Co.As.It. Italian Historical Society and Museo Italiano
The Italian Historical Society was established by Sir James Gobbo in 1981 with the mission to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of Italian Australians. Over the years, the Society has organised several exhibitions in collaboration with the State Library of Victoria and other institutions. Its publications include the Italian Historical Society Journal (1989-). The Museo Italiano, opened in 2010 as part of the Victorian Government’s Cultural Precinct’s Enhancement Project, showcases the collection of the Italian Historical Society and runs an active program of cultural events. The Italian Historical Society and Museo Italiano are located symbolically in the heart of Italian Carlton. They are part of the cultural branch of Co.As.It., the official welfare agency for the Italian community in Victoria.
This collection is housed at the Italian Museum (Museo Italiano), operated by the Italian Historical Society in Carlton. The collection aims to record and portray the story and experiences of the Italian community in Victoria and Australia, with a specific focus on Carlton. It explores interactions between the Italian and non-Italian community and the nature of contemporary Italian Australian identity. The collection comprises an extensive collections of historic records and photographs which relate to Italian migration and settlement in Australia, including an archive of diplomatic correspondence, an index of internees, oral histories, ephemera, letters, documents, official records and newspaper cuttings. The collection also includes many relevant books and publications. Much of this material, which dates from the gold rush to the mass migrations of the 1950s and 1960s, has been donated by Italian migrants and their descendants. The collection is open to the public by appointment.
This collection documents the story and experiences of the Italian community in Victoria, with a focus on Carlton. It explores interactions between the Italian and non-Italian community and the nature of contemporary Italian Australian identity.