Giovanni Pullè: pioneer and founding father of Italian ethnicity

Dewhirst, Catherine (2003) Giovanni Pullè: pioneer and founding father of Italian ethnicity. Spunti e Ricerche, 17 (Supple). pp. 26-49. ISSN 0816-5432


Giovanni Pullè (1854-1920) was an Italian migrant in Australia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who attempted to unite a fragmented, geographically dispersed, and diverse Italian migrant population during a crucial phase in Australia's history. Becoming an independent merchant, and later a member of the Italian business élite, he founded both L'Italo-Australiano (1905-1909) and the Oceania (1913-1915) which remain testimony to the collective presence of Australia's early Italian migrant 'communities'. The concepts of 'Italian' identity and community are not without their problematic dimensions. However, Pullè's newspapers illustrate an important episode in Italo-Australian history and their analysis describes how Pullè and others constructed a cohesive communal identity. Their efforts have received only passing acknowledgment in Italo-Australian scholarship. Exploration of the particular ventures that Pullè undertook enables us to acknowledge him not only as a pioneer of italianità [Italianness], but also as a founding father of Italian ethnicity.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:06
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 04:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: Italian migration history; Italian ethnicity; ethnic community construction; foreign language press
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200208 Migrant Cultural Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210304 Biography
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture

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