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Post war in the 1950’s and 60’s there was a wave of mass migration from Italy to Australia, and specifically from the lesser-known hillside town of San Fele (located in the southern region of Basilicata), to the then Drummoyne Municipality of Sydney, Australia.

Thousands of men and women arrived to this new land, and bandied together and supported each other through difficult times, trying to assimilate into the Australian way of life, whilst still holding on to their heritage, traditions and culture. Much like the refugees and migrants of today.

Soon was formed the Lucania Association in the early 70’s and by 1986 had fostered a political, economic and cross-cultural sister-ship between the City of Canada Bay and the town of San Fele.

In 2008, the Association raised funds and commissioned a 6m bronze statue, designed and built by an artist from the region – Antonio Masini, to be located in Five Dock NSW, as a symbol of the strength, determination and courage that thousands of Sanfelesi had in leaving their homeland and crossing oceans to start a new life.

“La Famiglia” was created to pay homage to their accomplishments and to capture their culture based on solid family values.

The sculpture comprises a mother, father and small child to symbolise Italian immigration to Australia, and particularly Five Dock, during the twentieth century. Today in Five Dock and the surrounding district you will find strong Italian influences in local shopping, festivals and dining.



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