Author: Archimede Fusillo

20.10.17

Bittersweet memories of a life in Australia that wasn’t meant to be

Domenico De Mase has two sons with very English names. Alan, the eldest, was born in Australia just before the earthquake that devastated much of the Basilicata region in 1980. He was barely five months old when the family decided to return to Italy, where second son William was born. “Eravamo andati in Australia perche … Continue reading Bittersweet memories of a life in Australia that wasn’t meant to be

11.08.17

He couldn’t weather the Australian weather

It is raining and cloud cover is low the afternoon I arrive at the home of Rocco Antonio Aieta and his wife Francesca in the picturesque Basilicata village of Montemurro. Overlooking the sprawling valley below, Montemurro is one of many similar centuries-old villages along with Spinoso, Viggiano, Marsicovetere and others that dot the region. I … Continue reading He couldn’t weather the Australian weather

21.07.17

The afflatus rediscovered in the old songs our fathers used to sing

Daniele Ciurleo-Larubina’s essence of his mastery lies in the seemingly effortless ability to transition from musician to composer, from arranger to conductor. Born in Australia the late 1960’s to Italian migrants, Daniele grew up surrounded by the music his father Michael found inspiration in: the classic Neapolitan and Italian popular songs of the 1940’s, 50’s … Continue reading The afflatus rediscovered in the old songs our fathers used to sing

15.04.17

The broken dream of an Italian family who migrated to Australia in the dark

“Una mattina all’alba vedemmo l’Australia per la prima volta. Una striscia di terra piatta, il cielo azzurro ed una cortina di nuvole bassissime. Sembrava che schiacciassero la terra.” (One morning at dawn we saw Australia for the first time. A strip of flat land, a blue sky, and a very low curtain of clouds. They … Continue reading The broken dream of an Italian family who migrated to Australia in the dark

03.01.17

When migrating to Australia led to a life of gloom and solitude

Born in Viggiano, Basilicata, Delia Estelle Giliberti, is an elegant lady with a soft voice and eyes that hold your attention as she speaks. We meet on a rain soaked afternoon in her native town, where she is visiting for the Festa Della Madonna from Liguria where she now lives. The very first thing she … Continue reading When migrating to Australia led to a life of gloom and solitude

13.10.16

Fond memories of a toilsome, yet rewarding experience of an Italian migrant

Fond memories of a toilsome, yet rewarding experience of an Italian migrant Angelo Savino was 31 years old when he decided to follow his sister to Australia. After a ten-year absence and during her brief visit back to Italy she had been one of the very first in the Post-war era to take advantage of … Continue reading Fond memories of a toilsome, yet rewarding experience of an Italian migrant

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