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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  • 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 ...

    Images: 1
  • 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 ...

    Images: 1
  • 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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  • 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 ...

    Images: 1
  • 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 ...

    Images: 1
  • 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, ...

    Images: 1
  • 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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