Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT. Collection

Mandolin and Case

Image: Mandolin and Case

Source: Museum Victoria

This is a collection developed in partnership by the Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT. and Museum Victoria. Held by the museum, it contains over 400 objects, representing the stories of thirty Italian migrants and their families and five businesses. It includes clothing, domestic items, travel souvenirs, photographs, commercial products and handcrafts. Some of these are the stories of well known people, places and manufacturers including musician Giovanni Cera, Florentino's Restaurant and Mocopan Coffee. Others are stories of people facing the challenges of building a life in a new country, finding work and establishing businesses, retaining traditions, such as making food products by hand, wartime internment, and the founding of cultural and sporting organisations such as the Juventus Soccer Club.

Partnerships such as this are one of the most effective ways in which Museum Victoria has recognised and collaborated with cultural organisations that represent significant cultural communities. These organisations have significant knowledge, expertise and networks to offer and share. The relationship between Museum Victoria and the Italian Historical Society began after a collaborative exhibition developed in 1993 by Museum Victoria, the Jewish Museum of Australia and the Italian Historical Society uncovered the need for formal agreements which would set up opportunities for collaborative ventures in the future but also articulate collecting and programming responsibilities.

The key component in the Cultural Agreement between Museum Victoria and the Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT has been the establishment and continued development of a joint collection to represent the experiences of one of Victoria's largest cultural communities. The Italian Historical Society has provided community networks, specialist knowledge and recommendations for items for acquisition by the Museum. The Museum owns and manages the collection, and the Italian Historical Society contributes to its development. As part of this agreement the Italian Historical Society has traditionally collected archival material and photographs, while Museum Victoria has collected three-dimensional objects.

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  • Sweetheart Brooch - Rigo Cavedon, To Olga, circa 1935 Object

    Sweetheart Brooch - Rigo Cavedon, To Olga, circa 1935

    Sweetheart brooch made for Olga Cavedon (nee Andreetta) by Rigo Cavedon while he was doing National Service just before World War Two, circa 1935. Sweetheart brooches were made by membe ...

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  • Mineral Sample - Mica, Harts Range, 1940s Object

    Mineral Sample - Mica, Harts Range, 1940s

    Mica sample, mined in the 1940s by Gigetto Vendramini, in the Harts Range, 150kms north of Alice Springs, Central Australia. Gigetto was the son of Innocente Vendramini, he was born on ...

    Images: 2
  • Mineral Sample - Mica, Harts Range, 1940s Object

    Mineral Sample - Mica, Harts Range, 1940s

    Mica sample, mined in the 1940s by Gigetto Vendramini, in the Harts Range, 150kms north of Alice Springs, Central Australia. Gigetto was the son of Innocente Vendramini, he was born on ...

    Images: 2
  • Collar - White Linen, Italian, 1918-1919 Object

    Collar - White Linen, Italian, 1918-1919

    Child's collar made by the donor's mother Maria Bonomo (nee Lanaro) for her dowry in Vicenza, Italy in 1918-1919. The embroidered lettering refers to her initials. Maria Bonomo was born ...

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  • Bloomers - White Cotton, Lingerie, Piguente, Italy, 1920s Object

    Bloomers - White Cotton, Lingerie, Piguente, Italy, 1920s

    Cotton female undergarment was hand-made by Adalgisa Vorano (nee Ambrosi) around 1927 in Piguente, Italy for her Italian glory box ('corredo').It is one of a collection of bedsheets, pi ...

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  • Cushion Cover - Luigia Rosa, Flower, Wool, circa 1990s Object

    Cushion Cover - Luigia Rosa, Flower, Wool, circa 1990s

    Cushion cover, made by Luigia Rosa (nee Longhini) for display at the Italian Historical Society. Luigia was born in 1911 in the district of Altopiano di Asiago, Vicenza, Veneto region. ...

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  • Wedding Headpiece - Italian, White Net, 1957 Object

    Wedding Headpiece - Italian, White Net, 1957

    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 ...

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  • Collar - White Linen, Child's, Italian, 1918-1919 Object

    Collar - White Linen, Child's, Italian, 1918-1919

    Child's collar made by the donor's mother Maria Bonomo (nee Lanaro) for her dowry in Vicenza, Italy in 1918-1919. The embroidered lettering refers to her initials. Maria Bonomo was born ...

    Images: 1
  • Bloomers - White Cotton, Piguente, Italy, 1920s Object

    Bloomers - White Cotton, Piguente, Italy, 1920s

    Cotton female undergarment hand-made by Adalgisa Vorano (nee Ambrosi) around 1927 in Piguente, Italy for her Italian glory box ('corredo'). It is one of a collection of bedsheets, pillo ...

    Images: 1
  • Hat - Female, Wool, Brown,1950s Object

    Hat - Female, Wool, Brown,1950s

    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 ...

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