Alfred Flask read a paper prepared by Dr Barry York. He stated that 1983 Maltese communities around Australia celebrated the centenary of the first organised and subsidised large group of migrants from Malta to Australia. It read: "it was no co-incidence that the upsurge in active interest in Maltese-Australian history occurred in the l980's. lt wasn't until the l980s that Maltese settlers, who migrated to Australia in the 1950s and 1960s, could afford the luxury of research. The fact that in 1988, Australia was celebrating two hundred years of European settlement further prompted the Maltese communities to look into their, own part in Australian history and society."