Fortune Seekers

The Madeirans are known for its emigration culture. Especially in the past young people seeking opportunities that the Island could not provide. They migrated to countries like Venezuela, Jersey, USA, Brazil, South Africa, Australia and more.

And then you wonder … what has become of these young fortune seekers from Madeira?

Some of them we can keep track on the media … such as Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (professional Portuguese footballer). But there are also more who have reached a certain level of success.

Today I found an interview in the Sydney Star Observer with a Madeiran, who is a celebrity florist in Australia. His name is Ferdinando de Freitas, the man behind Garlands Florist, Sydney’s premier flora company.

It wasn’t until I was 18 that my parents decided to move to Australia. It was an unreal journey, as I had never left the island before, not even to mainland Portugal. Moving from a natural environment to a big city was hard at times and Sydney was really ugly back then.

Read the interview at Sydney Star Observer

3 Replies to “Fortune Seekers”

  1. This florist must be a relative of mine…same last name. Thanks for this excellent blog. Keeps me in touch with my roots. Also, thanks for visiting my blog and your comment. Keep up the good work.


  2. I read the transcript. Really nice. I also enjoy reading some of your write ups. I hope you can also visit my blog site!

    Keep it up!

  3. @Bernadette: Thank you for your kind words. If by any chance Ferdinando is a relative of you … could you let me know? It would then show how ‘small’ the world sometimes can be 🙂

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