Annotated bibliography of external resources
A collection of migration studies resources which you may find useful to supplement those provided in the Italian Lives Resource Kit. Items are listed in descending order of year of publication under each topic sub-heading. Items marked [JUV] indicate materials suitable for primary and lower secondary students.
Immigration policy in Australia
Jupp, J 2000, ‘Immigration and the Australian welfare state’, in A McMahon, J Thomson & C Williams (eds), Understanding the Australian Welfare State: Key documents and themes, 2nd edn, Tertiary Press, Victoria.
This brief chapter provides a useful overview of the history of immigration policies in Australia. The edited book of which this chapter forms a part contains a selection of key primary documents such as excerpts from the Immigration Restriction Act 1901and speeches by Arthur Calwell, who was appointed the first Minister for Immigration in 1945.
Sluga, G 1988, Bonegilla: A place of no hope, University of Melbourne, Dept of History, Parkville, Victoria.
From 1947-1971, Bonegilla in Victoria was a migrant reception and training centre run by the Australian Department of Immigration. This book is available electronically through Informit via the University of Western Australia library website.
Plowman, Peter (2006) Australian migrant ships 1946-1977, Rosenberg Publishing, NSW.
Provides information and photographs of ships that brought migrants to Australia between 1946 and 1977.
Plowman, Peter (1992) Emigrant ships to luxury liners: Passenger ships to Australia and New Zealand 1945-1990, New South Wales University Press.
The Welcome Walls at Fremantle Port commemmorate those migrants who have come to Western Australia from all over the world. All of the migrants from our case studies (except Angelina Martini, who arrived via Sydney) have their names written on the walls. The website, linked to the WA museum, also provides a bief history of migration to Western Australia, as well as the opportunity to research the history of those who arrived at Fremantle. There are also Welcome Walls (with a corresponding website) in Albany.
This website is linked to the migration heritage centre in New South Wales. It looks at the history of migrants from all countries who have come to Australia and settled in NSW. There are specific links to Italian migrants and their stories, and the effect they have had on the state.
Museum Victoria has an Immigration section which explores the stories of migrants who have settled in Victoria. The website gives information about their exhibits, and educational programs they offer.
The Italian Historical Society, based in Victoria, was established to collect, promote and preserve the history of Italian immigration to Australia. This section of the website provides a range of educational services for teachers and students including teacher guides, fact sheets, and educational programs and events. Some of these items can be downloaded free of charge. Other parts of the website give information on the history of Italian migration to Australia.
Courtney, Louise and Massola, Linda (2004) Australian immigration stories, Heinemann Library, Port Melbourne, Victoria. [JUV]
A four-part series on Australian immigration. Each book covers a different time period (1900-1940, 1940-1960, 1960-1980, 1980-) and tells the stories of ten migrants to Australia. The 1900-1940 book includes the stories of four Italians: Vittorio De Bortoli – NSW, Silvio Massola – Vic, Ginese Triaca – Vic and Francesco Floreani – Vic. Simple background information on life in Australia during the period and a brief timeline of immigration are also provided.
Templeton, Jacqueline (2003) From the mountains to the bush: Italian migrants write home from Australia, 1860-1962, ed. John Lack, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley.
A collection of letters exchanged between migrants from the Valtellina valley and their families in Italy accompanied by historical information about the migration experience. The letters have been translated into English.
Davies, Will and Dal Bosco, Andrea (2001) Tales from a suitcase, Lothian Books, Port Melbourne, Victoria.
A collection of 1940s and 1950s Australian migration stories (including two Italians) from the SBS television series of the same name. The preface to this book is an evocative ‘imagine if…’ story that takes the reader through a generic migration story with particular emphasis on the feelings associated with migration.
Australia’s immigrants (2000) MacMillan Education Australia, South Yarra, Vic. [JUV]
A five-part series by the Australian National Maritime Museum which provides a detailed overview of migration to Australian in different time periods. It explores who the migrants were, where they came from, why they migrated, what the process of organising migration was, what the voyage was like and the work and influence of migrants in Australia. The series also looks critically at migration policy. The titles in this series are as follows:
- Convicts and early settlers 1788-1850 by Kieran Hosty
- Miners and farmers 1850-1890 by Kieran Hosty
- Free settlers 1891-1939 by Kevin Jones (incl. Italian migrants)
- Post-war Europeans 1940-1975 by Helen Trepa
- Migrants and refugees 1976-1999 by Helen Trepa
The Oral History Association of Western Australia website provides information about what oral history is, and how and why it can be used. It also gives information on seminars, conferences and workshops being held, and lists recent publications relevant to the topic. There are also links to other oral history groups and associations.
Robertson, Beth. M., (2005) Oral History Handbook, Oral History Association of Australia, Adelaide, South Australia. [JUV]
This book defines and highlights the importance of oral history, as well as giving a simple, step-by-step guide to successfully conducting interviews. It is a very useful tool for anyone wanting to use interviews in their research.
Reid, Stuart, (1998) Capturing the past: an oral history, [videorecording], Oral History Association of Western Australia, Perth. [JUV]
This video provides an introduction to the art of using oral history in a high school context.