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RITA PALOMBO’S SEARCH FOR HER MOTHER – VICKI HELEN PALOMBO (Kagiali)

 Rita Palombo hasn’t seen her mother Vicki for 30 years

Rita Palombo hasn’t seen her mother Vicki for 30 years

My name is Rita Palombo, and I am searching for my mother, Vicki Helen Palombo (Kagiali).

I last saw my mother 30 years ago. My father, Domenico, and my mother were married in Adelaide in 1963.  My brothers, sisters and I were born in Adelaide, South Australia. 

After living in Adelaide for a number of years we moved to the Riverland town of Loxton in the mid 70’s.  We lived in Loxton North and my father and mother worked as fruit pickers to make ends meet.  I am the oldest of their children and have two brothers and one sister.

We were in contact with a family in Darwin recently, who she worked with, and they advised she remarried and went to Melbourne

My parents wedding. My mother and father are to the right of the priest

My parents wedding. My mother and father are to the right of the priest

We then heard she left with a Greek friend and they went to Coober Pedy in South Australia.  I have put an advert in the NT News but received no response.  I have also been working with the Salvation Army tracing service for a number of years, but with no success.

My father Domenico, Godfather, my mother holding me and Godmother Katerina

My father Domenico, Godfather, my mother holding me and Godmother Katerina

In my searches a lady who knew Vicki in Loxton, SA said she  spoke the Greek language well. Vicki is of Greek/Egyptian parents who’s sirname was Vaso.
 
I went to a Catholic school for a short time before mum left us as my dad is Italian and Roman Catholic of course. I remember going to a few Greek weddings when I was little.  I do remember going to the odd Greek dance from time to time and remember dancing to Zorba the Greek for some reason.

My mother Vicki me (Rita) and Katerina

My mother Vicki, me (Rita) and Katerina

I am 45, George 43, Robbie, 41 and Lynda 39.  My brother thinks he saw our mother  in 1985 in Darwin when she would have been 39. My mother would now be 63 years old. 

The rest is a little vague but from speaking to other people my father and mother didn’t live as husband and wife a couple of years after my sister was born (1970).

My sisters christening in Adelaide.  My mother, me, dad, sister Lynda and brother George

My sisters christening in Adelaide. My mother, me, dad, sister Lynda and brother George

In the late 70’s my mother went to Darwin and contacted my father saying there was a lot of work in Darwin.  We then all moved there in 1979.  I only recall seeing her from time to time after that.  I became a rebellious teenager when my mother left and really didn’t want anything to do with her at that age, but that was 30 years ago.  My father didn’t know what happened to her, contact just stopped in the early 80’s.  My father mentioned when he was ill that she had gone back to South Africa.  This was in the last stages of his illness but I’m not sure if that is correct.  I don’t really know when the contact with my father stopped as he has since passed away.  I wish I had asked more questions when he was still alive and of sound mind. 

My sisters Godparents wedding.   My father Domenico, Sophie and Robert Edmunds and my mother Vicki

My sisters Godparents wedding. My father Domenico, Sophie and Robert Edmunds and my mother Vicki

We were in contact with a family in Darwin recently, who she worked with, and they advised she remarried and went to Melbourne.  We then heard she left with a Greek friend and they went to Coober Pedy in South Australia.  I have put an advert in the NT News but received no response.  I have also been working with the Salvation Army tracing to service for a number of years, but to no avail.

My mother was born in Belgium Congo, Africa in 1945.  Her mothers name was Mandy.   I don’t know my grandmothers maiden name or who my grand father was.  My grandmother married several times.  The last husband I remember my grandmother marrying was named Neville Coombes.  They adopted a son named Ray who is in his early 40’s.  For reasons not known to me, my mother wasn’t allowed to visit her mother, so over the years contact was lost with my grandmother as well.  They lived in Henley Beach in South Australia.  It wasn’t until recently that I found out my mother had a brother who was killed in a war.

Two of Vicki's Grand-children Dan and Brett

Two of Vicki's Grand-children Dan and Brett

As I have grown older I can accept that she left us for whatever reason that may be. I understand about differences and desperately wish she would contact us.  She has four children that have grown into good people and 10 absolutely gorgeous grandchildren aged 6 – 22.  Lynda (her daughter) and Robbie (her son) have 4 children each, George (her son also) has recently been married and I have two children Dan and Brett.

I can be contacted through the Coober Pedy Regional Times by email on cptimes@ozemail.com.au or 08 86725920 if anyone can help me or requires more information.  

Rita Palombo

2 replies »

  1. i read your story about your self and sister and brother how you was searching for your mother. Its very sad to hear about your family and i hope you find your mother. I understand how you feel about not seeing your mother and how hard it was to look after your brother and sister. it was good to read your story. I am a young man from Coober Pedy and i hope you find your mother.

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