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Anna Maria La Spina

Anna Maria La Spina

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories Where were you born? Brisbane, Australia   When did your family come to Australia? My Mother came over to Australia when she was 3. Her family is from Piede Monte Etneo (Catania) in Sicily.   My Father came over 10yrs later than that when he was 19. His family is from Santa Venerina (Catania) in Sicily.   Did you grow up in Australia? Yes   What are your earliest ...

Art Phillips (Arturo Di Filippo)

Art Phillips (Arturo Di Filippo)

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories My grandfather, Antonio Di Filippo (1894 ~ 1970) immigrated from Montenero Val Cocchiara, Molise (Isernia, Italy) in 1907 to the USA, he was 7 years old.  His mother passed away at his birth and his father took care of the 8 children, however, 6 months after Antonio's birth his father, Crescenzo Di Filippo, died of a heart attack whilst working in the field. The eldest brother, Nicklas, ...

Carmel Bridger

Carmel Bridger

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories   Carmel Bridger | San Marco Argentano, Calabria. An unfulfilled ambition led Carmel back to university to study teaching in 2006.  Arriving in Australia from Calabria in Southern Italy in 1966 at the age of nine, she was unable to speak a word of English.  As an English as a Second Language (ESL) student, Carmel was placed in grade three, while her age equivalent peers were in ...

Carmella Di Maggio

Carmella Di Maggio

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories Carmela was six months pregnant with her first daughter when she flew with Vincenzo from Sicilia to Sydney with Air India.  The journey took three days and from Sydney, they flew on to Brisbane.  They didn’t speak any English and they didn’t have the opportunity to take any classes, getting by in day-to-day life their language school.  By day Vincenzo worked on the ...

Carole Horne

Carole Horne

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories My first visit to Italy was in the late 1980’s when I was travelling alone in Europe, nursing a broken heart.  Given my most recent romantic catastrophe, it made perfect sense – at least to me - that I should be drawn to what is very probably the most romantic city in the world: Venice.   I only spent a day and a night in La Serenissima but – in true love-at-first-sight ...

David Ruggiero

David Ruggiero

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories Where were you born? Rome, Italy When did you come to Australia? 7th April 2010 And from where? Rome, Italy Did you grow up in Australia? No I didn’t Your understanding of Italy: I grew up there, it is very extensive. Have you ever been in Italy? Yes, I was born and lived there until I came to Australia How many times? For how long? 28 years   What do you see as the advantages of ...

Dominique Rizzo

Dominique Rizzo

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories   Dominique Rizzo went to Sicilia for the first time at the age of three.  With her Italian father and Australian mother, her older and younger brother, they stayed on the farm of her uncle.  It was here that she first remembers seeing the process of the pigs being butchered and meat prepared.  It was the start point of a lifelong fascination with simple, fresh food, and ...

Elio Marzullo

Elio Marzullo

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories    Elio Marzullo looked for a job, and found a career.  At the age of 22 he made his first trip back to Italy since the family had emigrated in 1973.  Supposed to be for six weeks, his first call home was to suggest that he wasn’t going to come back to Australia, connecting immediately to the lifestyle and his cultural heritage.  He stayed for nine months, eventually ...

Francesco Anglani

Francesco Anglani

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories Where were you born? I was born in a small town close to Brindisi, Apulia Region in the South Italy. When did your family come to Australia? I arrived in Australia on November 2012 with my partner. Have you ever been in Italy? How many times? For how long? I lived almost all my life in Italy till the age of 29. What do you see as the advantages of being ...

Jacqueline Bawtree

Jacqueline Bawtree

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories   The second time I arrived in Italia in 2009, I went from Roma to stay in Siena, staying six weeks to attend language school.  In a shared student apartment full of international students (Swiss, German, Japanese, Montenegrin, Mexican, American, Scottish), there was an inherent desire in each of us to 'be Italian', to live the Italian life while there, and truly experience what ...

James Liotta

James Liotta

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories Where were you born? Melbourne, Australia When did your family come to Australia? My mother came to Australia when she was around 15. My father arrived in his late 20’s. There is a bit of age difference between the 2. Very common in those days. Did you grow up in Australia? Yes. Always in Melbourne. What are your earliest memories about growing up in ...

Luigi Borgo

Luigi Borgo

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories    Luigi Borgo always understood the value of where he came from and who he was.  He regularly visits Italia where his elderly Zio and Zia live and work on the farm his father grew up on in the region of Veneto in north eastern Italia.  They continue to live the traditional and simple life of the contadini - Luigi’s Zia up at 3.30am to throw a log on the fire to get the ...

Marco Mureddu

Marco Mureddu

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories   Are you of Italian heritage? Yes   Where were you born? Sassari, Sardegna (Italy)   When did you come to Australia? I came to Australia in October 2006   From where? Macomer, Sardegna   What are your earliest memories about growing up in Australia? Unfortunately, I don’t have any as I grew up in Italy I spent my childhood there and lived there until my early ...

Maria Lamari

Maria Lamari

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories Where were you born? Brisbane Australia  When did your family come to Australia? 1966 Did you grow up in Australia? Yes  What are your earliest memories about growing up in Australia? Dad always being at work Have you ever been in Italy? How many times? For how long? Yes 10 times…. Between 3 weeks and three months What do you see as the advantages of ...

Mariangela Stagnitti

Mariangela Stagnitti

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories Are you of Italian heritage? Yes Tell us something of your understanding of Italy: Italy is a living beauty. It has so much diversity to it now than when my parents were growing up there. What is Italy these days? I don't think anyone is able to answer that. I was there a few years ago and was so mesmerised by how 'modern' Italy is. Chinese restaurants, sushi bars, Indian ...

Mario and Angela Testa

Mario and Angela Testa

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories Mario Testa was born in Innisfail.  His father arrived in Australia at the age of 25 in 1929.  He cut cane in north Queensland for 18 years.  In 1936, arranged by his family he married a girl from his hometown by proxy.  At the church, his father stood in in his absence.  After the ceremony, his new wife went back home and waited for three months until her new husband could ...

Narelle Hindley

Narelle Hindley

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories Our Italian dream fulfilled.  Dreams really can come true. Have you ever sat on a balcony somewhere in Italy gazing in awe at the majestic landscape and wondered if it would ever actually be possible for this to be more than a holiday but your home? Well, my husband and I have done this many times during our numerous visits to Italy and guess what? We actually did it. We moved to Italy in our ...

Robert Cavallucci MP

Robert Cavallucci MP

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories     Family traditions remain strong through the three generations since the arrival of Robert Cavallucci’s grandparent’s in Australia.  Annually they get together for giorno di passata di pomodoro - tomato day - when tomatoes are at their most abundant and families and friends get together to make passata to last them until the next season.  They no longer pick the ...

Salvatore di Mauro

Salvatore di Mauro

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories    Ellena di Mauro was a seamstress.  By day Carmello di Mauro was a baker, by night he was a watchmaker.  Seeing his parent’s working at their crafts meant Salvatore felt it was okay to make and create independently.  On leaving school he had wanted to become a commercial artist, which would mean coming to live in Brisbane to study.  His traditional father ...

Selene Pennetta

Selene Pennetta

Read More Stories of Italy and Italian Stories   Where were you born? I was born in a small town close to Lecce located in the Apulia Region of the South Italy.  When did you come to Australia?  I arrived in Australia in November 2012.  Have you ever been in Italy? How many times? For how long? I lived in Italy till the age of 28. When I was 23 years old I lived outside Italy for a period of time ...

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