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Victor Paul Aquilina - born 31/12/1940

Victor was born in Malta just prior to World War 2 to then, an affluent family known as the White City Family and enjoyed the privileges that went with it.

Victor with tricycle and at gardens

   

Below: St Joseph's college group photo 1947/1952, I was fortunate to have a great start in life having been sent to the most exclusive boarding college in Malta where a good foundation was set in me which certainly had a very good bearing on the way I led the rest of my life.

St Joseph College group photo

A life of nice living with my fatherís uncle and auntie went on but the passing away of my fatherís uncle left the family without direction and the money dwindled and bad financial times eventually followed. (Victor 2nd row from top and 5th from left)

New life in Australia

My father Paul Aquilina decided to migrate to Australia in 1954.

Within six months working at the Motor Registration Branch, which was housed at the Exhibition Building, he had prepared enough money and a place for us to live.

Passport photo in Feb 1955

  

This photo seems to portray sad times which we recently had with dad so far away in Australia.

We have all furthered our education, worked, married Aussie girls, had families and became truly Australians.

Happiness followed as we were reunited with dad despite having to live in a bungalow, which commonly became the lean-to rear of completed houses accommodating laundry, kitchen, bathroom and a wc which resided 50 feet away from our front door. (eventually becoming the rear door of a completed house)

This was at 45 Vincent Ave. St Albans now a completed home.

You may notice my addition in way of a garden with flowers.  

    

Dad and Victor                                 Walking back home after church Sunday.

My dad helped get me my first job, which was a Turning & Fitting apprenticeship with Harlands Engineering.

Boxing

My main ambition in boxing was only to fight a main event which I did. (3 in all)

I remember very clearly my father telling me with his arms over my shoulder "son we are not fighting stock and you will have plenty of time to do that later in life" as I asked him to buy me the first Ring magazine with a striking picture of Australian champion George Bracken on the cover, it made a fantastic impression on me, I was 17 years old.

 

My dad happened to pass away within a few months which devastated the family, I became very sad, we moved to Yarraville for a couple of weeks and I found Snowy Coates's gym and got introduced to boxing over just a couple of weeks. My mum hurriedly moved us to North Melbourne and a friend I made took me to Snowy Sullivanís gym. ( I remember feeling embarrassed seeing Snowy Coates in the change rooms at the Stadium)

In my early 3 round fights I was just too timid and the fights were over by the time I got going "until the beginning of 1960" when Johnny Butterworth arrived in Australia at Snowy Sullivan's gym, we never had a main event boxer at Snowy's let alone such an experienced fighter like Johnny Butterworth.

Johnny with his colourful style and experience soon had a great bearing on my ring performance, after which my boxing flourished to my own satisfaction.

Victor and Lynette Aquilina

16th November 1963

Young Victor and Lynette seen here signing for Monsignor James Murray at St Mary Star of the Sea church presbytery their wedding vows, now Lynette Aquilina, is the daughter of William (Bill) Woolley son of also William Woolley a well known family in Crib Point (Western Port) Australian, many generation pioneers.

This can be seen in the Hastings museum at Hastings, Western Port.

 

  The above took place between 1958/1963

Trade with further Post apprenticeship studies and 1st. work experience

1955 Turner & Fitter T&F 5yr apprenticeship at Harlands Engineering (Footscray Tech. both Nicholson st. & Ballarat rd). Completed 1961.

1961 Maintenance fitter at GMH, McPhersons Boltworks Ltd

1962 Toolmaker Post apprenticeship qualification. (RMIT) completed 1964

 

AFTER BOXING

Tertiary Education with further professional work experiences

Mech. Engineering Diploma RMIT & SOUTH MELBOURNE TECH. & SWINBURN TECH, & FOOTSCRAY TECH. Ballarat rd. In all 5 yrs part-time at night classes during later employment until 1967 " uncompleted"

1964 Detail Draftsman - Mahlco Plastics Pty Ltd, & ACI Plastics Pty Ltd, later Design Draftsman - Atlas Plastics Pty Ltd

1968 Design Draughtsman later Plant Engineer Straub Plastics Pty Ltd taken over by National Consolidated Limited. New building plant layout and part commissioning prepared by Victor Aquilina.

Business 1st. experience

1971

 AQUILA TOOL DESIGN  Contract Drafting ( 3 drawing boards at home lounge room with 1 staff & 2 part timers, this was my first business venture ) 12 months, specializing in Plastics Product and Tool Design and Special Purpose Machinery      

Further work experience

1972 Project Engineer. - Ford Motor Co. part/commissioning Ford Motor Co. Plastics Plant & tooling integration.

1973 - 1975 Development Officer CIG (Manager - Research & Development CIG Safety Products (Bundoora) now BOC *During the early stages of working for this company I had an unusual heart operation. read

At Commonwealth Industrial Gases (CIG Safety Products Division Bundoora ) now BOC

Above - Vic seen here at the Die trials holding the dial verniers with Ray the Production Manager.

Above left - Is the tooling trial supervisor. The trial went perfectly and the Safety Hat is still in production now along with sister Safety Hat (peak style) which I commissioned as well with all the strap clasps and other components etc.

Annual Dinner CIG Safety Products 1974 now BOC my engineering colleagues: from left 

Barry Loftus, Industrial Design Engineer (previously lecturer at the Sydney University) & partner,

Victor, Development Officer (manager R&D) & Lyn, 

Neil Smith, Chemistry & Science Engineer & wife.

We made up the Research and Development Dept. team at CIG Safety Products Division. (now BOC)

Retrenched after 2 promotions in 2 years but given $10,000. as gift plus pay ( Last time I ever worked for anybody )

END of Phase One

 

Phase two

Business further experience

I bought the Age newspaper in the same day I was retrenched, I looked for a business that cost $10,000, found one, asked Lyn to get dressed and bought a very tiny menswear shop called Guy (name not even registered) from 

Dennis Madden (fashion shirt producer).

Later Endeavours - shared with my wife Lynette and my sons Paul and Mark

GUY MENSWEAR. ( 7stores ) The quite famous GUY fashion shops around Melbourne were quite a legendary name between the years of 1975-1990 as a huge number of then youngsters, now fathers and grandfathers remember, Lyn and Vic 

( or Mr and Mrs GUY ) as we were referred to. 

I remember us with Lynette doing the honours outfitting the Hon. Robert James Lee Hawke just as he was going to The Lodge and become one of Australia's great Prime Ministers. he sent us a personally written letter from the Prime Minister's Office soon after. (He asked me if I had had a ticket while on a ladder painting a sign)

Mario Longo ( owner - Aquila Shoes ) called me asking if those shoes Bob Hawke was wearing in the newspaper's photo were sold to him by us.

Labels handled were Cuggi, Aquila, Jag, Trent Nathan, Givenchy, Dom Bagnato, Christian Dior, Guy La' Roche, Valentino and other  exclusive lines.

I also remember Najee calling and offering our old shop site back in Coburg which he occupied for some years as we were  trading across the road ( Sydney Road ) Coburg. He also made the comment that GUY was unbeatable in Coburg.

1975 - 1980   Guy menswear - 334 High Street. Preston                                       PHOTOS

                          Guy menswear - 313 Glenhuntly Road Elsternwick                      PHOTOS 

                          Guy menswear - Walkers Arcade 471 Sydney Road Coburg      PHOTOS

1980 - 1990   Guy menswear -     85  Bell Street Coburg                                       PHOTOS yet to be added

                         Guy menswear - 492 Sydney Road Coburg                                       PHOTOS

                         Guy menswear - Foleys Mall 441 Sydney Road Coburg                 PHOTOS

Closing down radio

                         Guy menswear - shop 1 Sunbury Square Sunbury                          PHOTOS

1992

1986 - 2004

VIDEO EZY.     PHOTOS yet to be added

Reservoir. The first video Superstore in Melbourne showing the way for majors. This store had partners and quite a few name changes first at opening being Panorama, then Video Ezy, The Plains Video, and back to Video Ezy.

 

CRUISE VIDEO.

1990 - 2001   Cruise Video  - Kingsbury shopping Centre Lalor       PHOTOS 

                         Cruise Video - Maribyrnong Road Moonee Ponds         PHOTOS

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Companies once run by Young Victor

 

Aquilina Holdings Pty Ltd

Lodon Nominees Pty Ltd

Guy Nominees Pty Ltd

Aquilina Nominees Pty Ltd

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Young Victor Today

At present  Victor is running a boxing website and has been since 2004 and has now since Nov. 2009 has expanded it into a network consisting of www.youngvictorboxing.com.au & www.boxingtickets.net.au & www.yvb.com.au a situation of too early a retirement was the cause of this having expected to age sooner due to his father's early departure at 49 years of age

Earlier days:

  Victor Aquilina From left : My son Mark, my lovely wife Lynette 

for 41 years , my older son Paul and me "my Aquilina family"

Young Victor Lynette waiting to take the boat to new mooring 

from St. Kilda marina to Paterson Lakes.

      Bridget in the front garden, this is one lovely doggy.

(she picks my stocks on the ASX)

 

Recent News on YV

My mother Josephine Aquilina and father Paul Aquilina

I read somewhere : "whatever you give, if you give it freely and without conditions it'll come back to you two fold"

I visited my mother once a week at the nursing home between the years of 1990/2006, my very best and only real friend with never once a doubt.

and without conditions.

 

      AQUILINA      

See tribute to Josephine

 

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