunday mass every November at the Memorial Park Lawn Cemetery, an event that has been going since 1982, and few family dances during the year.
Today the Tarxien Social Club has 250 members. Its annual general meeting is held every year in November. Committee meetings are held every month.
The Tarxien Social Club is grateful to all the people who have made it such a success and we look forward to more feast celebrations in the future.
Committee Elections. Elections are held every year in November.
Committee Members for 2010/11
President Lina Mizzi
Secretary Carmen Zammit
Asst. Secretary Joseph Farrugia
Treasurer Charlie Zammit
Asst. Treasurer Carm Mizzi
Public Relations Officer Carmen Zammit
Membership. Anyone may become a member for an annual subscription of $5.00 by approaching any Committee member or writing to PO Box 174, Altona North, Victoria 3025.
Newsletter. The club does not produce a newsletter.
Events. The club holds the following events during the year:
- February Family Dance and Family Picnic
- April Feast of Our Lady of the Annunciation and Feast Picnic
- August Bus Trip
- September Family Dance
- November All Souls’ Day Mass at Memorial Park Cemetery
- December Family Christmas Dance