I'm looking for information about my great-uncle Mário Vitorino Enguiça, a politician deported in East Timor. For years I've been looking for information since Portugal has a democracy. One of the ch…

I'm looking for information about my great-uncle Mário Vitorino Enguiça, a politician deported in East Timor. For years I've been looking for information since Portugal has a democracy.

One of the chances could be his escape to Australia. In my research I think he may (not sure) escape between 1941-1945, after the invasion of the Japanese.

I live in Portugal and would like to know if anyone has seen this family name somewhere: Enguiça. It's an unusual name.

I inherited this name as a tribute ... but I never met my great-uncle. I hope I could find some family alive in the other side of the world.


I would be very glad to know something. Thank you.

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Comment by Sylvia on October 12, 2017 at 3:21

Hi Elsa,

I found a copy of "Vida e Morte em Timor durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial" containing the following:

Lembra-se, ainda, o sr. Carraquico de três portugueses europeus que morreram à fome, «só com pele e osso», na costa sul.

Foram eles, o sr. Venceslau Pereira (escrivão do tribunal de Díli) , o deportado sr. Mário Vitorino Enguiça e outro deportado conhecido pelo apelido de «Silvinha» , o qual nos seus últimos tempos ficou cego devido às privações.” (source: https://archive.org/details/VidaEMorteEmTimorDuranteASegundaGuerraM... page200)

I don't speak or read Portuguese, but it seems to describe that Mário and 2 others died of starvation. I'm sure that you already know about this text, so I am wondering why you think that Mário might have escaped East Timor.

Sylvia

Comment by Elsa C. Enguiça Marques de Lemos on October 12, 2017 at 3:34

Hi Sylvia! 

Thanks a lot. In fact, I have that book, but there soo many stories, each one different... I'm looking for more clues that support that version... and if he had children. I know that my great-uncle probably is dead but I may find some lost family. My grandmother (Mário sister) and my mother (is niece) allready died wih that heartbreak. But I'm not giving up! Sorry my english. And thanks again.

Comment by Sylvia on October 12, 2017 at 4:11

I have the feeling that he died in WW2 without wife or children. However, if you want to continue your search, you could spend some time going through the online documents for Timor on the main part of this site: http://naa.gov.au/collection/search/ (click on "RecordSearch")  :

Unfortunately I don't think that you can look for the possible names in these files via the search screen, so you'll have to go through the files one by one. You could try to narrow the files down by defining a time period (eg 1942-1946) and with the some specific search words: e.g. Timor evacu*

(NB only the files that have a little "digital copy" icon are online at the moment)

Sylvia

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