History

In Memoriam

Remembering those who were part of and contributed to the
Società Isole Eolie Melbourne since 1925.

You can filter by the first letter of a Surname below.

  • CASAMENTO GIUSEPPE (1907-1985)

    CASAMENTO GIUSEPPE (1907-1985)

    b. 7 June 1907, Lipari
    d.27 February 1985, Melbourne

    Giuseppe (Joe) had been a member since the mid-1920s as part of the S.M.S.I.E.
  • CASAMENTO Bartolo (1937-2014)

    CASAMENTO Bartolo (1937-2014)

    b. 23 January 1937, Melbourne
    d.24 June 2014, Melbourne

    Bartolo (Bob) joined as a member in the mid 1950's. He was the S.M.S.I.E treasurer from 1980 until 1983. He was the Son of Marino Casamento, president of the Società from 1950 to 1951, 1963 to 1970.
  • D'ANDREA Anita (1941-2020)

    D'ANDREA Anita (1941-2020)

    b. 19 June 1941
    d. 11 August 2020, Melbourne

  • PELUSO Gaetano (Tom) (1906-1983)

    PELUSO Gaetano (Tom) (1906-1983)

    b. 25 September 1906, Lipari
    d. 8 May 1983, Melbourne

  • SCAFFIDI Vincenzo

    SCAFFIDI Vincenzo

    b. 23 October 1902, Sant'Angelo Di Brolo
    d. 19 February 1984

  • PANETTIERI Francesco (1915-1983)

    PANETTIERI Francesco (1915-1983)

    b. 23 February 1915, Stromboli
    d. 28 August 1983, Melbourne

  • TESORIERO Pietro (1908-1990

    TESORIERO Pietro (1908-1990

    b. 29 June 1908, Ginostra
    d. 12 November 1990, Melbourne

  • ROSITANO Maria (1924-2015)

    ROSITANO Maria (1924-2015)

    b. 9 December 1924
    d. 5 April 2015, Melbourne

  • LOSCHIAVO Sam (1930-2019)

    LOSCHIAVO Sam (1930-2019)

    b. 14 October 1930
    d. 23 January 2019, Melbourne

  • MOLLICA Caterina (Rene) (1928-2017)

    MOLLICA Caterina (Rene) (1928-2017)

    b. 5 May 1928
    d. 13 May 2017, Melbourne

  • ZIINO Bartolo

    ZIINO Bartolo

    b. 18 May 1943
    d. 28 June 2018, Melbourne

  • NATOLI Bartolo (1928-2018)

    NATOLI Bartolo (1928-2018)

    b. 22 July 1928
    d. 29 September 2018, Melbourne

  • ISCHIA Giuseppe (1915-2005)

    ISCHIA Giuseppe (1915-2005)

    b. 27 September 1915
    d. 4 February 2005, Melbourne

  • NATOLI Gino (1926-2003)

    NATOLI Gino (1926-2003)

    b. 4 April 1926, Canneto, Lipari
    d. 24 July 2003, Melbourne

  • NATOLI Bob (1926-2006)

    NATOLI Bob (1926-2006)

    b. 9 May 1926
    d. 20 September 2006, Melbourne

  • TARANTO Angelo (1913-1987)

    TARANTO Angelo (1913-1987)

    b. 26 January 1913, Alicudi,
    d. 18 June 1987, Melbourne

    Aged 74
  • PAINO Giuseppe (1905-1997)

    PAINO Giuseppe (1905-1997)

    b. abt 1905,
    d. 5 July 1997, Melbourne

    Aged 92
  • MOLINIA Tony (Anthony) (1940-2014)

    MOLINIA Tony (Anthony) (1940-2014)

    b.19 August 1940
    d. 17 November 2014

  • FERLAZZO Giovanni (1930-1998)

    FERLAZZO Giovanni (1930-1998)

    b. 5 January 1930, Lipari
    d. 19 February 1998, Melbourne

  • ZAIA Tony (1930-2021)

    ZAIA Tony (1930-2021)

    b. 21 July 1930
    d. 16 October 2021, Melbourne

    Tony was a loyal member of the Societa’ Isole Eolie and the Confraternita’ San Bartolomeo for over 20 years and generously supported the SIE financially during our 1980s Renovation Program. He and his late-wife Barbara always attended our social functions and festas at St. Anthony’s (both as attendees and to also help set up events at the Hall).

    As a fruiterer, Tony displayed the typical Aeolian knowledge of the trade in his role as Fruit Department Manager at Coles Supermarkets in the 1980s and 1990s, after working during the 1970s with former-President Joe LoSchiavo at his Bay Street, Brighton fruit shop.

    Tony’s is the uncle of Maria-Lucrezia Giorgianni (the wife of Lipari Mayor, Marco), and attended the function in early 2020, when we welcomed them to Eolian Hall.

    As a club member, assistant on the Committee and a good friend to many, he will be sadly missed very much.
  • D'AMICO Nick (Nicola) 1935-2019

    D'AMICO Nick (Nicola) 1935-2019

    b. 5 April 1935, Malfa
    d. 8 June 2019, Melbourne

    Nicola or commonly know as "Nick" joined the SIE on 13th July 1976 and to gain membership he was sponsored by the late Bartolo Ziino. He was introduced by his brother Marcello who has been a member since 1966. His other brother was Fr. Vincenzo D’Amico, who was SIE chaplain from 1960 to 2002 - for 42 years.

    Nick actively supported the club throughout the years and spent time behind our bar as a barista. We will always remember him as a warm, lovely person with a great smile and sense of humour. He was Maria D'Amico's husband, who has been a long-time committee member of the Società Isole Eolie (SIE).

    He was a registered member of the Australian Chiropractic Association and founding member of the Acupuncture Society of Victoria. Nick was also an accomplished Mandolin player.
  • D'AMICO Vincenzo (Padre)

    D'AMICO Vincenzo (Padre)

    b. , Ginostra.
    d. , Melbourne

    Padre Don Vincenzo D’Amico was the Chaplin of the Società from 1960 to 2002 (42 years)

    On the 31st of May in 1967, tit was his initiative that the Confraternita San Bartolomeo was constituted.
  • MARTELLO Giovanni (1931-2021

    MARTELLO Giovanni (1931-2021

    b. 26 June 1931, Vulcano
    d. 28 July 2021, Melbourne

    Giovanni legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren who have been and are great supporters of the club.
  • BENJAMIN Jose (TESORIERO) 1936- 2021

    BENJAMIN Jose (TESORIERO) 1936- 2021

    b. 30 October 1936, Place of Birth
    d. 16 March 2021, Melbourne

    Josie (Giuseppina) is the daughter of Stefano Tesoriero who was elected SIE’s first President in the year of its foundation in 1925. His brother (her uncle Giuseppe Tesoriero) was the main instigator to the founding of the SMSIE in 1925. They emigrated to Melbourne after being part of the tightly organised Aeolian community of New York - with Bartolo Dimattina they rallied the support to found a formal body here in Melbourne.

    Josie spent numerous years on the Committee acting as the Treasurer’s assistant, but her main role was Membership Officer.

    Josie featured in the documentary film ‘Amuninni’, which celebrated the club’s 90th Anniversary in 2015. She spoke of the history of the role of women in the Società.
  • LUCA Giuseppe (Joe) 1932-2021

    LUCA Giuseppe (Joe) 1932-2021

    b. 28 October 1932, Place of Birth
    d. 11 January 2021, Place of Death
  • BOCCABELLA ANGELA (BROCCIO) 1922-2020

    BOCCABELLA ANGELA (BROCCIO) 1922-2020

    b. 30 October 1922, Lipari
    d. 1 September 2020, Melbourne

    The Società Isole Eolie (SIE) is saddened by the loss of its oldest member and oldest serving Committee Member.

    Angela came to Australia by ship at the age of 10. She was accompanied by her mother and younger sister. Upon arrival, they joined father Santo who had previously come to Australia to prepare the way for the rest of the family. Her two brothers were subsequently born here.

    Like most Aeolians, while attending school, she helped out in their family fruit shop in Elwood. During World War 2, her father was detained, and having been born overseas to “Aliens”, Angela and her sister had to report to the Police Station every week.

    As the eldest child and barely 20 years old, she took a leading role in keeping things going until the War ended in 1945 and the family was reunited.

    Typical of many other Italians, Bernardino her husband, and Angela accommodated fellow immigrants during the critical housing shortage of the late 1940s and 1950s, helping them until they settled down and found their own premises.
  • BARCA Giuseppe (Joe) 1928-2011

    BARCA Giuseppe (Joe) 1928-2011

    b. 14 April 1928, Varisana-Pianoconte, Lipari
    d. 11 June 2011, Melbourne

    Joe came to Australia in the early 1950s and worked all his life in Fruit shops.

    Joe is remembered by the Committee as a very jovial, friendly and family-oriented person. He and his family attended many of the Società’s functions including the Annual Picnic at Keast Park. Joe valued the Società and its achievements and always acknowledged his Aeolian heritage.

    Joe Barca was a very active member in the 1980s and 1990s. Together with his brother-in-law, Bob Natoli (former President) and his son Tony Natoli in the late 90s, Joe attended many meetings.
  • SANTAMARIA GIUSEPPE

    SANTAMARIA GIUSEPPE

    b. Date of Birth, Place of Birth
    d. Date of Death, Place of Death
  • FONTI Giuseppe

    FONTI Giuseppe

    b. Date of Birth, Place of Birth
    d. Date of Death, Place of Death
  • CASAMENTO Marino

    CASAMENTO Marino

    b. abt1907, Place of Birth
    d. 21 October 1976, Melbourne

    Marino was president of the Società from 1950 to 1951, 1963 to 1970
  • SCAFFIDI Leo 1926-2017

    SCAFFIDI Leo 1926-2017

    b. 4 April 1926, Sant'Angelo Di Brolo, Sicilia, Italy
    d. 10 July 2017, Melbourne

    Leo was Treasurer of the Società from 1983-2005
  • TESORIERO Giuseppe

    TESORIERO Giuseppe

    b. Date of Birth, Place of Birth
    d. Date of Death, Place of Death

    Giuseppe was one of the founders of the Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie. He was president of the Societa from 1926-1927.
  • LUCA Marianina (Nina) (TESORIERO) 1939-2019

    LUCA Marianina (Nina) (TESORIERO) 1939-2019

    b. 28 August 1939, Melbourne
    d. 20 November 2019, Melbourne

    Description
  • CANESTRA Bartolo

    CANESTRA Bartolo

    b. Date of Birth, Place of Birth
    d. Date of Death, Place of Death

    Description
  • DI MATTINA Bartolo 1900-1965

    DI MATTINA Bartolo 1900-1965

    b. 15 October 1900, Place of Birth
    d. 2 May 1965, Melbourne

    One of the founding members of the Società Isole Eolie Mutuo Soccorso.
  • BONGIORNO Antonino

    BONGIORNO Antonino

    b. Date of Birth, Place of Birth
    d. Date of Death, Place of Death

    Description

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Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
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Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie - First Picnic at Sunbury
Annual Keast Park Picnic
Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
Discovering My Aeolian History: Video Series
Festa di San Bartolomeo
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From Volcanoes, We Sailed
From Volcanoes We Sailed
Historical Photo Archive
Historical Photo Archive
History of Eolian Hall
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Honour Board
Honour Board
1970 Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie Committee Meeting
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Miss and Mr Isole Eolie 2019
Miss and Mr Isole Eolie
Notable Aeolian-Australians
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SIE Museum
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Discovering My Aeolian History: Video Series

A 4 part episode series with 2 topics per episode for those who want to learn more about their Aeolian and Italian ancestry.
Includes a cooking segment with Giulia Biviano between topics to learn how to cook some typical Aeolian dishes.
These videos were recorded as part of our 2020 6th Aeolian Genealogy Webinar Series.
From beginners to advanced family historians, this informative video series will help you to begin and continue searching for your ancestors.

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Topics you will learn about:

Topic No.1. Nicknames “Soprannomi”
How our relative’s nicknames can assist in your family history research.
Presenter: Janetta Ziino

Topic No.2. Aeolian Surnames
Examining the origin, meaning and evolution of Aeolian surnames and how this can help with your family research.
Presenter: Joe Russo

Topic No. 3. Finding distant cousins through DNA
Learn how taking an Ancestry DNA test can help you find long lost cousins and break down those brick walls in your family tree.
Presenter: Michael Angelini

Topic No.4. Five Centuries of Notable Travellers and Adventurers to the Aeolian Islands.
A discussion about bygone visitors and explorers, featuring an introduction to emerging research on 16th & 17th Century settlement by Jewish refugees after their departure from Spain & Portugal.
Presenter: John Barnao

Topic No.5. Infant abandonment and the foundling wheel “La ruota” in Sicily
Analysing the rescue system and name-assignment practices of abandoned infants
Presenter: Dr. Lucia Barbera

Topic No.6. Tips on how cemeteries can help us with our family tree
Exploring how gravestones can give clues to further help us in our family history research & understanding Italian cemeteries.
Presenter: Michael Angelini

Topic No.7. Topic: How to get started on Aeolian Genealogy
From interviews with elderly relatives to sources like the Victorian Public Records Office, Australian National Archives, Sands and McDougall Directories, Cemeteries, Presbyteries, Ancestry.com and Ellis Island websites to kick start your family tree.
Presenter: Robert Mandile

Topic No.8. A Tour of the Museum of Aeolian Emigration in Malfa, Salina
Join a virtual tour through the museum collection and discover the factors and events that shaped the Aeolian diaspora in the New World.
Presenter: Cristina Neri

And…. between each topic learn how to cook some typical Aeolian dishes with Giulia Biviano with a short Aeolian Cooking segment.

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THE PRESENTERS

Michael Angelini

Learn more about Michael

Michael Angelini is the grandson of Aeolian born grandparents on his mother’s side, who came from Lipari and Salina. Since 2005 at the age of 15 he has been researching his ancestry and since 2007 has been helping others find their own ancestors.

Michael has created many online indexes from the birth, marriage and death records on the islands relating to the years 1820-1910. He is an active committee member and Assistant Director of Events at the SIE. He aims that his research and data collection will help other descendants from the Aeolian Islands go back further in their ancestry.

Lucia Babera

Dr. Lucia Barbera

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Dr Lucia Barbera, currently living in Melbourne and working as a Secondary LOTE teacher, holds a PhD in the History of Social Institutions and Development Cooperation from the University of Messina, a Master of Teaching from Deakin University, Melbourne and an Advanced Master’s Degree in Institutions and Policies of Human Rights and Peace from the University of Padua. She has worked in public and private organizations for the promotion and protection of women’s and children’s rights, in Veneto and in Sicily, and collaborated for different publications at various academic levels.

In 2015, Dr Barbera received a Letter of Commendation from the Commissioner of Messina Province, as a formal and official recognition of her vast and dedicated contribution to the research and photographic/documentary exhibition on the history of foundlings and abandoned children in Messina (Sicily).

John Barnao

John Barnao

Learn more about John

John Barnao was born in Carlton to parents who migrated from Stromboli. His father Vincenzo first came to Australia in 1927 as a 13-year-old and worked as a typical fruiterer all his life. He studied Economics and Commerce at the University of Melbourne and Arts at Monash. He then went on to pursue a career in Banking, Accountancy and Tax.

John is a member of various local historical societies and in recent years has been collecting photos and stories of Aeolian migrant experiences. A few years ago, he wrote a paper for the Italian Historical Society detailing the root causes of Aeolian migration and the significance of the Società’ Isole Eolie in directing the decision of many to come to Australia. He is presently our SIE Treasurer.

Robert Mandile

Robert Mandile

Learn more about Robert

Robert Mandile was born in Melbourne. He has completed a Teaching Diploma, an Arts Degree at LaTrobe University, ‘majoring in History, a Theology Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Religious

Education. Robert has taught at seven schools, teaching Years 6 to Year 12, also holding various positions of responsibility spanning 43 years. He is semi-retired, but undertaking emergency teaching and also a Tertiary Supervisor with Australian Catholic University. Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, he spent much time with his family, meeting with relatives and attending various Aeolian events organised by the SIE. He has always had a love of history and after eight years of research published a book in 2010 of family trees and personal stories entitled ‘From the Aeolian Islands to Melbourne and Sydney’. A total of 205 copies were first published, and 40 copies of a second edition were printed several years later.

Cristina Neri

Cristina Neri

Learn more about Cristina

Cristina Neri was born in the country Victorian town of Horsham. Both her mother and father migrated to Australia from the Aeolian island of Salina soon after the Second World War.
Cristina’s father owned a succession of cafés and established the district’s first reception centre and bistro, the La Fontana. Cristina grew up in these kitchens as well as at the feet of her Nonna, thus igniting an appreciation for her Aeolian heritage and its food.

Cristina is a graphic designer, illustrator, photographer and author. Her favourite subject is her family and Aeolian heritage. She has recently written and illustrated her first children’s picture book titled For Love which is set on the island of Salina.

In 2013, she initiated the Eoliano Heritage Study Program to reunite descendants like herself with their cultural past and on 2016, curated the exhibition titled From Volcanoes We Sailed which featured at the Immigration Museum of Victoria. Cristina also wrote and produced the documentary Ammunini to celebrate the 90th year anniversary of the Società Isole Eolie.

It is Cristina’s hope that she can honour the Aeolian people, their journeys, cultural traditions and foods by her contributions as a committee member of the Società Isole Eolie.

Joe Russo

Joe Russo

Learn more about Joe

Joe Russo was born in Geelong to parents of Aeolian ancestry from Lipari and Salina. Joe has been researching his own ancestry and the genealogy of the Aeolian Islands, in particular, for over two decades. What started off as a hobby grew into a greater appreciation of the islands’ history, culture and especially its rich and often complex genealogical past.

After having created his first website on the subject back in the 1990s when the internet was still relatively unknown, now includes social media and an evolving new website and blog. Joe travels to the Aeolian Islands frequently.

Janetta Ziino

Learn more about Janetta

After many years of teaching – originally as a Primary School Teacher, then an Italian Language Teacher, Janetta returned to university as a mature student upon receiving a scholarship to study an Advanced Diploma in Interpreting at RMIT in 2015.

Janetta is now a practising Certified Interpreter for the Italian community as well as working for the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

A member of the Regional Advisory Council for the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Janetta is immersed in the Italian community of Melbourne and is the Director of Events for the Società Isole Eolie of Melbourne.

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    EXPLORE

    Bob Dimattina & Antonio Bongiorno Acland St St Kilda c.1920s
    Aeolian Fruiterers
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Cudduri Di Pasqua
    Aeolian Recipes
    Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie - First Picnic at Sunbury
    Annual Keast Park Picnic
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Discovering My Aeolian History: Video Series
    Festa di San Bartolomeo
    Festa di San Bartolomeo
    From Volcanoes, We Sailed
    From Volcanoes We Sailed
    Historical Photo Archive
    Historical Photo Archive
    History of Eolian Hall
    History of Eolian Hall
    Honour Board
    Honour Board
    1970 Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie Committee Meeting
    In Memoriam
    Miss and Mr Isole Eolie 2019
    Miss and Mr Isole Eolie
    Notable Aeolian-Australians
    Notable Aeolian-Australians
    SIE Museum
    SIE Museum

    Annual Keast Park Picnic

    A History of Our Annual Picnic
    1929 – Today

    Since its beginning, our community gathers on the first Sunday of February for the annual Società Isole Eolie Family Picnic. A celebration of our cultural heritage, the picnic brings the Aeolian people together and signals the start of a new year of club activities.

    The first official event was held in 1929 at Aspendale Racecourse and later moved to Seaford; eventually returning to Aspendale where it remained until the outbreak of World War II.

    After the close of the war, the SMSIE officially reconvened in 1948. Meetings were held at the Cavour Club in Cecil Street, South Melbourne. The Tradition of the annual family picnic was restored at Keast Park in Seaford.

    At the beginning of the 1950s, the annual family picnic was restored to its pre-war levels of vigour and enthusiasm. Aeolian families once again swarmed to the annual picnic to enjoy a day filled with wholesome fun by sharing homemade Aeolian Foods and participating in the many games and events, such as running races, egg and spoon race, a watermelon-eating competition, a tug-of-war, three-legged race (called Siamese race at one time), jumping sack race, a spaghetti-eating contest and even a little bit of old-fashioned boxing.

    Although Keast Park has undergone many face-lifts since the 1950’s the picnic contests continue to be a focus for each new generation. While most of the traditional events continue to feature each year, the tug-of-war, boxing and the spaghetti-eating contests were abandoned at some point. For instance, the tug-of-war was discontinued after a feud developed disputing its winner.

    To celebrate the Anniversary of the 70th picnic held at Keast Park in 2019, the tug-of-war and the spaghetti-eating contests were reinstated for the first time in decades.

    During the 60s, the popularity of the SMSIE family picnic continued to grow. A whopping 1500 people were recorded to have attended the annual picnic at Keast Park on Sunday, February 9 in 1962.

    During a meeting held at the Cavour Club in 1967, the SMSIE committee agrees to the introduction of a Miss Isole Eolie guest to the annual picnic’s proceedings.

    The first Miss Isole Eolie was elected in the summer of 1968, but unfortunately, as with many of the following years’ winners, the actual name of ‘La Bella Signorina’, as noted in the committee minutes, was never recorded.

    See a full list of Miss and Mr Isole Eolie winners since 1968 HERE

    The first recorded winner, Lisa Caponio was elected in 1970 on Sunday the 22nd of February at Keast Park.

    In 1971, the quest finished controversially when a non-Italian was declared the winner. The results fuelled a heated discussion at the following general election.

    The title of Miss Isole Eolie became a highly-regarded position. The 1976 winner, Rosina Fonti, instigated the visiting of patients at the Royal Children’s Hospital and the 1980 winner Teresa Luca went on to win the Italian Community Miss Charity Princess of that same year.

    Unfortunately, in some years bad weather prevented the quest from taking place and a winner was never elected.

    The Mr Isole Eolie Contest was introduced in 1996.

    In 2011, the construction of the community pavilion at Keast Park required the annual picnic to be transferred to an alternative venue, Elwood Beach. Consequently, a Miss and Mr Isole Eolie were not elected.

    Again, in 2016, Keast Park underwent further redevelopment which included improvements to the playground and general park facilities. Though the annual picnic is able to continue, the diminished availability of clear space now provides challenges to the staging of some of the picnic traditional events.

    1955 Annual Picnic

    2019 70th Anniversary of the Annual Picnic

    2020 Keast Park Annual Picnic

    EXPLORE

    Bob Dimattina & Antonio Bongiorno Acland St St Kilda c.1920s
    Aeolian Fruiterers
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Cudduri Di Pasqua
    Aeolian Recipes
    Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie - First Picnic at Sunbury
    Annual Keast Park Picnic
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Discovering My Aeolian History: Video Series
    Festa di San Bartolomeo
    Festa di San Bartolomeo
    From Volcanoes, We Sailed
    From Volcanoes We Sailed
    Historical Photo Archive
    Historical Photo Archive
    History of Eolian Hall
    History of Eolian Hall
    Honour Board
    Honour Board
    1970 Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie Committee Meeting
    In Memoriam
    Miss and Mr Isole Eolie 2019
    Miss and Mr Isole Eolie
    Notable Aeolian-Australians
    Notable Aeolian-Australians
    SIE Museum
    SIE Museum

    Notable Aeolian-Australians

    “The interesting thing is that these people came from seven small islands to become the leaders in politics, in the church, in commerce, in the community.
    They produced probably from these smallest islands more men and women of distinction than anywhere else.”

    Al Grassby (Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs) 1975

    Notable Aeolian-Australians
    John BARBUTOFounder of JB Hi-Fi
    Hon. Bernard BONGIORNOJustice of the Supreme Court of Victoria
    Paul BONGIORNO AMPolitical Journalist
    John CASAMENTOAward-winning Photo Journalist
    Lina CINCOTTACharity Worker
    Frank COSTAEntrepreneur & Philanthropist
    Marcello D’AMICOArtist, Author & Community Achiever
    Natalie IMBRUGLIA Singer/Songwriter/Model/Actress
    Hon. James MERLINODeputy Premier and Minister for Education
    Tony MATISIFormer Mayor of City of Northcote
    Pia MIRANDAActress
    Nino RANDAZZOItalian Senator & Editor of Il Globo Newspaper
    Guy RUSSOCEO of Kmart Australia
    John RUSSOAFL Umpire
    Bob SANTAMARIAPolitical Activist and Journalist
    Lena SANTOSPIRITODeemed “Madre degli Italiani” for her work among Italians
    Fred SCHEPISIFilm Director, Producer & Screenwriter
    Vince SERCIAAFL Umpire
    Dante & Kathy TESORIEROAvanti Charity Committee
    Angelo TARANTOFounder of Taranto’s Ice Cream
    Frank VERGONAVFA (VFL) Umpire
    John VILLANTEFounder of Villante Industries
    Michael VOZZOAFL Umpire
    Aeolian-Australian Footballers
    Andrew CARRAZZOCarlton2004 - 2015
    Albert “Alby” DELUCACarlton1934 - 1935
    Matthew BALLHawthorn2004 - 2006
    Luke BALLSt Kilda & Collingwood2003 - 2014
    Adrian DELUCACarlton2002 - 2006
    Fabian DELUCA Footscray 2006 - 2008
    Andrew DIMATTINA Collingwood1999 - 2002
    Frank DIMATTINA Richmond & North Melbourne1964 - 1970
    Paul DIMATTINAWestern Bulldogs1995 - 2003
    Tim FINOCCHIAROGeelong1998 - 1999
    John KENNEDYHawthorn1979 - 1991
    Josh KENNEDYHawthorn, Sydney2008 - present
    Tony ONGARELLOFitzroy1952 - 1960
    Frank RUGOLOMelbourne1983 - 1994
    Joe RUGOLOMelbourne1985 - 1994
    Felice RUSSOSt. Kilda1950 - 1951
    Peter RUSSO Hawthorn & St. Kilda1978 - 1990
    Tim TARANTOGreat Western Sydney2017 - present
    Vin TARANTOCoburg1983 - 1999
    Lauren TESORIEROCollingwood & Richmond2016 - present
    Aeolian-Australian Sports People
    Alex NATOLIAdelaide United & Melbourne Victory2012 - 2017
    Monette RUSSOOlympic Artistic Gymnast2003 – 2007
    Adriana TARANTOMelbourne Victory2015 - present
    Melissa TARANTOMelbourne Victory2015 – present

    EXPLORE

    Bob Dimattina & Antonio Bongiorno Acland St St Kilda c.1920s
    Aeolian Fruiterers
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Cudduri Di Pasqua
    Aeolian Recipes
    Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie - First Picnic at Sunbury
    Annual Keast Park Picnic
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Discovering My Aeolian History: Video Series
    Festa di San Bartolomeo
    Festa di San Bartolomeo
    From Volcanoes, We Sailed
    From Volcanoes We Sailed
    Historical Photo Archive
    Historical Photo Archive
    History of Eolian Hall
    History of Eolian Hall
    Honour Board
    Honour Board
    1970 Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie Committee Meeting
    In Memoriam
    Miss and Mr Isole Eolie 2019
    Miss and Mr Isole Eolie
    Notable Aeolian-Australians
    Notable Aeolian-Australians
    SIE Museum
    SIE Museum

    Miss & Mr Isole Eolie

    Every year the Società Isole Eolie elects a Miss and Mr Isole Eolie at the annual Isole Eolie Picnic in February. It is one of many traditions proudly upheld by the Società.

    Learn more about the history of our Annual Picnic HERE 

    The pageant began in the 1960s and the title was fiercely sought over by all eligible young women. To be named Miss Isole Eolie was a great honour for the winner and their family. The dynamic of the competition has changed over time, however, with the introduction of the title of Mr Isole Eolie in 1996.

    Today, the competition is good-natured and provides a means of encouraging second and third-generation Aeolians to follow the footsteps of their ancestors by continuing this tradition.

    Youth from 16 years of age are encouraged to nominate themselves to be a representative of the Società Isole Eolie.
    A panel of judges evaluates the way contestants present themselves to the Aeolian community and respond to prompts delivered by the host of the competition. Those who place in first, second and third positions are later honoured at the annual Mr and Miss Isole Eolie Dance.

    Back in the days when the Miss Italian Community pageant was still being held, two young Aeolian women qualified in the top positions: Angela La Bozzetta (Miss Italian Community 1980) and Teresa Luca (Charity Princess 1980).

    More recently, Miss Isole Eolie 2012, Sandra Mandile, went on to become a finalist at Miss Tourism Australia 2013.

    Miss & Mr Isole Eolie Pageant Timeline
    • 1968 – The SMSIE holds the first Miss Isole Eolie quest at the annual family picnic.
    • 1970 – The first recorded winner, Lisa Caponio was elected as Miss Isole Eolie.
    • 1971 – The first Miss Isole Eolie of non-Aeolian or Italian descent was elected.
    • 1996 – The first Mr Isole Eolie contest is introduced and is won by Frank Natoli.

    Have you been a previous Miss or Mr Isole Eolie Winner or Runner up?

    Please email us if you were a Miss or Mr Isole Eolie 1st, 2nd or 3rd place winner and if your name does not appear in the table. We would love to add your name to the list and become part of history.

    Full List of Miss and Mr Isole Eolie Winners since 1968

     MISS ISOLE EOLIE  MR ISOLE EOLIE  
    1ST2ND3RD1ST2ND 3RD
    2022
    2021Emma SerciaGiuliana BivianoTeresa ZuccarelloJames ItaliaDaniel Cotesta3rd Place not awarded
    2020Madeline VinaccioMelissa MannoChiara BaileyDavide NatoliRino ColuccioAndrew Piccolo
    2019Nadia NatoliJessica CasamentoCatherine NatoliNicholas KakolyrisNicholas AgettoDavide Natoli
    2018Adriana Di PettaNatalie Di PasqualeRoanna SanelliMichael AngeliniLachlan Blanchard (Luca)Adam Lauria
    2017Melissa FerlainoAlessi D'AndreaAngeline PaganellaAdam SalerniKall VocaleMuhammad Alloushe
    2016Fabiana FarahLisa CiacchiJessica PapaleoGianni D'AndreaDavid LarneJames Siakavelis
    2015Isabella Russo Jessica Cincotta Katherine Lisa CerriAnthony MartenstynAndrew FontiMatt Italia
    2014Gabriella MartelloMoriah RussoOliva AmatoEolo Finocchiaro Anthony MartenstynCarlo Martello
    2013Giulia MartelloJessica CincottaGabriella MartelloSteven FinocchiaroNicholas MaioranaRobert Ferlaino
    2012Sandra MandileChristina KarouzakisRebecca MarianiMatthew MandileRoberto PaolinoDaniel Russo
    2011None elected due to picnic being held at Elwood Beach.None elected due to picnic being held at Elwood Beach.
    2010Gabriella RussoGabriella MartelloRachel MufaleDavid FontiDaniel AmericaNathan Mufale
    2009Giulia LentiniAlexandra BrunacciChristina SerciaJames DaidoneDaniel RussoDavid Fonti
    2008Angelique MandaranoNicole PainoElise ParisiJoseph SchmidRoberto TurcoLes Clarke
    2007
    2006
    2005
    2004
    2003Diana TarantoAngelique MandaranoSimone MicheliSam CannistraFausto CortesePaul Taranto
    2002Bianca TuccarelliSarah Domine (TBC)Josephine Mandarano (TBC)Anthony BerziLuke Surace (TBC)Matt Bordignon (TBC)
    2001Anna Maria MandaranoAnthony Mandarano
    2000
    1999
    1998
    1997Mellinda SessaAdrian Patella
    1996Danielle SerciaSandra BarbutoAnna-Lisa LenziFrank NatoliCarmine DelnigroBill Collins
    1995Giovanna Mandarano--Mr Isole Eolie begins in 1996--
    1994------
    1993Linda Mandarino------
    1992Alessandra OrsiniJulie Biviano------
    1991Luisa de Florio------
    1990Diana SerciaEnza Scaffidi------
    1989Maria CasseraLuise PhillipsVikky Rowe------
    1988Andrea BourkeDaniela CusmanoMaria Raimondi------
    1987Angela Cincotta------
    1986------
    1985------
    1984Lisa CilonioGloria SampieriMaria Salanatri------
    1983Josie MuletaAnna Maria Manfre------
    1982Anna Marguglio (Miss Picnic)------
    1981Rosa Carbone------
    1980Teresa Luca (Miss Italian Community) Francesca Luca (Miss Primavera)------
    1979Emma Paoli (Miss Picnic)Rosanna Mollica------
    1978Nancy AntonuccioPietrina Mandarano (Miss Primavera)Rina Luca------
    1977Jeanette TarantoTina Scafidi (Miss Primavera)Rina Luca (Miss Inverno)------
    1976Rosina FontiTeresa Luca (Miss Primavera)------
    1975Lisa Mandarano------
    1974Rosy Lo Ricco------
    1973Rina Scaramozzino------
    1972Maria Leuzzi------
    1971First non-Aeolian - name unknown------
    1970Lisa CaponioRita CecchitanoJeanne Ischia------
    1969------
    1968"La Bella Signorina"------
    1ST2ND3RD

    EXPLORE

    Bob Dimattina & Antonio Bongiorno Acland St St Kilda c.1920s
    Aeolian Fruiterers
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Cudduri Di Pasqua
    Aeolian Recipes
    Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie - First Picnic at Sunbury
    Annual Keast Park Picnic
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Discovering My Aeolian History: Video Series
    Festa di San Bartolomeo
    Festa di San Bartolomeo
    From Volcanoes, We Sailed
    From Volcanoes We Sailed
    Historical Photo Archive
    Historical Photo Archive
    History of Eolian Hall
    History of Eolian Hall
    Honour Board
    Honour Board
    1970 Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie Committee Meeting
    In Memoriam
    Miss and Mr Isole Eolie 2019
    Miss and Mr Isole Eolie
    Notable Aeolian-Australians
    Notable Aeolian-Australians
    SIE Museum
    SIE Museum

    Webinar Session Date:

    • Sunday 24th Oct 2021 10 am-3 pm (AEDT)
    Cost:   $45.00 (AUD)

    The Webinar will be in English.

    Missed our Webinar and didn’t register in time?

    We can still give you access to the video recordings.
    Please pay $45 AUD using the PayPal or Debit/Credit Card button below and we will send you an exclusive link and password to access the videos.

    7th Aeolian Genealogy Webinar

    Sunday 24th October 2021
    10 am – 3 pm (AEDT) on Zoom

    The highly-rated webinar is happing again this year. After so much positive feedback from last year’s 6th Aeolian Genealogy Webinar, we are doing it again. 

    Join us from wherever you are in the world from the comfort of your home to learn tips and tricks to start or advance your Italian Ancestry.  You can be a beginner or an advanced family historian, you will be sure to benefit from these informative presentations. 

    Not from the Aeolian Islands? That’s ok!  Anyone with Italian ancestry can apply the information in our webinars to other parts of Italy.

    The webinar will start at 10 am (AEDT Australian Eastern Daylight Time) in Melbourne, Australia.

    10 am for other Time Zones:

    Auckland – 12 pm  noon (NZDT) Sunday
    London – midnight (BST) Sunday
    Los Angeles – 4 pm (PDT) Saturday of the date before
    New York – 7 pm (EDT) Saturday of the date before
    Roma, Italia – 1 am (CEST) Sunday
    Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) –  11 pm Saturday of the date before.

    For those who are not able to join us LIVE, a recording of the webinar will be able to be re-watched for those who have registered.

    Webinar Program

    Topic: Which Aeolian Islands Do You Think You Come From?

    Researching the family of the Hon. James Merlino, MP, Deputy Premier of Victoria and Minister of Education and Patron to the Società Isole Eolie.

    Presenter: Janetta Ziino (Keynote Address)

    Learn more about Janetta

    After many years of teaching – originally as a Primary School Teacher, then an Italian Language Teacher, Janetta returned to university as a mature student upon receiving a scholarship to study an Advanced Diploma in Interpreting at RMIT in 2015.

    Janetta is now a practising Certified Interpreter for the Italian community as well as working for the
    National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

    A member of the Regional Advisory Council for the Victorian Multicultural Commission,
    Janetta is immersed in the Italian community of Melbourne and is the Director of Events for the Società Isole Eolie of Melbourne.

    Janetta Ziino

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Topic: Research Strategies for Italian Family History

    Several strategies to use to advance your Italian genealogical research.

    Presenter: Joe Russo (Keynote Panellist)

    Learn more about Joe

    Joe Russo was born in Geelong to parents of Aeolian ancestry from Lipari and Salina. Joe has been researching his own ancestry and the genealogy of the Aeolian Islands, in particular, for over two decades. What started off as a hobby grew into a greater appreciation of the islands’ history, culture and especially its rich and often complex genealogical past.

    After having created his first website on the subject back in the 1990s when the internet was still relatively unknown, now includes social media and an evolving new website and blog. Joe travels to the Aeolian Islands frequently.

    Joe Russo

    Joe Russo

    KEYNOTE PANELLIST

    Topic: The History of the First Aeolian Migrations to Sydney and the Circolo Isole Eolie.

    Presenter: Cristina Neri

    Learn more about Cristina

    Cristina Neri was born in the country Victorian town of Horsham. Both her mother and father migrated to Australia from the Aeolian island of Salina soon after the Second World War.
    Cristina’s father owned a succession of cafés and established the district’s first reception centre and bistro, the La Fontana. Cristina grew up in these kitchens as well as at the feet of her Nonna, thus igniting an appreciation for her Aeolian heritage and its food.

    Cristina is a graphic designer, illustrator, photographer and author. Her favourite subject is her family and Aeolian heritage. She has recently written and illustrated her first children’s picture book titled For Love which is set on the island of Salina.

    In 2013, she initiated the Eoliano Heritage Study Program to reunite descendants like herself with their cultural past and on 2016, curated the exhibition titled From Volcanoes We Sailed which featured at the Immigration Museum of Victoria. Cristina also wrote and produced the documentary Ammunini to celebrate the 90th year anniversary of the Società Isole Eolie.

    It is Cristina’s hope that she can honour the Aeolian people, their journeys, cultural traditions and foods by her contributions as a committee member of the Società Isole Eolie.

    Cristina Neri

    Cristina Neri

    Topic: How to Access and Read Italian Records

    Learn how to access online sources and read Italian Birth, Death and Marriage records to help you build your family tree. 

    Presenter: Michael Angelini

    Learn more about Michael

    Michael Angelini is the grandson of Aeolian born grandparents on his mother’s side, who came from Lipari and Salina. Since 2005 at the age of 15 he has been researching his ancestry and since 2007 has been helping others find their own ancestors.

    Michael has created many online indexes from the birth, marriage and death records on the islands relating to the years 1820-1910. He is an active committee member and Assistant Director of Events at the SIE. He aims that his research and data collection will help other descendants from the Aeolian Islands go back further in their ancestry.

    Michael Angelini

    Topic: Speaking Aeolian in the Broader Italian Context

    Presenting examples of the speech of traditional Aeolian migrants, John will discuss similarities to the Sicilian it closely resembles. Comparing differences with standard Italian, we can consider whether ‘Eoliano’ is separate enough to be almost a language in itself.

    Presenter: John Barnao

    Learn more about John

    John Barnao was born in Carlton to parents who migrated from Stromboli. As a first child, he learned the Aeolian dialect. His father Vincenzo first came to Australia in 1927 as a 13-year-old and worked as a typical fruiterer all his life. John studied Economics and Commerce at the University of Melbourne and Arts at Monash.

    He then went on to pursue a career in Banking, Accountancy, and Tax. He is a member of various local historical societies and in recent years has been collecting photos and stories of Melbourne’s Aeolian fruit shops.

    A few years ago, he wrote a paper for the Italian Historical Society detailing the root causes of Aeolian migration and the significance of the Società’ Isole Eolie in directing the decision of many to come to Australia. He is presently our SIE Treasurer.

    John Barnao

    John Barnao

    Panellists

    Michael Angelini

    Learn more about Michael

    Michael Angelini is the grandson of Aeolian born grandparents on his mother’s side, who came from Lipari and Salina. Since 2005 at the age of 15 he has been researching his ancestry and since 2007 has been helping others find their own ancestors.

    Michael has created many online indexes from the birth, marriage and death records on the islands relating to the years 1820-1910. He is an active committee member and Assistant Director of Events at the SIE. He aims that his research and data collection will help other descendants from the Aeolian Islands go back further in their ancestry.

    John Barnao

    John Barnao

    Learn more about John

    John Barnao was born in Carlton to parents who migrated from Stromboli. As a first child, he learned the Aeolian dialect. His father Vincenzo first came to Australia in 1927 as a 13-year-old and worked as a typical fruiterer all his life. John studied Economics and Commerce at the University of Melbourne and Arts at Monash. He then went on to pursue a career in Banking, Accountancy and Tax.

    He is a member of various local historical societies and in recent years has been collecting photos and stories of Melbourne’s Aeolian fruit shops. A few years ago, he wrote a paper for the Italian Historical Society detailing the root causes of Aeolian migration and the significance of the Società’ Isole Eolie in directing the decision of many to come to Australia. He is presently our SIE Treasurer.

    Cristina Neri

    Cristina Neri

    Learn more about Cristina

    Cristina Neri was born in the country Victorian town of Horsham. Both her mother and father migrated to Australia from the Aeolian island of Salina soon after the Second World War.
    Cristina’s father owned a succession of cafés and established the district’s first reception centre and bistro, the La Fontana. Cristina grew up in these kitchens as well as at the feet of her Nonna, thus igniting an appreciation for her Aeolian heritage and its food.

    Cristina is a graphic designer, illustrator, photographer and author. Her favourite subject is her family and Aeolian heritage. She has recently written and illustrated her first children’s picture book titled For Love which is set on the island of Salina.

    In 2013, she initiated the Eoliano Heritage Study Program to reunite descendants like herself with their cultural past and on 2016, curated the exhibition titled From Volcanoes We Sailed which featured at the Immigration Museum of Victoria. Cristina also wrote and produced the documentary Ammunini to celebrate the 90th year anniversary of the Società Isole Eolie.

    It is Cristina’s hope that she can honour the Aeolian people, their journeys, cultural traditions and foods by her contributions as a committee member of the Società Isole Eolie.

    Joe Russo

    Joe Russo

    Learn more about Joe

    Joe Russo was born in Geelong to parents of Aeolian ancestry from Lipari and Salina. Joe has been researching his own ancestry and the genealogy of the Aeolian Islands, in particular, for over two decades. What started off as a hobby grew into a greater appreciation of the islands’ history, culture and especially its rich and often complex genealogical past.

    After having created his first website on the subject back in the 1990s when the internet was still relatively unknown, now includes social media and an evolving new website and blog. Joe travels to the Aeolian Islands frequently.

    Janetta Ziino

    Learn more about Janetta

    After many years of teaching – originally as a Primary School Teacher, then an Italian Language Teacher, Janetta returned to university as a mature student upon receiving a scholarship to study an Advanced Diploma in Interpreting at RMIT in 2015.

    Janetta is now a practising Certified Interpreter for the Italian community as well as working for the
    National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

    A member of the Regional Advisory Council for the Victorian Multicultural Commission,
    Janetta is immersed in the Italian community of Melbourne and is the Director of Events for the Società Isole Eolie of Melbourne.

    FAQ

    Here are just a few of the things people frequently ask about our webinars.
    If you don’t see your question here, get in touch with us below.

    General
    When and what time is the webinar?

    The 7th Aeolian Genealogy Webinar will be held on Sunday 24th October 2021

    The webinar will start at 10 am (AEDT Australian Eastern Daylight Time) in Melbourne, Australia.

    10 am for other Time Zones:
    Auckland – 12 pm  noon (NZDT) Sunday
    London – midnight (BST) Sunday
    Los Angeles – 4 pm (PDT) Saturday of the date before
    New York – 7 pm (EDT) Saturday of the date before
    Roma, Italia – 1 am (CEST) Sunday

    I live outside Australia. Can I still register and watch the webinar?

    Of course, you can!  We would love for you to join us. Please just pay attention to the time zone difference as all times and dates are stated as Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

    When it is 10 am on Sunday here in Melbourne it is:
    Auckland – 12 pm  noon (NZDT) Sunday
    London – midnight (BST) Sunday
    Los Angeles – 4 pm (PDT) Saturday of the date before
    New York – 7 pm (EDT) Saturday of the date before
    Roma, Italia – 1 am (CEST) Sunday

    Can I attend the seminar in-person in 2021?

    This year due to Covid-19 restrictions the seminar will take place online via our webinar.
    We are sorry in-person is not an option this year.

    How much will the online webinar cost?

    The cost per person for the 7th Aeolian Genealogy Webinar is $45.00 (AUD) 
    Upon registration, payment will be requested.

    Is there a discount for Societá Isole Eolie Members?

    There is no further discount for members. The cost of $45.00 (AUD) per person is for everyone, members including non-members of the Societá Isole Eolie Melbourne.

    If you would like to become a member of the Societá Isole Eolie Melbourne and see its benefits please click HERE

    How long will the webinar go for?

    The webinar will be about 6 hours long starting at 10 am and finishing at about 4pm (AEDT)

    My family comes from another part of Italy. Is this webinar beneficial to me?

    The webinar is mainly focused on the Aeolian Islands/ Sicilian themes, though anyone with Italian ancestry will also benefit from these informative presentations as they can be applied to other parts of Italy and give suggestions to build upon your ancestry research.

    After Registration
    I have registered. What now is my next step?

    If you have used Zoom before on your computer you should be set to go.
    If you haven’t used Zoom before, any time after registration, till before the webinar begins we suggest you download Zoom Client for FREE by clicking HERE
    That way before the webinar begins you can click the link in your confirmation email and it will open up in the Zoom Free software.
    Other than that… just wait for Sunday the 24th of October to enjoy an informative session.

    How do I access/join the webinar after registration?

    To join any of the webinar sessions, please click the link that you received in the confirmation email after you registered.
    You will receive a reminder email 24hours before the webinars begin and can use that link in that email.

    Can more than one person view the webinar session with the same link sent to me?

    No. Only one device can view the webinar session at a time with the link sent to you.

    During a webinar
    Can I ask questions during the webinar?

    Yes, feel free to ask questions in the webinar Q&A window during the webinar.
    At the end of each presentation, we will have allocated question time with the panellist.

    Do I need to mute myself on the webinar?

    As an attendee, you will automatically be muted when you enter into the webinar.

    Can you see me in the webinar?

    As an attendee, we or others will not be able to see you.

    After a webinar
    I missed the webinar. Can I re-watch it?

    The Webinar will be recorded and will be able to be viewed for a limited time after going live for those who have registered.

    If you will not be able to participate in the webinar LIVE with us please email us at sie.melbourne@gmail.com and we can give you access to the webinar after it went live.

    NOTE: The recordings will be a recorded video of the webinar session and it won’t be possible to ask questions to our panellists.

    Other Questions...

    For any other questions, please contact us in the contact form at the bottom of the page.
    We are happy to help you out for any questions you may have.

    A SAMPLE OF PREVIOUS TALKS AT OUR GENEALOGY SEMINARS

    Missed out on last year’s Genealogy Seminar?

    You are in luck! Watch last year’s seminar here on our website.
    Click HERE to subscribe to Discovering  your Aeolian History: Video Series

    CONTACT US

    For any enquiries or for more information regarding
    our Annual Genealogy Webinar please contact us here.

    We look forward to you joining us for an informative webinar.

    EXPLORE

    Bob Dimattina & Antonio Bongiorno Acland St St Kilda c.1920s
    Aeolian Fruiterers
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Cudduri Di Pasqua
    Aeolian Recipes
    Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie - First Picnic at Sunbury
    Annual Keast Park Picnic
    Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
    Discovering My Aeolian History: Video Series
    Festa di San Bartolomeo
    Festa di San Bartolomeo
    From Volcanoes, We Sailed
    From Volcanoes We Sailed
    Historical Photo Archive
    Historical Photo Archive
    History of Eolian Hall
    History of Eolian Hall
    Honour Board
    Honour Board
    1970 Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie Committee Meeting
    In Memoriam
    Miss and Mr Isole Eolie 2019
    Miss and Mr Isole Eolie
    Notable Aeolian-Australians
    Notable Aeolian-Australians
    SIE Museum
    SIE Museum

    Società Isole Eolie Museum

    Located on the first floor of our hall at 836 Lygon St, Carlton North, our Società Isole Eolie Museum houses various memorabilia and photos from our long-standing history.  The room is open during all our events or upon appointment.

    PLEASE NOTE:
    Currently, our museum is under renovation and will be available to view in the upcoming months.

     

    Contact Our Historical Archives Department

    Contact us below if you have your own historic Società Isole Eolie photos or
    if you would like to donate any objects to our museum we are happy to hear from you.

    A sneak peek at what you will find in our Museum

    Contact Us

    Contact us here if you have your own memories of the Societa Isole Eolie or would like to know more.

    If you would like to donate any objects to our museum we are happy to hear from you too.

      EXPLORE

      Bob Dimattina & Antonio Bongiorno Acland St St Kilda c.1920s
      Aeolian Fruiterers
      Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
      Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
      Cudduri Di Pasqua
      Aeolian Recipes
      Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie - First Picnic at Sunbury
      Annual Keast Park Picnic
      Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
      Discovering My Aeolian History: Video Series
      Festa di San Bartolomeo
      Festa di San Bartolomeo
      From Volcanoes, We Sailed
      From Volcanoes We Sailed
      Historical Photo Archive
      Historical Photo Archive
      History of Eolian Hall
      History of Eolian Hall
      Honour Board
      Honour Board
      1970 Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie Committee Meeting
      In Memoriam
      Miss and Mr Isole Eolie 2019
      Miss and Mr Isole Eolie
      Notable Aeolian-Australians
      Notable Aeolian-Australians
      SIE Museum
      SIE Museum

      From Volcanoes We Sailed- Connecting Aeolian Generations

      Thank you to Point Cool Productions for producing this film and to those who feature in the film for this wonderful representation of our Aeolian community in Melbourne. Directed by Oscar Strangio & Jack Ralph. 15mins

      Developed in collaboration with the Società Isole Eolie and the wider Aeolian community, part of the exhibition From Volcanoes We Sailed open at the Melbourne Immigration Museum April 30th – October 30th 2016

      Between April 30th to October 30th 2016, the Immigration Museum of Melbourne hosted From Volcanoes We Sailed: Connecting Aeolian Generations an exhibition curated by Cristina Neri. She has worked tirelessly with many others from the Aeolian community we have here in Melbourne to create this wonderful memoir of Aeolian history in Australia.

      Uncover the remarkable, cultural heritage of a migrant community hailing from the volcanic archipelago of the Mediterranean. Famous in Melbourne for their ‘fruit palaces’, Aeolians established a vast number of independent businesses in their newly adopted home.

      Beyond business, Aeolians have become leaders in politics and society. Encounter extraordinary families who have shaped Melbourne’s Aeolian community and learn about how Società Isole Eolie continues to nurture and connect Aeolians in Victoria and abroad.

      #‎FromVolcanoesWeSailed

      From Volcanoes, We Sailed
      From Volcanoes, We Sailed

      EXPLORE

      Bob Dimattina & Antonio Bongiorno Acland St St Kilda c.1920s
      Aeolian Fruiterers
      Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
      Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
      Cudduri Di Pasqua
      Aeolian Recipes
      Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie - First Picnic at Sunbury
      Annual Keast Park Picnic
      Aeolian Genealogy Seminar
      Discovering My Aeolian History: Video Series
      Festa di San Bartolomeo
      Festa di San Bartolomeo
      From Volcanoes, We Sailed
      From Volcanoes We Sailed
      Historical Photo Archive
      Historical Photo Archive
      History of Eolian Hall
      History of Eolian Hall
      Honour Board
      Honour Board
      1970 Societa Mutuo Soccorso Isole Eolie Committee Meeting
      In Memoriam
      Miss and Mr Isole Eolie 2019
      Miss and Mr Isole Eolie
      Notable Aeolian-Australians
      Notable Aeolian-Australians
      SIE Museum
      SIE Museum

      Aeolian Fruiterers

      It is right to say that the Aeolian Immigrants had an affinity with the fruit and vegetable industry in Australia.

      The agricultural knowledge that Aeolian migrants possessed obviously played a major role in the choice of occupation once in Australia.  Fruit and vegetables were things that Aeolians knew much about.  A small fruit and vegetable business seemed a desirable occupation which, while demanding hard work and long hours, provided a good livelihood and much-wanted independence for the newly-arrived migrants.

      This trend of entering into the vegetable retailing industry set by the earliest Aeolian migrants was followed by most of the later arrivals, who were mostly sponsored by well-established Aeolians. These new-comers, who worked and trained under their ‘paesani’ or older relatives, were able to perceive the various benefits of owning one’s own fruit shop business, and so many went on to open up one of their own.  Thus they propagated and eventually dominated the fruit and vegetable retailing industry.

      However, during the 1980s, the various supermarket chains squeezed out many fruiterers from their suburban strip shopping centres, and today most of the formidable Aeolian fruiterers who set up their own business in the 1950s and 1960s have gone into retirement.

      Some Aeolian names synonymous with Melbourne’s Fruit & Vegetable industry include: Pino Narduzzo, Tesoriero & Luca Bros., Marino Casamento, the Biviano and Scaffidi Brothers, Attilio Peluso, Tullio Scaffidi, the Tarantos, Mario Russo and the Rando family, Bob Natoli, Bob & Lyn Giuliano, Cincotta, Costa, Giuseppe Mandile and family, the De Luca and Mecca families plus F. Dimattina & Co. which still operates today after 80 years, as Dimattina Provedoring, and many more.

      There is no doubt that Aeolians have contributed to the Australian community with their efforts and sense of achievement in establishing themselves in a new country where everything seemed so different from the islands where they hailed from.

      Auburn Sydney Russo Galletta
      Russo & Galletta Auburn, Sydney c.1930
      Bob Dimattina & Antonio Bongiorno Acland St St Kilda c.1920s
      Bob Dimattina & Antonio Bongiorno Acland St St Kilda c.1920s
      Gaetano Russo Fruit Shop
      Gaetano Russo Fruit Shop

      Contact Our Historical Archives Department

      Was your family an Aeolian Fruiter in Australia? We would love to know!

      Contact us with the name of your family fruit business and the address it was located at or if you have any memories of Aeolian Fruit shops.

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        Aeolian Recipes

        These recipes are taken from Giulia Biviano’s cooking books “Cucina di Casa Nostra” and “Dolci di Casa Nostra”

        Cucina di Casa Nostra Cook Book

        For Australian Purchases: Please click  HERE to go to eBay or purchase at one of our events.
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        sfinci-di-cucuzza

        Sfinci di Cucuzza
        (Pumpkin Doughnuts)

        Ingredients:

        • 1/2 kg pumpkin, seeds removed
        • pinch of salt
        • 20g yeast
        • 1 2/3 cups plain flour or whatever is required
        • 1/2  cup of sultanas or raisins
        • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped rosemary
        • vegetable oil for frying
        • cinnamon sugar for dusting or vinocotto or golden syrup
        durci-di-casa

        I Durci di Casa
        (Home Style Biscuits)

        Ingredients:

        • 12 eggs
        • 3 cups of sugar
        • 3 cups olive oil
        • the rind of one large lemon
        • 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
        • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
        • self-raising flour as required
        Cudduri Di Pasqua

        Cudduri di Pasqua
        (Easter Bread Rings with Coloured Eggs)

        Ingredients:

        • 2 eggs (plus 6 more coloured but still raw. Do not use hard boiled eggs)
        • 2 tablespoons butter
        • 2/3 cup milk
        • 3 cups good quality all purpose flour (bread flour is better if you have it)
        • 1/4 cup sugar
        • 1 teaspoon sea salt
        • 2 1/2 tea spoons dry yeast
        • 1 cup icing sugar
        • 4 table spoons milk
        • 1 teaspoon vanilla
        • coloured sprinkles for decoration (optional)

        Try this easy traditional Aeolian recipe this Easter for you and your family to enjoy.

        spaghetti-con-pomodoro-melenzane-e-zucchini

        Spaghetti con Pomodoro, Zucchini e Melenzane
        (Spaghetti with Tomato, Zucchini and Eggplant)

        Ingredients:

        • 6 Medium size eggplants
        • 3 medium zucchini
        •  3 cloves of garlic, chopped
        • 1 medium brown onion, chopped
        • 1 kg plum ripe tomatoes, (or 3 cans peeled tomatoes)
        • 10 basil leaves, shredded
        • 500g spaghetti or linguini
        • ½ cup grated pecorino or romano cheese
        • salt and freshly ground black pepper for taste
        •  vegetable oil for frying.
        • chilli flakes (Optional)
        pane-cunsatu-giulia-biviano

        Pane Fresco & Pane Cunsatu
        (Sicilian Fresh Bread)

        Ingredients:

        • 500g spaghetti
        • salt and black pepper to taste, chilli flakes optional
        • 5 cloves of garlic diced
        • 2 tablespoons olive oil
        • 1 large onion, finely chopped
        • 125ml dry white wine
        • 500g marinara seafood mix
        • 4 tablespoons chopped continental parsley
        • grated parmesan cheese optional
        spaghetti-marinara

        Spaghetti Marinara with White Wine Sauce

        Ingredients:

        • 500g spaghetti
        • salt and black pepper to taste, chilli flakes optional
        • 5 cloves of garlic diced
        • 2 tablespoons olive oil
        • 1 large onion, finely chopped
        • 125ml dry white wine
        • 500g marinara seafood mix
        • 4 tablespoons chopped continental parsley
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