Stories and Biographies about old Bterramians throughout the world
  • Elias El-Husni (khoury)
  • Deab Solomon Joseph
  • Stanton Melick
  • George Mellick, Nasta Jeha and family
  • Stan Mallick (1910-1990): Blayney and Standex Suits
  • Millie Melick's trip
Elias Moussa El-Hussni (khoury)
He was born on 1890 and deceased on Jun  27,  1938. He was
married to Salimeh Khalil Malek (1896 - July 9, 1952) and their
children are:
Maurice (1913 - May 8, 1999), Waheeb (1920 - July 31, 2001)
Najeeb born  1924, Alfred  born  1926
Latifeh (1928 - info to be updated)
Naim  (1930  - May 26, 2000 in Australia )
Georgette born on 1931, lives in Australia
Georges born on 1933, lives in Australia.
He was Bterram's priest during the 30s. The pictures presented in this file are shared by his
grand-son Mr Elie Morris Khoury (actual Municipality President). They describe scenes of people
during  traditional mourning marches through the streets of Bterram.
Old Bterramians men and women in a mourning march
in their way toward Assaydi cemetary
Picture taken at Nicolas Beck house in
Bterram April 14, 1935
Bterramians near the church starting their traditional mourning march
Deab Solomon Joseph *
Deab Solomon Joseph was born on April 25, 1908 in Bterram, Al Koura, Lebanon. His parents,
Sleiman Youssef and Mariana Wehbe were farmers on their village land. He was the fourth
child, and being the first boy he was “spoilt”. He came to Australia in 1925 with a friend from a
neighbouring village, Bishmezzine. He says he was a small fellow at 16, on an adventure, and
found that things were difficult here – he had been used to doing what he wanted, and he was
shocked that even onions were too expensive to eat with em’juddara.
His maternal grandfather, Jirjius Wehbe and uncle, Saleem Wehbe, were here long before him,
hawking around Crookwell and Braidwood. After all that he’d heard about them, he found that
they were just “human too”. His grandfather was married to Sirya, the sister of Stanton Mellick,
one of the Redfern warehouse owners.
After Deab arrived in Redfern, he was sent off hawking around Cessnock and Crookwell. He didn’
t like walking with bags, dogs barking at him. He was happier to work with a cousin, Najib
Wehbe, who had a motor car, and they hawked all over NSW, selling clothes of all kinds.
He tells a story of being a young man in Redfern, going to the billiards room for the first time
(in Elizabeth Street, opposite the park). When a fight broke out between the boys there, he was
hit (by other Lebanese) and called “a bloody Mellick” – as “Mellick was a high name”.
Deab spent his working years in different parts of NSW - hawking, drapery stores, factories and
even gold panning. He says that though he was good at making money, he wasn’t always wise
with it.
There are also some interesting insights into the experience of local Lebanese Australians
during World War Two. There are stories of the threat of internment and having to report to
police stations, especially if travelling around as a hawker. Deab tells a story of being called up
to a military office for questioning, and being let off by an Australian officer who had just
returned from the war in Lebanon.

*Interview from the Immigration Heritage Center of Australia: Interview dates: Jan. 13 and Jan. 17,
2000, Place: Redfern, length of tapes: Approx. 80 mins. and 90 mins
Stanton Melick *

Constantine (Stanton) Melick was born in Lebanon in 1864
and worked as a stonemason before coming to Australia. He
was one of the pioneers of the Lebanese community in New
South Wales, and exemplifies the early successful Lebanese
entrepreneurs of Redfern. He arrived in Sydney in 1888. Like
many of his fellow Syrians [as the Lebanese were then
termed] he set up business in the suburb of Redfern. His
was one of a number of these fabric, warehousing and
manufacturing businesses which prospered and became
large well known institutions in in the Elizabeth Street,
Redfern area. By 1900 his was one of the largest and most
established suppliers to the Manchester trade in Australia.
His contempories included the Dans, Correys, Lahoods,
Hannas, and Solomons.
"Stanton Melick at Sydney 1948".
These businesses supplied very many of the drapery and manchester hawkers who sold their
wares throughout New South Wales. Melicks and other Redfern businesses often extended
small amounts of training, credit and stock to new arrivals in order to get them started, and
later were major suppliers to the network of Lebanese owned businesses that spread
throughout rural areas.

Stanton Melick was naturalized in 1897. He married Florence Sunderland (1875-1959) at
Mosman in 1910. Together they contributed to Lebanese and Sydney society. Stanton did much
to promote the interests of small business people, especially those in country areas. Stanton
died working at his desk in his warehouse, aged 91 in 1955. His warehouse building in Elizabeth
Street Redfern, bearing his name and marked '1889' on the facade, still stands today.


* story and picture from the Australian Lebanese Historical Society Inc. (ALHS at
http://www.alhs.org.au/) reproduced with permission
George Mellick, Nasta Jeha and family

Leanne McInnes, from Australian (email:
lea_mac@bigpond.net.au), is sharing with us two precious
pictures about the old Maleks of Bterram her ancestors who
emigrated to Australia. Leanne is the great grand-daughter
of George Malek (or Mellick as seen in above picture).
Leanne is giving more details about the picture as follow:
"The adults are my Great grandparents George & Nasta Jeha
and their first two children Salem and Michael. I still
remember uncle Mick as a child..."
George Malek & Nasta Jeha and their
first two children Salem and Michael
(picture was taken around 1894-1895,
shared by L. McInnes)
Julia Malek standing in the back with
baby Fred in her arms. Beside her
husband Anthony Malek; sitting on the
left is George Malek. The older lady on
the left is apparently Safura Mellick -
mother of Anthony & George.. the
other children in the photo are Habib,
Julian, Ivy (Picture taken around 1902,
shared by L. McInnes).
"other children to come were May who married reuben Moses, Arthur (my grandfather who I
lived with from when I was a baby until I was thirteen. He died a few months after I was
married in 1983). Their last child was Miriam who married George Manning. Aunty Miriam and
her husband had the privilege to travel to Lebanon when I was a child. They told me many
beautiful stories.
I still eat lots of Lebanese food and prepare many meals that my grandfather taught me.
Some of my favourites are Kibbie, Bean stew (I don't  know how to spell the leb. word),
m'judrah, and a chicken and vermicelli dish that I have never seen in a Leb. Restaurant.  Of
course there is also hummus & tabouleh...."

Leanne is looking for more information about her fore fathers & mothers. For all contacts,
please use her above email address!
Stan Mallick (1910-1990): Blayney and Standex Suits *

Stanley Abraham Mallick was born in Bterram in 1910 and migrated to Australia in 1924 aged
14. At first he lived with his sister Hilanie in Homehill, Queensland before working as a
hawker at the age of 16. He eventually settled in the Blayney district in NSW in 1932 and
opened a men's clothing business.
He was said to have been so well known in Blayney that he was referred to as Stanley Blayney
and contributed much to the development of the Blayney township. Among his achievements
included founding the Blayney newspaper, member of the Shire Council, foundation member
and secretary of the Bowling Club, instigated the reopening of the Blayney abattoir, member
of the Pony club, Rotary and other service organisations.
In 1957 Mallick sold his store in Blayney
and moved with his family to Sydney. He
and his family were accorded a public
farewell and diner in recognition of their
years in business and civic life.
In Sydney, he founded the Standex brand
of trousers and suits that became well
known around the world.
At the time of his death in 1990 he lived at
Vaucluse and was survived by his wife
Sylvie (nee Malouf) and son Robert and
daughter De-Whyn.
* story and picture from the Australian
Lebanese Historical Society Inc. (ALHS at
http://www.alhs.org.au/) reproduced with
permission
Interior of Mallick's Store, Blayney, c.1955
Millie Melick's Trip*

Jamillie "Millie" Melick immigrated to Australia with her family, including her parents Abraham
and Jalelie Melick, in 1909. The family settled in Redfern and Abraham joined the business
operated by his younger brothers Aziz and Stanton Melick.
In 1922 she accompanied her uncle Stanton and aunt Florence "Flo" Melick (nee Sunderland)
on a world trip that included a long stopover in Lebanon and a visit to her home village of
Bterram. Here she met a very the hansome and dashing George Melick (only distantly
related). (George Melick had served in the United States Army during World War One).
Romance blossomed and they were married in her home village.

Eventually she returned to Australia with her new husband and the couple settled in the New
South Wales country town of Grenfell where they opened a successful drapery business and
raised their family.

On the way to Lebanon she posted the following postcard to her sister Faredah Wehby (nee
Melick):
"Auntie Millie in Rickshaw - 1922"
8/19/1922
My Dear Faredah
I hope your are all in the best of Health as this leaves myself and Aunties and Mr. Dan. We
are arriving in the Suez Canal tomorrow. As we are a day late and will not get to Port Said
until Friday, I was speaking to Auntie Flo this morning and she received a wire from Uncle
Habib Melick from the Suez so I feel quite excited this morning. Write and tell me what you
think of my photo. Well dear how I do miss you all and wish I was back among you all again
but time will come when I should feel it more. Hope all Braidwood folks are in the very best of
Health. Give them all my love. Dear Jack & Darling Deab also Jahamill and tons to your good
self.

Your ever loving sister Jamillie x x x x x x x x x x x

* story and picture from the Australian Lebanese Historical Society Inc. (ALHS at
http://www.alhs.org.au/) reproduced with permission
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