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Instruction Manual - 'Dubied' Knitting Machine, Edda Azzola, circa 1958 TradeLiterature Reg. No: HT 28857

Instruction manual in Italian language for a 'Dubied' knitting machine, probably sent out to Australia from Italy by the sister of Edda Azzola, who migrated to Melbourne from Italy in 1955. It relates to the knitting machine used by Edda in her Reservoir home to supply a Collingwood knitting mill with finely finished clothes for sale to Melbourne department stores, until the factory closed in 1974. The manual is more strictly for use with a series '8' machine (Edda's machine is a series '10').

Edda Azzola, nee Pugnetti, was born in 1927 in Moggio Udinese in the Friuli region, northern Italy and the family moved to nearby Pontebba four years later. In Italy Edda and her two sisters worked as knitting machinists from the family home. Edda married Angelo Azzola, a young man from her village and they migrated to Australia in the mid 1950s. In 1958 Edda purchased a knitting machine from an Italian girl who couldn't afford to take back to Italy. She then made contact with a factory owner, Mr Richard (Ricardo), whose knitting factory was in Collingwood. He supplied the wool to produce clothes which were supplied to stores such as Georges, Myer and David Jones. Edda worked for Richard until the factory closed in 1974, working on the machine and finishing by hand. She worked 5-6 hours a day, depending on demand and deadlines and the work suited her as it allowed her the flexibility of working from home, and organizing her labour to suit her domestic needs. After 1974, Edda used the machine to make clothing for family and friends, including baby clothes for her grandchildren.
Soft brown paper cover instruction manual, stapled spine and a small piece torn from the top right hand corner. The front cover is entitled: 'TUTTI QUESTI PUNTI SU MACCHINE A MANO/ DUBIED'. Published in Milan, Italy, all the text is in Italian. It contains operating instructions, design illustrations and step by step directions.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Edda Azzola, 2010
Discipline: Trade Literature
Dimensions: 300 mm (Height), 210 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: italian communities, italian immigration, clothing trade, textile industry, machine knitting, knitting machines
Themes this item is part of: Edda Azzola, Italian Migrant & Textile Worker, 1955, Migration Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Settlement - Employment
Tertiary Classification: tools & equipment
Inside cover handwritten: 'Edda Azzola, Melbourne 1958.

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