Australian Donna is an open-space for women of Italian origin in Australia.

We aim to favour the exchange of information, knowledge and topics related to the world of women.

Our space will grow and be enriched through the contribution of different realities and individual experiences of all participants. More...

Vale Carla Zampatti

An interview with Carla Zampatti – Iconic fashion designer and proud of her Italian roots.

“The Italians” by Co.As.It is a web series that captures the success stories of Italian Australians. The series features Italian Australians who have reached the top of their field and their journey along the way.


From the archiveLucia Rosella

In 1956, one year after her arrival, Lucia Rosella opened a pizza bar in the Central Market. Lucia’s is now the oldest surviving Italian pizza bar and café in Adelaide. Born and raised on a small farm in Pago Veiano, Italy, with her four sisters and brother, Lucia met her husband Pasquale, on his return to Italy after he had been a prisoner of war in Victoria. After their marriage, Pasquale realised his dream to return to Australia. Lucia and their children joined him two and a half years later. Lucia’s café is now managed by her daughters, Nicolina Bugeja and Maria Rosella. More...

Daniela Zannoni – Home Alone during COVID-19

Home Alone – My Life during the First Coronavirus Pandemic


Northern Italy 13th February, 2020 – I am in Fara Vicentino, my birthplace, in the Veneto Region of northern Italy; the next day I fly back home to Melbourne, after spending six memorable weeks with my relatives. I hear the first mention of Coronavirus on the news when I get back home, but I am not unduly concerned because it is on the other side of the world, in Wuhan, China. There are no cases yet in Australia.

My 70th Birthday 22nd January, 2020 – I turned 70 years of age but, as I was travelling, my celebration is postponed until later. More...

Maria Donato OAM

On 8thJune 2020, Maria Donato was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in recognition of her extensive contribution for over 50 years to the Italian community.

Having migrated to Australia at the age of 11, Maria has succeeded to balance work and family commitments with her extensive involvement in volunteering. Of particular note are her assistance to immigrants, volunteering for the Red Cross, contributions to Italian clubs and religious groups. For the past 28 years Maria has been involved with great dedication to Radio Italiana 531. For many years, we visitors and guests of the Radio have been welcomed and greeted by Maria’s ever so gentle and kind smile. More...