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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  • 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 ...

    Images: 3
  • 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 ...

    Images: 4
  • Inkwell Desk Set - Duperite, Tortoiseshell Pattern, Australia, circa 1930s Object

    Inkwell Desk Set - Duperite, Tortoiseshell Pattern, Australia, circa 1930s

    Bakelite stand, for inkwell and pen set, used by Olga Cavedon (nee Andreetta) when she was a primary school student at St George's Catholic School in Carlton in the 1930s. Olga came to ...

    Images: 2
  • 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 ...

    Images: 2
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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 ...

    Images: 1
  • 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 ...

    Images: 7
  • 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 ...

    Images: 1
  • 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 ...

    Images: 1
  • 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 ...

    Images: 2
  • 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 ...

    Images: 1
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