Migration to Australia offered new opportunities for many Maltese. It inevitably also involved leaving loved ones behind. For Jessie Grima and her children, this meant saying goodbye to their beloved pet dog Flossy.
Flossy was 11-year-old Alfred's dog. Flossy was a very loved member of the family and virtually inseparable from the children. Wherever they went, Flossy went too. Flossy even appeared in the photograph attached to the family’s migration application!
Jessie made that application so her family could be reunited. As with many Maltese families, her husband Joseph Grima had migrated to Australia first. This enabled him to get established in work and arrange accommodation before the rest of the family migrated.