Inventing 'Italians': experiences and responses in Australia's colonial and federation societies

Dewhirst, Catherine (2002) Inventing 'Italians': experiences and responses in Australia's colonial and federation societies. In: Social Change in the 21st Century Conference 2002, 22 Nov 2002, Brisbane, Australia.


In order to appreciate the impact of Italian migrants on Australia’s colonial and early Federated societies, and how they managed their place and identities within urban and rural settings, it is necessary firstly to outline the approach of Australia’s official policies towards them while contextualising such an approach globally. There are also a number of problems associated not only with the notion of ‘Italians’, but with the idea of their migrant communities, or ‘colonies’ to which they were referred by the early 1900s. This point engages the discourse on regionalism versus nationalism in terms of identity. Finally, the idea of invention needs to be placed in the context of the turn of the twentieth century for the experiences and responses of Italian migrants to be expanded from views that have acknowledged neither their dynamism nor the innovative approaches they applied to their situations. Each of these points can be discussed
following [Giovanni]Pullè’s life and activities, and illustrated by examples from Australia’s history and the literature devoted to Italian emigration. In particular, analysis of Pullè’s involvement with his co-nationals renders the concept of inventing ‘Italians’ an important part of early Italo-Australian experience.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:04
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 04:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: Italian; Italians; migration; Italian migration history; family history; ethnicity; Australia
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200208 Migrant Cultural Studies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society

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