long with the Galicians, the Catalans were the first peninsular that stepped into Australia. The Catalan community in Australia is not huge in numbers, but it was very distinguished at the early 20th Century, especially in Victoria. Father Serra, Peter Gras-y-Fort, Ramon Pla, Parer brothers... Those were the mainstay of the Catalan migrant community and the first ones in merging their original culture and the adopted one.
FISHMONGERS - CANALS
Many of the Catalan migrants that ended up in the city went into the seafood business
VEGETABLE MARKETERS - SENSERRICK
Some of them also grew orchids, rhubarb and a few capsicums and eggplants for their friends
RESTAURATEURS - CLOTA
The hospitality business was very common amongst the members of the Catalan community
CANE CUTERS - VILA-SECANS
The work at the sugar cane fields was very hard and the newcomers had to deal with high temperatures and poisonous animals
In 1856, Joseph and Francis arrived in Australia looking for gold. Little did they know that they would become the anchor of the Catalan family in Victoria and end up running more than 30 hotels in Melbourne in less than 50 years. Do you want to know them?
Catalan pioneers in Australia by Josephine Canals
To my knowledge, Peter Gras-y-Fort was the first Spaniard to arrive in Melbourne...
On everyone's lips
“the veil of handsome Spanish lace was crowned with a wreath of orange blossom”.