Alla fine del mondo


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Alla Fine Del Mondo: To the Ends of the Earth: A History of Italian Migration to the Wellington Region by Elenio Paul

Title Alla Fine Del Mondo: To the Ends of the Earth: A History of Italian Migration to the Wellington Region
Author Elenio Paul
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Year 1995
Publisher Petone Settlers Museum & Club Garibaldi
ISBN 0473204649
Language English
Format Paperback illustrated, revised
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You can find the book here


The book was first published by the Club Garibaldi and the Petone Settlers Museum in 1995 as part of a joint historical venture tracking the history of Italian migration to the Wellington region. An exhibition of the same name was held at the museum for more than two years. Paul Elenio, who was author of the first edition, volunteered to put together a revised edition of the book with substantial new material. This edition was launched on March 15, 2012. The book traces the largely chain migration from several small towns and villages in Italy to Island Bay, Eastbourne, Lower Hutt and other parts of New Zealand's capital city. The individual chapters feature migrants who became fishermen, market gardeners and business people, the story of Italians judged to be dangerous enemy aliens and interned, and the role of Club Garibaldi as a unifying and friendly force in a foreign land. The title of the book was chosen because in both fact and feeling the term accurately describes the migrants' belief that they had travelled to the ends of the earth to find their "buona fortuna" (good fortune).

The book is available in several libraries in New Zealand, through a small number of retail outlets in the Wellington area. These include the Mediterranean Food Warehouse outlets in Constable Street, Newtown and High Street, Lower Hutt and at La Bella Italia, Nevis Street, Petone, or it can be ordered at Club Garibaldi, info here.