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Proxy marriages were common among the Italian-born living in Australia from the 1920s to the late 1960s. During this period, the majority of Italian migrants were young, single men. While some married women of Irish or German heritage, most men preferred to marry someone from their own village or region. For single women in Italy, proxy marriage often represented an opportunity to escape poverty, repression and boredom. This book features interviews with proxy brides and grooms who talk about their reasons for choosing marriage by proxy, how their relationships grew through several years of correspondence, and the experience of travelling to a new land and building a life together. Not all the stories have positive outcomes and the interviewees speak candidly about the challenges they faced. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
Published by Italian Historical Society - Co.As.It, Melbourne, Carlton. Paperback, photographs, 84 pages [English text].
Per l'Australia has gathered a wide readership among students of history, migrants and the general public. This story of resourcefulness, struggle and achievement, written in both English and Italian, draws on the extensive collection of photographs, documents, objects and oral histories housed at the Italian Historical Society. The book celebrates the significant contribution Italian migrants have made to their adopted home since the arrival of the First Fleet.