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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  • 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 ...

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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 ...

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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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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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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  • Jumper - St Mark's School, Navy Wool, circa 1990 Object

    Jumper - St Mark's School, Navy Wool, circa 1990

    Jumper from St Mark's School in Carlton, used during the early 1990s. St Mark's was founded in 1936 and in 1986 it celebrated its Golden Jubilee. On this occasion Sister Silvia, who tau ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • Coat - Female, Wool, Green & Brown Plaid,1950s Object

    Coat - Female, Wool, Green & Brown Plaid,1950s

    Wool coat made by Carmela Palermo and worn by her when she migrated to Australia from Italy as a proxy bride in 1957. She continued to wear it in Australia and tended to make her own cl ...

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  • Hat - Blue Velour, Pink Bow, circa 1950s Object

    Hat - Blue Velour, Pink Bow, circa 1950s

    Blue hat with a velour fur hood, treated to look like velvet. It was used by Anna Anchesci, who migrated to Australia from Italy, circa 1950s.

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  • Water Glass - Gold, Italian, 1950s Object

    Water Glass - Gold, Italian, 1950s

    Water glass which was part of Carmela Palermo's glory box, which followed her by ship when she migrated to Australia by plane from Italy as a proxy bride in 1957. Carmela Palermo, nee R ...

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  • Set of Dolls Furniture - Licia Bazzara, Chestnut, 1960s Object

    Set of Dolls Furniture - Licia Bazzara, Chestnut, 1960s

    Set of chestnut doll's furniture made by Licia Bazzara in the 1960s. This furniture is a reproduction of similar toys made by Licia Bazzara as a child in Fiume in the 1920s. Her mother, ...

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  • Dress - Wedding, Italian, White Lace, 1957 Object

    Dress - Wedding, Italian, White Lace, 1957

    Wedding dress 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 Carm ...

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  • Nightgown - Cream Hemp, Italian, 1918-1919 Object

    Nightgown - Cream Hemp, Italian, 1918-1919

    Nightgown made by Maria Bonomo for her dowry in Vicenza, Italy in 1918-1919. The embroidered lettering refers to her initials. Maria Bonomo was born in 1897 in Carre, Vicenza province i ...

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  • Hand Saw - Veneto Region, Wooden, pre 1951 Object

    Hand Saw - Veneto Region, Wooden, pre 1951

    Hand saw, used by Silvio Rosa and brought with him when he migrated to Australia in 1951. This type of saw is common in the Veneto region and has been hand crafted, possibly by Silvio.

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

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

    Cotton female undergarment which 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 bedshe ...

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

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

    Cotton female undergarment which 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 bedshe ...

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

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

    Cotton female undergarment which 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 bedshe ...

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  • Suitcase - Wood, circa 1940 Object

    Suitcase - Wood, circa 1940

    Wooden Suitcase made by an Italian POW interned in the internment Camp No. PWCH V29, near Albury, circa 1942. Over 1000 Italian POWs were interned in this camp. Most of them had been ca ...

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  • Cup & Saucer - Oscar Schaller & Co. Nachfolger, White with Gold Rim, circa 1940s Object

    Cup & Saucer - Oscar Schaller & Co. Nachfolger, White with Gold Rim, circa 1940s

    Cup and saucer set made by Oscar Schaller & Co. Nachfolger, circa 1940s. It was part of Carmela Palermo's glory box, which followed her by ship when she migrated to Australia by plane f ...

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  • Plate - Ceramic, Blue & Gold Object

    Plate - Ceramic, Blue & Gold

    Plate used by Italian migrant Anna Anchesci.

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  • Medallion - S. Antonius De Padua, Blue Plastic, Framed, circa 1930s Object

    Medallion - S. Antonius De Padua, Blue Plastic, Framed, circa 1930s

    Framed medallion belonging to Mrs Anna Anchesci, an Italian Migrant. St. Anthony of Padua is a very popular saint. He was renowned for his preaching and for working many miracles during ...

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  • Sweetheart Brooch - Nick Stella, Blue Heart, circa 1935 Object

    Sweetheart Brooch - Nick Stella, Blue Heart, circa 1935

    Sweetheart brooch made for Olga Cavedon (nee Andreetta) by Nick Stella while he was in the Air Force just before World War Two, circa 1935. Sweetheart brooches were made by members of t ...

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  • Trinket Box - Ricardo Angelo Gazzola, Chicken Feather Ends, circa 1930 Object

    Trinket Box - Ricardo Angelo Gazzola, Chicken Feather Ends, circa 1930

    This trinket box, was made by Ricardo Angelo Gazzola, circa 1930, while he was a soldier in the Italian Army. He sent it to his sweetheart Maria Vendramini while he was completing his n ...

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  • Box of Chalk - 'Tailor Chalk', Terrazzo Object

    Box of Chalk - 'Tailor Chalk', Terrazzo

    Box of coloured chalk used in the terrazzo trade in Australia, by an Italian migrant. Terrazzo is a technique where marble chips and other fine aggregates are exposed in a concrete (or ...

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  • Saw - Terrazzo, Wood Object

    Saw - Terrazzo, Wood

    Saw used for terrazzo work, by an Italian migrant involved in the Australian terrazzo trade. Terrazzo is a technique where marble chips and other fine aggregates are exposed in a concre ...

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  • Tool - Terrazzo, Wood & Metal Object

    Tool - Terrazzo, Wood & Metal

    Tool used for terrazzo work by an Italian immigrant in Australia. Terrazzo is a technique where marble chips and other fine aggregates are exposed in a concrete (originally clay) surfac ...

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  • Tool - Terrazzo, Wood & Chalk Object

    Tool - Terrazzo, Wood & Chalk

    Tool used for the making of terrazzo. Used by an Italian migrant, who was involved in the terrazzo trade in Australia. Terrazzo is a technique where marble chips and other fine aggregat ...

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  • Singlet - Italo-Australian Migrant Association Men's Basketball Team, 1950s Object

    Singlet - Italo-Australian Migrant Association Men's Basketball Team, 1950s

    Singlet worn by Sergio Csar as a member of the Italo-Australian Migrant Association Basketball team during the 1950s. The IAMA Basketball team was formed in Melbourne between 1953 and 1 ...

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    Pail - Polenta, Metal, circa 1930s

    Metal polenta pail brought to Australia by Angela Simeoni [nee Beltrame], wife of Massimo Simeoni, when she migrated to Australia in 1939. Angela was born on 31 August 1908 in the town ...

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  • Piano Accordion - Marino Pigini Object

    Piano Accordion - Marino Pigini

    Piano Accordion, manufactured by Marino Pigini in the Castelfioardo region of Italy. Castelfioardo is known as the international capital of accordion builders. Brought to Australia by a ...

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  • Milk Jug - Beige, Cylindrical, circa 1950s Object

    Milk Jug - Beige, Cylindrical, circa 1950s

    Milk jug used by Olga Cavedon (nee Andreetta) in Carlton. Olga came to Australia from the province of Vicenza in 1926, when she was 18 months old, with her mother and sister. Her father ...

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  • Lamp - Massimo Simeoni, Wrought Iron, 1921 Object

    Lamp - Massimo Simeoni, Wrought Iron, 1921

    Wrought iron lamp made by Massimo Simeoni in Italy in 1921 and used on horse-drawn carts. Massimo brought it with him when he migrated to Australia. In Melbourne he converted the lamp t ...

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  • Wrapper - Perfect Cheese Co., Ricotta Cheese, circa 1950s Object

    Wrapper - Perfect Cheese Co., Ricotta Cheese, circa 1950s

    Paper wrapper for Perfect Ricotta Cheese. Used in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Italian immigrant Natale Italiano established the Perfect Cheese company in 1930 in the kitchen of an old pub in No ...

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  • Wrapper - Perfect Cheese Co., Ricotta Cheese, circa 1950s Object

    Wrapper - Perfect Cheese Co., Ricotta Cheese, circa 1950s

    Paper wrapper for Perfect Ricotta Cheese. Used in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Italian immigrant Natale Italiano established the Perfect Cheese company in 1930 in the kitchen of an old pub in No ...

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  • Wrapper - Perfect Cheese Co., Ricotta Cheese, circa 1950s Object

    Wrapper - Perfect Cheese Co., Ricotta Cheese, circa 1950s

    Paper wrapper for Perfect Ricotta Cheese. Used in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Italian immigrant Natale Italiano established the Perfect Cheese company in 1930 in the kitchen of an old pub in No ...

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  • Frying Pan - Steel, circa 1955 Object

    Frying Pan - Steel, circa 1955

    Frying pan, bought by Italian migrant Celso Cattapan in a store in Heathcote, Victoria to cook the rabbits he trapped in the forest. Celso Cattapan was born in 1926 in San Martino di Lu ...

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  • Mop - Luigia Rosa, Rags, circa 1987 Object

    Mop - Luigia Rosa, Rags, circa 1987

    This mop was made by Luigia Rosa, from rags, for display at the Italian Historical Society. Luigia was born in 1911 in the district of Altopiano di Asiago, Vicenza, Veneto region. She a ...

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  • Mop - Luigia Rosa, Rags, circa 1987 Object

    Mop - Luigia Rosa, Rags, circa 1987

    Mop made by Luigia Rosa, from rags, for display at the Italian Historical Society. Luigia was born in 1911 in the district of Altopiano di Asiago, Vicenza, Veneto region. She and her tw ...

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  • Container - Pasticceria, Panettone, circa 1930s Object

    Container - Pasticceria, Panettone, circa 1930s

    Cardboard panettone container, which has been converted for use as a hat box. Angela Simeoni (nee Beltrame), wife of Massimo Simeoni, brought it with her when she migrated to Australia ...

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  • Sash - C.S. Bartolomeo, Yellow, circa 1950s Object

    Sash - C.S. Bartolomeo, Yellow, circa 1950s

    Yellow sash, embroidered with C. S. Bartolomeo. It belonged to Marcello D'Amico who migrated to Australia in 1955 at the age of 14 from the Island of Salina (Aeolian Islands). The embro ...

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  • Hat - Cream Satin, Cream Netting with Black Spots, circa 1940 Object

    Hat - Cream Satin, Cream Netting with Black Spots, circa 1940

    Cream Satin hat, brought to Australia by Angela Simeoni [nee Beltrame], wife of Massimo Simeoni, when she migrated to Australia in 1939. Angela was born on 31 August 1908 in the town of ...

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  • Hat - Cloche, Brown Velour, circa 1940 Object

    Hat - Cloche, Brown Velour, circa 1940

    Brown Velour hat, brought to Australia by Angela Simeoni (nee Beltrame), wife of Massimo Simeoni, when she migrated to Australia in 1939. Angela was born on 31 August 1908 in the town o ...

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  • Pennant - Sezione Fascista Werribee, Satin, circa 1930s Object

    Pennant - Sezione Fascista Werribee, Satin, circa 1930s

    Hand made pennant for the Sezione Fascista (Fascist Section) Werribee. It was made and used between 1929 - 1945 in Werribee, Victoria. Sezione Fascista were established in overseas Ital ...

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  • Leaflet - Taranto's, circa 1960s Document

    Leaflet - Taranto's, circa 1960s

    Leaflet made by Quadricolor Industries Pty Ltd., for Taranto's circa 1960s. Taranto's was founded by Angelo Taranto and his wife Ernesta in 1960 under the name of Taranto's Continental ...

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  • Matchbox Cover - Five Roads Service Station, circa 1950s Object

    Matchbox Cover - Five Roads Service Station, circa 1950s

    Metal matchbox cover purchased at the Five Roads service station in Carlton, by Mrs Vilma Barcovich, an Italian migrant.

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