Go to: Dino and Pam: family backgrounds | The original farm | From dairying to mixed farming | Weeds to lifestyle blocks | Beans, cucumbers and a lot of bananas | Cyclones and the Tornado | Resumed land, sales and policy changes | Peas, lychees and pumpkins | Bananas in the 1930s | Neighbours | The Future? | Working the farm today | The changing community | Italians and Australians | The growing family | A partnership
Italians and Australians
As an Italian family growing up – what were your memories of that Italian side of things? Was that – obviously your families all met up but …?
Dino: Well put it this way, when we first come here it was nearly all Italians up this end. There was only the land owners that were Australians.
Now are you talking about going out to Crofton Road.
Dino: No, no up here.
On this property?
Dino: Yeah. And then even then – hang on there was only – there was the Everinghams…
Pam: Garnie and Thelma up the Road.
Dino: Yeah, yeah.
Dino: Hang on so you got Larsons…
Pam: I suppose old Sam Rose was still here then too.
Dino: Sam Rose yeah, keep going, keep going, keep going and then you come to Parkes.
Pam: And that was it cause it was just Dussina.
Dino: And that was whatshername, Pirlo and Ghidinelli at that property. And whatshername…the other side,
Pam: Billy Borra?
Dino: Joe… Italo Joe and Peter…
Pam: But it was all Italian community right to the end of Rose Road. Just up a bit further. The Consolvos, Pirlos, two Pirlos.
Dino: Santora, Consolvo at the top of the hill then you had Frank Parks, ah…coming down you had Giacomini and you had Pirlo on the other side and that’s it.
Pam: That’s all yeah. It was a big Italian community.
Dino: Now I’m the only little wog up this way. (laughing)
Pam: That’s alright. (laughing)
Dino: Yeah I’ve been the longest up here now.
What happened to everybody – went into town?
Dino: All took off.
Pam: Yeah when they got beyond… the farm.
Dino: Some got old and some sold to get out of here you know.
Because the farming had got too hard?
Dino: There was nothing in it.
What made you guys stay?
Dino: It wasn’t me good looks. It wasn’t the bank balance either.
I’ve seen those early photos – you weren’t a bad looker, both pretty suave looking when younger.
Dino: That’s when a fella had hair (laughing).