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Negative - Italian Community Gathering, Wonthaggi, Victoria, circa 1929 Image Reg. No: MM 5935

Wonthaggi township developed during the early 20th century as a service town to house workers from the State Coal, which opened in 1910 to supply black coal to the Victorian Railways. It was part of the Powlett River coalfields.
Description Of Content:
Members of the Wonthaggi Italian community. They are standing in front of a wooden building. A man at the back has his arm raised holding a what appears to be a large flower like an arum liliy over the head of a woman in front of him.

The contributor's grandparents are standing third and forth from the left with her grandfather playing a banjo and her grandmother holding a baby that was to become her father.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Carol Furmston, 1988
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: italian communities, italian immigration, miners
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection, Cultural Diversity Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Community Life
Tertiary Classification: portraits
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Wonthaggi, South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, circa 1929

The contributor's father, who was born in 1929, appears in the photograph as a baby being held by the woman fourth from the left.
References: Record updated in response to comment from the contributor Carol Furmston, provided via Collections Online, 16/07/2012.


Carol Furmston Posted on 16 Jul 2012 11:23 PM
The photo submitted by me in 1988 i now think was taken in 1929 my grandfather is playing the banjo and grandmother standing next to him is holding my father born in 1929.

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