Bortolomeo (Bortolo) Flematti
From Our Contribution
20 years old Bortolo migrated to Australia on the SS Orcades from Naples with his 28 year old sister Emilia Flematti, arriving in Fremantle on 28 Jun 1923. During 1927 Bortolo had married Janet Matilda McKenna (1904 - 16 Apr 1999) in Perth. The City of Perth Rate Books for 1929 record him as living at 57 Hubert street, Victoria Park.
Bortolo took casual work as a fettler with the WA Government Railways in February 1934, and during April to June in 1936.
Electoral Roll entries: 1936 at Seventh road, Armadale, labourer; 1943 at Fifth road, Armadale, labourer.
discharged 27 Sep 1945
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1980 at 41 Sixth road Armadale, brick worker. It appears that he also took casual work as a fettler with the WA Government Railways in February 1934, April to June 1936
During the period 1939 - 1945 some unit names changed more than once. In the case of Australian Employment Companies they were also known as Works Companies, Labour Companies, Labour Units, Labour Corps. For sake of consistency I have adopted the term Employment Company. The role they played did not change with title. They were established to ensure that the Australian Defence Force had a large force of soldiers dedicated to essential labouring tasks, providing the physical labour needed to maintain the war effort and support the fighting forces.
Of the total of 39 Companies, 11 were part or fully manned by non British citizens known then as 'aliens'. These alien companies were not issued with arms. The 12th Company was one of them, raised in WA but later moving to Queensland.