Italian Migration

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This collection contains works focusing on Italian migration and particularly the settlement of Italians in South Australia.


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    (Department of Languages, Flinders University, 2008-11) O'Connor, Desmond John
    Overview of a special issue devoted to aspects of Italian settlement in Australia stemming from an international conference held at Flinders University in September 2007 entitled "Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities".
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    Review of 'Australians in Italy: Contemporary Lives and Impressions' ed. Bill Kent, Ros Pesman and Cynthia Troup.
    ( 2010-04-29T12:29:27Z) O'Connor, Desmond John
    Review of 'Australians in Italy: Contemporary Lives and Impressions' ed. Bill Kent, Ros Pesman and Cynthia Troup.
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    Adopting and adapting: Italian settlement in South Australia in the 1950s and 1960s. [abstract].
    ( 2006) O'Connor, Desmond John
    The biggest influx of Italians to Australia, including South Australia, occurred during the 1950s and 1960s as a result of the Australian government’s post-war immigration programme, which attempted to meet the perceived need to populate Australia and to supply labour for the nation’s expanding industries. In the two decades 1950-1970 over a quarter of a million Italians migrated to Australia, 30,000 of whom (12%) settled in South Australia. This paper considers some social and cultural implications of the settlement of Italians in South Australia during these two decades. Extensive use is made of the life experiences of a number of SA Italians who have been interviewed during the last ten years.
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    Viva il Duce: The Influence of Fascism on Italians in South Australia in the 1920s and 1930s
    (Historical Society of South Australia, 1993) O'Connor, Desmond John
    The first big increase of the size of the Italian community in Australia occurred after World War I, due mainly to the tightening up by the USA of its immigration laws, including the application of a quota system, and also to the introduction by the Italian shipping line Lloyd Sabaudo of a direct link between Italy and Australia. As a result, the number of Italians in Australia more than tripled in the 1920s and 1930s, growing from 8000 in 1921 to 30000 in the period before the Second World War. In South Australia the increase was six-fold: from an official census figure of just 344 in 1921 to about 2000 by 1940. With the rise to power of Mussolini in 1922 the Fascist government started organising Fascist Party branches abroad with the aim of 'fascistising' throughout the world Italian migrants and their activities.
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    "Helping People Has Been My Happiness": The Contribution of Elena Rubeo to the Italian Community in South Australia
    (Lythrum Press, 2004) O'Connor, Desmond John
    Elena Rubeo, who was born in Rome in 1896, was the first woman in Australia to be appointed to an Italian consular post. This chapter will look at her life, her involvement in the Italian community, and the determination with which she defended Southern Italians.
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    A Home Away From Home: Alfred Mantegani in Australia
    (The Italian Discipline, Flinders University, 1992) O'Connor, Desmond John
    The name of Alfred Mantegani was first brought to the attention of historians of Italians in Australia in 1963 when the Italian-language newspaper 'La Fiamma' dedicated a Supplement to the Italian community in Adelaide, in which Mantegani was presented as the earliest Italian to settle in South Australia. Since then, historians of Australia's Italians have drawn on this newspaper article to add Mantegani's name to the list of Australia's early Italian merchants and professionals or to categorise him officially as "the first Italian [in South Australia] whose presence merited mention in early records" (Dennis 1974, Randazzo-Cigler 1987). Neither of these descriptions of Mantegani is accurate.