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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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