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Wedding Headpiece - Italian, White Net, 1957 Object Reg. No: HT 21559

Wedding head piece which was worn by Carmela Palermo as a proxy bride in Calabria Italy before migrating to Australia in 1957. It was commissioned by Carmela's mother, based on a style Carmela found in a magazine she had sent to her by her Italian fiance in Australia. Carmela did not have a second wedding once arriving in Melbourne but did wear it again for her wedding portraits here.

Carmela Palermo (nee Rocca) was born in 1940 in Sambiase, Calabria, Italy. She migrated to Australia as a proxy bride in 1957, flying via Rome and landing at Essendon Airport. She married neighbour Vicenzo Palermo who had migrated to Australia 5 years previously. They married in Brunswick and settled in a very underdeveloped Keilor. Carmela brought a glory box with her which followed by ship (two travelling trunks), and included linen, a dinner set, and a trousseau. The migration experience was a very difficult one for Carmela, with no family (although her husband had family in Australia) nor English language proficiency, she was extremely lonely and isolated. It took many years for her to settle, seek education and make Australia her home.
Small white netted headpiece, in a round rosette shape, with silver sequins sewn in scattered effect across the top. Rosette attached to round, flat wire frame with 2 looped pieces of wire covered in white netting attached to each side of the underside.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Carmela Palermo, 2006
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: italian communities, italian immigration, marriage customs rites, weddings, wedding costumes, brought goods, proxy brides, carmela rocca foto
Themes this item is part of: Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT. Collection, Migration Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Weddings
Tertiary Classification: clothing accessories
User: Carmela Palermo, Italy, 1957
User: Carmela Palermo, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, 1957
References: Oral history interview (and transcript) conducted for Glory Box phd research project, 22/10/2007

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