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Raffaella Lina Rapone  – “I’m Italian! …are You”….?

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Palace Cinemas, cinema #1, 99 Norton St, Leichhardt, NSW Australia
Time:
6.30pm for 7.00pm
entry fee is $5.00 at the door

Italian migrants from the Abruzzo region in Italy who settled and raised their families in the town of Griffith in southwest New South Wales,
the 100 year story of Italian migration to Griffith.

As generations pass the story of Italian immigration to Australia will become less prominent. I am a descendant of Italian migrants from the Abruzzo region who is very keen to see that the story of Italians in Australia is not only remembered but also transmitted to future generations.

To this end, four years ago I began a research project at the University of Sydney looking at how connected descendants of Italian migrants may or may not be to their cultural heritage. The participants for the study were descendants of Italian migrants from the Abruzzo region in Italy who settled and raised their families in the town of Griffith in southwest New South Wales.

The town of Griffith holds a unique place in the history of Italian migration to Australia. 2013 marked 100 years since the arrival of the first Italians to the town. From the time of those first three men, Italian immigration to Griffith and the surrounding villages has grown with more than 60% of the current population of the district able to claim Italian ancestry.

The motivation for my project came from my profound affection towards the Abruzzo region, a strong attachment to the city of Griffith, and a sense of camaraderie in the shared experience of the descendants of migrants. The study provided an opportunity to allow those participating, including myself, time to reflect on how all these facets interrelate and drive (or not) feelings of connectedness to Italian cultural heritage.

In my presentation I will share with you some of the aspects of the 100 year story of Italian migration to Griffith together with a brief summary of my research findings.

PLEASE RSVP by 17 April coasitifhg@gmail.com   TO BOOK YOUR SEAT.