Italian Family History Group
Co.As.It. Italian Family History Group invite you to attend our March 2014 meeting with special guest:Dr Ilma Martinuzzi O’Brien

When: Wednesday, 26th March, 2014 – 6:45pm for 7:15pm start
Where: The Italian Forum Cultural Centre, Performance Hall,23 Norton Street, Leichhardt

Dr Ilma Martinuzzi O’Brien – The Internment of Italians in Loveday

Mario SardiThe World War II Internment of Italians in Loveday, South Australia: Who and Why?

During the Second World War 4,855 Australian residents of Italian origin were interned under the National Security Act. Of this total, 831 were from NSW, and many were sent to Loveday Internment Camp. Little has previously been written about the experiences of these civilians during their detention.

Now an Italian internee’s daily diary has been published in English by historian Dr Ilma

Martinuzzi O’Brien. The diary, by Mario Sardi, records what it was like for civilians to be “captured” because they were Italian and held behind barbed wire thousands of miles from home without trial for months and years. In this talk Dr O’Brien will discuss who was interned and why, and based on the diary, will outline some of their experiences in Loveday. 

Dr Ilma Martinuzzi O’Brien is an Honorary Research Associate in the School of Historical and European Studies, at La Trobe University (Melbourne).She was Director the Co.As.It. Italian Historical Society 1987 – 1993, where she curated the national Bicentennial exhibition Australia’s Italians 1799-1988 and also co-curated Bridging Two Worlds: Jews, Italians and Carlton at the Museum of here for more info >>
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Lucio Galletto

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Co.As.It. Italian Family History Group Monthly Talk Events Calendar
6.45 for a 7.15pm start.

  • March 26, 2014 (Wednesday)
  • May 7, 2014 (Wednesday)
  • May 29, 2014 (Thursday)
  • June 12, 2014 (Thursday)
  • August 27, 2014 (Wednesday)
  • September 24, 2014 (Wednesday)
  • October 22, 2014 (Wednesday)
  • November 19, 2014 (Wednesday)

Don’t miss out: Entry Fee  $5.00 per person @ the door

Please RSVP by 24th March 2014

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