South Australia History Month: Australia Donna – Capturing women’s migration stories

The event was organised by the Australia Donna committee and was held at the Migration Museum, Adelaide South Australia, on the 11th May, 2019.

Following the welcome address by Mandy Paul, Director of the Migration Museum, Daniela Costa, President of Australia Donna, gave a brief overview of the rich tapestry of life stories, biographies, testimonies and original articles collected by the Australia Donna website in the span of 20 years.

At the centre of the event, were presentations by Giuliana Otmarich, Amalia Martini, Vera Ubaldi and Jordana Ubaldi who shared their and their mothers’ legacy, experiences of migration, and of the early days in Australia.

Click on the following links to read the presentations:

Giuliana Otmarich

Amalia Martini

Vera Ubaldi

Jordana Ubaldi



Australia Donna 20th Anniversary celebrations

On the 28th April, 2019, Australia Donna celebrated its 20th anniversary amongst friends and supporters in the splendid scenery of Sinclair Gully Winery.

Australia Donna paid homage to the many women for their generosity in sharing their stories and for enriching our collective history in Australia.

It was a successful celebration with the special performance of the Italian Folk Ensemble with traditional women’s songs of social struggle. The Ensemble has been researching and performing for over 40 years traditional and popular songs of the Italian people, from all Italian regions and through the ages.

Everyone enjoyed the gorgeous birthday cake, the roasted chestnuts, vin brule’ and delicacies kindly offered by local sponsors.

Castagne e Vin Brule’ 2019


Castagne e Vin Brule’
Celebrating 20 Years of Australia Donna!

Australia Donna fundraiser featuring the The Italian Folk Ensemble.

Sunday 28th April 2019
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Sinclairs Gully Winery
288 Colonial Drive
Norton Summit.

Tickets: $30, $25 concession.

Enquiries & bookings: 0412 413 416

Proudly sponsored by Norwood Foodland IGA, Tony & Mark’s, and La Casa del Formaggio.

Click here for details of the winery and a map.

Vogliamo anche le rose – “We Want Roses Too”

Thursday, December 06, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Italian Institute of Culture – Melbourne
233 Domain Rd, South Yarra

Entrance free but RSVP essential.
E:; T: (03) 9866 5931

This film portrays the deep change brought on by the sexual revolution and the feminist movement in Italy during the 1960s and 1970s. It looks again at recent events from a female point of view, through the first-hand accounts provided by the diaries of three women. Anita, Teresa and Valentina come from different Italian regions and different social backgrounds, but share the same feelings: they no longer feel part of a society based on the patriarchal family, on the power of “husbands” and on the supremacy of males, which requires them to be efficient mothers, obedient wives and virtuous daughters.

The film will be preceded by a brief introduction by Dr Mirna Cicioni, Honorary Research Fellow, Monash University and Dr Alex Martinis Roe, Head of Sculpture, ANU School of Art & Design.

Alina Marazzi (born in 1964), lives and works in Milano, Italy. A documentary film director. Has worked as assistant director for feature films and video art projects. Her critically acclaimed “Un’ora sola ti vorrei” won best Italian documentary at the 2002 Torino Film Festival, and received special mentions by the jury at the 2002 Locarno Film Festival and at and at the international It’s All True Festival in São Paulo in 2003.

Mirna Cicioni worked for 27 years as a professor of Italian Studies at the Universities of La Trobe and the University of Melbourne.  Mirna worked for 12 years as a community interpreter in the Melbourne area and has published articles on women’s movements in Italy, an introductory monograph on Primo Levi, and various articles on post-WWII Italian Jewish writers. At the moment Mirna is working on an article on Italian westerns.

The Leopard: Sicily, Italy and the Supranational Cultural Imaginary

Free Public Lecture by Simonetta Agnello-Hornby

Monday, 12 November, 2018
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Forum Theatre
Arts West, Parkville Campus
University of Melbourne

In this lecture, Simonetta Agnello-Hornby gives her perspective on The Leopard, its author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and the role the novel has played in representing Sicily and its culture in Europe and beyond. She addresses three key questions: Have Italians, or some of them, or other Europeans changed their view and approach towards Sicily and Sicilians? Has the success of Visconti’s 1963 film had a greater effect on the image of Sicily abroad and in Sicily itself, than the book? Has the impact of gattopardismo benefitted Sicily economically and socially?

Multi-award winning author, Simonetta Agnello-Hornby was born in Palermo and has spent most of her adult life in London. Her debut novel La Mennulara/The Almond Picker was published in Italy in 2002 by Feltrinelli. Translated into more than ten languages, it shortly became an international bestseller. Following the success of La Mennulara, she has published several novels such as, La zia Marchesa/The Marchesa, 2005; Boccamurata, 2007; Vento Scomposto, 2009; La Monaca/The Nun, 2010; 8Il veleno dell’Oleandro, 2013; *Caffè amaro, 2016 and various memoirs, short stories, and non-fiction works. In 2016 she was awarded the Order of the Star of Italy in the rank of Grand Officer by the President of the Italian Republic. In November 2018, the publisher Feltrinelli will launch the graphic novel version of La Mennulara, created in collaboration with comic book artist and illustrator Massimo Fenati.

Presented in conjunction with and the support of The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University and The School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University.

Click here to book.

For further details, contact markdn[at]uniumelb[dot]edu[dot]au