Co.As.It. Italian Family History Group

 Quarterly Report

1st Quarter 2015

The Co.As.It. Italian Family History Group (IFHG) kicked off the year with our featured guest speaker John Barnes, President of New Italy, at our 25 February event at Palace Cinemas, Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW. John presented an engaging historical account of the 1881 migration of Italians to this northern NSW community. The event was well received with an audience base of over 90 attendees.

Our second event of the quarter featured; Max Bosotti on 25 March, CEO of The Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of NSW, born in Torino and migrated to Australia in 1950 as a “displaced person” following the partition of the Isterian part of Italy after WW2 to Yugoslavia (now Croatia) – an engaging story of family struggle and his successful career in Australia.

Our event series for 2015 includes:

22 April – Lina Raffaella Rapone, presenting her topic, I’m Italian…are You? …..with the focus on Italian migrants from the Abruzzo region in Italy, who settled and raised their families in the town of Griffith in southwest New South Wales.

27 May – Paola Bacchia, ‘Italy on my Mind’ – an Italian food blog about the culture and passion of Italy where food unravels memories of the past and love of family.

24 June – Romeo Varagnolo, President of Associazione Giulian Sydney Inc., and Vice President of Federazione dei Circoli Giuliano-Dalmati d’Australia.  Romeo is a writer, satirical playwright and artist member of Lane Cove Art Society. Mr Varagnolo will present the topic: ‘Why Trieste between 1943 -1954 was under the control of Italy, Germany, Yugoslavia, Britain-America and  back to Italy. 10% of the population of Trieste left the city to migrate to Australia between 1954 – 1960’.

26 August – guest TBA

23 September – guest TBA

28 October – Joe Avati, comedian, actor and producer

25 November – 4 member panel discussion with moderator

topic;  family research / heritage

We thank Antonio Zeccola and family of Palace Cinemas for their continued support in 2015 for this wonderful venue.

Italianicious Magazine published a beautiful four page article, entitled ‘Uncovering The Past’, in the March / April 2015 issue about the IFHG’s history, what we do, and the importance of family ancestral research.

The IFHG are scheduled to present a two-hour information program on 4 June at the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) Sydney, on the topic of  ‘Effective ways to create and research your Italian family heritage’.

Our facebook page is doing well with over 320 likes   and has proven to be an effective advertising vehicle for the Group, in addition to our website.

The Italian Family History Group will host a bus trip on 11 April to ‘New Italy’ for the CARNEVALE ITALIANO FESTIVAL in Woodburn, NSW. We thank Maria Linder’s, our secretary / treasurer, for organizing and administrating this project.

The IFHG held a Committee meeting on 14 March and our next meeting is set for 23 May.

The Italian Family History Group thank Co.As.It. for their continued support, and our sponsors; Leichhardt Council, NSW Community Relations Commission, Palace Cinemas, Strata Choice, Frank Moschella and Bunna Bunno Olive Grove.

Art Phillips

Chairman, The Co.As.It. Italian Family History Group