H.E. Peter Paul Portelli - Grand Master of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul Inc.


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Biography of Peter Paul Portelli

Peter Paul Portelli was born in Nadur, Gozo, Malta on the 26 Septe4mber, 1952. His father was Coronatu Portelli, son of Paul Portelli and grandson of Gamm Maria Portelli.
His mother was Margaret nee Falzon daughter of Mikiel Falzon ancestors of Majsi Falzon who went to live in Gozo after the great siege of Malta.
The family name is tas-Sultan and lived in Ramla Road till he was 19 years old before emigrated to Australia. In Australia he settled in Melbourne. Peter Paul Portelli has three children Corey, Catherine and Aaron from a previous marriage. Peter Paul Portelli is now married to Mary, nee Saliba from Zebbug, Gozo.
Peter Paul entered the elementary school of Nadur at six years of age. At the age of 7 he was selected as prefect of the class.  Every year after that he was always selected as the prefect or as a class spokes person.

At the age of fourteen years, he was already a community leader, involved in music, dancing, singing and football in his home town of Nadur. He was a member of the Mnarja Philharmonic Society, was a member of the local dance group, sang in the local choir and solo and coached the Catholic Action soccer team.
In Australia he formed soccer teams at the work place.

In 1979 he formed the Australian Nadur Association to organize the feast of St. Peter and Paul and became its first president. He ordered the statue of St. Peter and St. Paul that was made in Nadur, Gozo by Michael Camilleri Cauchi.

Bishop Nikol Cauchi blesses the statue of St. Peter and St. Paul before it was sent to Australia in 1981. THe statue arrived 5 days after the celebration of 1981 and was used for the first time for the feast in June, 1982, in the year that the original statue in the Basilica of Nadur was inaugurated 100 years earlier.


In 1986 he was elected Councillor of the City of Sunshine winning by 51% of the primary votes. During his term in office of Councillor,  the council named a street after Portelli’s home town of Nadur. The street is named Nadur Court and has nineteen houses in the suburb of St. Albans.
In 1987 the council of the City of Sunshine chose Nadur as its Sister City. On New Years Eve of 1987 during Monsignor Archpriest Sam Muscat visit to Melbourne the Mayor of the City of Sunshine Cr. Gerry O’Connor officially invited him at the Town Hall together with Cr. Portelli and Mr. Guzi Muscat from Nadur.
Councillor Peter Paul Portelli presenting the flag of the City of Sunshine.

In 1988 Councillor Portelli represented the City of Sunshine at the tri centennial celebrations of the parish of Nadur. Councillor Peter Paul Portelli presented  the flag of the City of Sunshine to the Mnarja Philharmonic Society. He also presented a flag to the Mnarja Philharmonic Society that was paid for by the Nadurin living in Melbourne.


The late Bishop of Gozo Mons. Nikol Cauchi visited the Maltese Cultural Centre in 1995.

In 1991 he founded the Maltese Cultural Association Inc. In 1992 he acquired an old railways building and established the Maltese Cultural Centre, in Albion.  The Hon. Ian Baker State Member for Sunshine officially opened the Maltese Cultural Centre and was blessed by the Rector of Ta' Pinu Sanctuary in Gozo, Malta, Mons. Benedict Camilleri on the 23 December, 1993.
Peter Paul Portelli founded many associations which some of them are still very successful today. Including the St. Albans Christmas Festival of All Nations, the Rabat Malta Seniors Citizens Association, the St. Albans branch of the Liberal Party,


In November 1996 he formed the Order of St. Peter and Paul to honuor members of the Catholic faith for their tireless work in the community.

Knight Commander Eddy M. Abraham being congratulated by the Mayor of the City of Brimbank, Cr. Ciro Lombardi.

The first investiture took place at St. Bernadette's parish church in North Sunshine in 1997.
The name Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul, was changed in 2009 to comply with the Catholic church.
The Confraternity now has chapters in Melbourne - Sydney - Canberra - South Australia - Western Australia - Malta- Croatia - Austria - Toronto Canada - Cambridge Canada - Gambia - Angola - Cameroon - Peru  - Russia - Italy - Sicily - Germany - Argentina, Spain - Portugal and Holland.

The feast of St. Peter and St. Paul in Melbourne in June. 2013 with the Very Rev. Fr. Tony Kerin Parish Priest of St. Martin De Porres in Avondale Heights after the Solemn Mass.


In November 2005, he ran as Independent candidate for the Grasslands Ward of the Brimbank City Council and lost by 8 votes. 
On the 29th. November 2008, Peter Paul Portelli contested once again the Brimbank City Council elections. He polled 400 more votes from the 2005 election but although he once again was a preferred by the voters he didn't have enough preferential votes to win the election.
Brimbank City Council was dismissed by the State Government of Victoria for corruption and intimidation by some councillors. The dismissal took place on 15 th. September, 2009, just nine months after the 2008 elections.


Peter Paul Portelli started this website Nadurjana.com on the 12 February, 2006. Nadurjana.com provides a lot of interesting programs to the visitors. Every day people from all over the world visit this website. Countries such as Germany, Russia, Vietnam, just to name a few.

Last year Peter Paul Portelli started the website of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul.




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