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Secondhand. Good condition. Book has minimal edgewear. Some scratches on the inside front lining of the book. Some very minor marks on book foredges. Book jacket has minor creasing and a stain on the inside of the front.
This path-breaking study explores the experience of Italian migrants to Australia between 1860 and 1962.
Jackie Templeton employs the letters exchanged between Valtellinese migrants and their families to trace the extraordinary story of these sojourners who came from the mountains to the bush. Complemented by fascinating family and social histories,
124 letters are reproduced in full. Italian migrants did vital work and enriched their communities of adoption from the mining camps of Western Australia to the cane fields of north Queensland. Many became permanent migrants who inevitably had to ask themselves: 'Where is home?'
Letters were the means by which, during long absences, they attempted to maintain contact with their parents, siblings, wives and children, and to preserve some sense of continuity and stability. Today their letters allow us to peer behind the 'salt-water curtain' and understand both sides of the migration story.
Now out of print.
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I have spent over 20 years as a professional librarian managing specialist collections and archives for government and large corporations. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job has been building collections. It’s like Christmas when a book arrives, bundled up waiting to be unwrapped and explored.
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