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The Co.As.It. Italian Family History Group Chairman Chris Iacono & his 
Committee invite you to attend the next event

 Guest Speaker

Francesca Musico Rullo


Date:Wednesday 26 September 2018
Time: 6:45 pm for 7.15 pm start
Venue: The Italian Forum Cultural Centre, Studio 2 & 3
23 Norton St, Leichhardt
(entry via internal stairs or external elevator from Ground floor to  Level 1)

TOPIC: World War II and Australia’s Italians – Internment, the Home Front and Finding Your Family’s Story!

On the 10th June 1940 Mussolini declared war on Britain and France. The 30,000 Italians living in Australia at the time were now declared ‘enemies’. Over 5000 Italian civilians were interned during World War II, and those that remained were subjected to surveillance and government-imposed restrictions. Francesca began her quest twenty years ago to unlock the story of her grandfather’s internment and will share his story with you.

Come hear Francesca speak about:

  •         Italian internment during World War II in Australia and the experiences of Italian Australians on the home front
  •         The story of her grandfathers and their differing experiences in Australia during World War II as featured in the new book by Mia Spizzica, Hidden Lives – War, Internment and Australia’s Italians (Interactive Publications)
  •          How to find records about your family’s internment or wartime experience.


Francesca Musico Rullo is a foundation member of the Co.As.It. Italian Family Group and was a committee member for over ten years. She served on Co.As.It’s  Italian Heritage Committee from 1999 until its dissolution. Francesca was involved (with Linda Nellor) in many historic exhibitions staged by Co.As.It such as Sydney’s Italian Fruit Shops and From the Backblocks to the Frontline – Italians in South West Sydney. She was also involved in instigating the project to obtain from Sicily a microfilm copy of L’Italo-Australiano, the first Italo-Australian newspaper published in 1885.  In 1999 she received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Department of History, University of Sydney, with a thesis on Italian Art and Artists in Nineteenth Century Sydney and carried out postgraduate studies on the history of Italian welfare groups in NSW (1881-2001). Francesca wrote the text for ‘Journey to a New Life – Italian migration to NSW’ a book produced by Co.As.It to accompany its historic photographic collection.  In her early career she taught History at Sydney, Macquarie and Western Sydney Universities and is currently a secondary HSIE teacher. She has published on many aspects of Italian migration history, her most recent, a chapter about her grandfathers in Mia Spizzica’s Hidden Lives – War, Internment and Australia’s Italians.

Entry $5 ~ No bookings required ~ Please register at front desk on arrival

Please join us at La Giara Café Restaurant in the Italian Forum after Francesca’s talk. (Refreshments at your own cost.)
Subsidised Parking available in the Italian Forum Carpark.  Validate your ticket at Cultural Centre front desk.
Contact Pina Leyland at Co.As.It. for more information. Tel: 02 9564 0744 or email

Please note: This event will be filmed