In a previous post I wrote about our morning spent at the little museum in William St, Brisbane. We went specifically to see the present exhibition there, which features aspects of Italian migration to Queensland throughout the years. My sister in law Mary, and I, are both children of immigrants, from mainland Italy
and, in my father's case, from Sicily.
I was thrilled that we were allowed to take photos of the exhibits...so I did of course!
|This the traditional hat of the mountain warfare commando units known as the Alpini (northern Italy) which were originally formed in 1872. (Also in the photo are 2 examples of Murano glass)|
There are still units of Alpini soldiers in the present day but many units were disbanded. According to sources that I checked, these soldiers are presently serving in Afghanistan. And this photo below shows what the uniform looks like now...the old felt hats were quite impressive but I guess not very practical in modern warfare.
An old piano accordion of an Italian immigrant...
|A very ornate tureen/covered dish/ serving bowl|
A display featuring Italian immigrants such as Ross Mangano and the famous early Australian architect, Andrea Strombuco. The latter was responsible for many beautiful buildings just in Brisbane alone.
|An OTT soup tureen from 'the old country'|
|Examples of bombiere (handed out at weddings)|
|One of the information boards|
|Photos showing Italian immigrants and their culture...|
|Knitted lace items...|
The part of the exhibition that I was most interested in was the Italian presence in Queensland's sugar industry. My father left Sicily in 1924 to join his brother in cutting cane in the Innisfail district...
|There was a cane knife on display|
|And there was a display board with photos of workers on the cane fields of north Queensland...|
And these are my photos...well they belonged to my father....someday I must find someone or some place where I can donate copies of these old photos. Then one day they might be in an exhibition like the one in the Commissariat Store. :-)
|My dad is kneeling at the front on the right... some of the men are holding stalks of cane...|
|Clowning around here...my dad is in the middle!|
My SIL and I became entirely immersed in the displays and excitedly recalling memories of our childhoods where we 'lived' between 2 worlds...and two cultures.
|Discs for an old style pasta machine|
|This is a large chest/trunk similar to the one that my SIL's mother brought out from Italy|
It was great stepping back in time for an hour or two.