Between 1876 and 1976, around 25 million people left Italy in search of work, fortune and a better future. 430,000 of these men, women and children came to Australia. Around 40,000 came to Western Australia, mostly after World War Two. Among those who stayed and settled, few have left lasting accounts of their experiences as migrants in a new land.
To keep their stories alive for future generations, many hundreds of Italian migrants and their families were interviewed around Western Australia between 2004 and 2008 as part of the Vite Italiane project. To read, view and hear some of their stories in Italian or English, click on the flags next to each name below or visit the State Library of Western Australia.