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Addio Italia - Hello Australia$49.50 AUDThis is the first book to provide a comprehensive account of the Stanthorpe Italian Pioneers. Their life stories retrace the political and social events both in Italy and Australia during the depression and war years. The oral histories are told with an innocence and sincerity that reveal their innermost desires, expectations, tribulations and accomplishments.
Set in the first half of the twentieth century, the new migrants provide a vivid exposé of their lifestyles in Italy and their boat voyages to Australia. They openly discuss their enthusiastic expectations of acquiring wealth in the Queensland sugar cane fields.What they had not contemplated was the local hostility and political interference that prohibited them from fulfilling their dreams in north Queensland.