Language and Legacy

Exploring the legacy of Italian language across generations of women of Italian origin

The history of migration is rich in testimonies and documentations on the cultural mediation role that women of Italian origin play in their migration journey and in putting down roots in a new land.

In this series of conversations, six first generation women, together with their daughters and granddaughters, take us on an exploration of their experiences and of the meaning inherent in sharing their deep linguistic and cultural baggage.

Australia Donna pays homage to these women and all women of Italian origin for their outstanding capacity, strength and determination to keep alive this legacy for new generations.

Australia Donna wishes to thank the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion for their contribution of funds to this project.

It gratefully acknowledges the generous and invaluable guidance provided by Angela Scarino in structuring the interviews.

A special thank you to Ian Gibbins for his most valuable and enthusiastic support in every technical aspect of the project, from re-structuring the platform for the website, to video-recording and editing of the interviews, to the final production of the videos and their posting on the website.

Australia Donna wishes to thank the women who generously agreed to take part in this project and those from the organising committee for their contribution to the many phases of the project.


Click on the links below to see the conversations.


Cathy Procopio and Julia Procopio
with Marylisa Fabian 


Reparata Spandrio, Sonia Pascoe
and Isabella Pascoe with Lara Di Fabio


Maria Chiera and Rosa Filosi
with Daniela Costa



Antonietta Bonini and Tina Luce
with Giuliana Otmarich


Carmela Allegretti, Elena Castrechini
and Deanna Pinder with Vincenza Ferraro


Grazia Ceravolo and Domenica Rocca
with Vera Ubaldi