Positive Ageing Project

Everyone has their story. So too Italian women who came to Australia in the 1950’s and 1960’s. These women’s stories are very similar, and yet each one is unique.

They all made the long sea journey from Italy to Australia. They all left behind parents, siblings, friends, not knowing when or if they would ever see them again. Some came with family, some with husbands. Many came alone to a husband they had not seen in years or to a fiancé they hardly knew. Once here they all confronted a new country, a new culture and language and the imperative to adapt, survive.

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Drought by Nancy Sortini

The year was 1957. I was a mere 17 years of age.  A position had presented itself as a governess at a remote cattle station north east of Alice Spring.  I applied and got the position to supervise two children ..  In January of that year I arrived in Alice Springs a very excited, very naïve young woman looking for adventure.  I was full of bravado and daring and ready for anything that my new life could throw at me.  They told me that the country was in the throes of a severe drought, but it meant nothing to me as having never been there before I thought that was how it was all the time. More...