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Hat - Female, Wool, Brown,1950s Object Reg. No: HT 21683

Brown woolen hat worn by Carmela Palermo when she migrated to Australia from Italy as a proxy bride in 1957. It was a present from her father who purchased it for her in Rome just prior to her departure. She continued to wear it in Australia and tended to make her own clothes as she was not taken with the local fashions.

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 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.
Straw hat covered in soft brown wool with round crown and brim and matching brown cotton ribbed ribbon around base of crown joining at a flat bow at the back. Cream lining sewn into interior.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Carmela Palermo, 2006
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: women s clothing accessories, hats, headwear, italian communities, italian immigration, immigration, clothing accessories, proxy brides
Themes this item is part of: Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT. Collection, Migration Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: clothing accessories
Place & Date Purchased: Italy, circa 1957
User: Carmela Palermo, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1957-1990
References: Oral history interview (and transcript) conducted for Glory Box phd research project, 22/10/2007

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