A Shared Social Identity: Oral Histories of an Urban Community of Italian Market Gardeners in Adelaide 1920s-1970s

Madeleine Regan

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Abstract

In the late 1920s unprecedented numbers of Italian migrants arrived in Australia. Among the “white aliens” was a group of 17 men and 1 woman from the Veneto region of Italy who established commercial market gardens in Adelaide. This chapter explores concepts of shared social identity within the context of a migrant community in Australia between the wars. It draws on 46 oral history interviews recorded over ten years, primarily with second-generation family members living in Adelaide and two in Italy. The recordings, disseminated on a website with photos and documents, communicate individual and community memories of families and their experience of migration. The chapter also examines the use of digital technology as a transnational resource to transmit a historical record of a migrant community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRemembering Migration: Oral Histories and Heritage in Australia
EditorsKate Darian-Smith, Paula Hamilton
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter7
Pages93-105
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-17751-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-17750-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

Keywords

  • Italian market gardeners
  • Oral history
  • Community memory
  • Second-generation migrants

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