CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano
199 Faraday Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

20 November 2018 to 23 March 2019

CO.AS.IT. proudly presents Carlo Catani: Visionary, Creator, Genius, an enlightening bi-lingual exhibition showcasing the life and significant achievements of Victoria’s foremost Italian-born civil engineer, and a key figure in the development of the State of Victoria from 1892 to 1917.

This special exhibition commemorates the 100 year anniversary of Catani’s passing by exploring his wide-ranging accomplishments through unique images and objects which showcase his enduring legacy to the State of Victoria. His many notable projects include the majestic Alexandra Avenue and Gardens in the heart of the city of Melbourne, the development of the European style St Kilda foreshore and the creation of scenic mountain roads which enabled the establishment of popular Victorian alpine resorts such as that at Mount Buffalo.

Widely recognised for his visionary schemes of public works, Catani dedicated over 41 years of his life to public service. He held the prestigious position of Victorian Public Works Department Chief Engineer from 1892 to 1917. During this time he created many of Victoria’s most significant landscapes, waterways, bridges, piers, roads, levees, weirs, lakes and parklands. He managed the reclamation of swamplands and the establishment of new settlements which are still thriving today.

“Here is a most unique personality whom the State will remember, because each year as it passes will help to perfect his artistic work”.
(Ovens and Murray Advertiser, 7 April 1915)

Exhibition/Image enquiries to Exhibition Co-ordinator: 
Elizabeth Triarico, CO.AS.IT. Manager Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano
e:; t: (03) 9349 9000