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Photograph of Carmelo Mirabelli and Andonino Bomomo squatting in front of building, 1955

2008.0052.0031

Photograph of Carmelo Mirabelli and Andonino Bomomo squatting in front of building, 1955

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Physical description

A black and white photograph featuring Carmelo Mirabelli and Andonino Bomomo squatting next to each other on the grass in front of a light coloured corrugated iron building. They are pictured face on to the camera in the middleground, wearing white button-up shirts, black pants and ties. Their left hands are resting on their left thighs and their right forearms are resting on their right knees. The photograph features '250' printed on the back. The back of the photograph also features a hand written text in blue ink which reads 'RICORDO. 2-10-55 / Giorgio Mirabelli / Andonino Bomomo'. 'Giorgio Mirabelli' is one of the names previously used by Carmelo Mirabelli.

Statement of significance

The Carmelo Mirabelli collection no. 2 consists of 61 items relating to Mr Mirabelli's six years of itinerant work, and his time working on Melbourne's wharves, after migrating from Sicily to Australia in 1951. He travelled between Ingham, Qld; Shepparton and Mildura, Vic. following the seasonal harvests of sugar cane in Queensland and stone fruit and grapes in Victoria in order to find a 'home' in Australia. The collection includes 48 photographs documenting his time cane-cutting, fruit-picking, his colleagues and his travels. The other items consist of his razor, two enamel plates, camera flash, Super 8 Movie camera, bicycle trouser clips and his crane driving certificate.

The Mirabelli collection no. 2 reflects aspects of post-WWII Italian migration. It is visually representative of itinerant or seasonal workers lives in the post war period and how these flows of people connected Queensland to Victoria. The collection adds to the understanding of post war agricultural history, particularly that of fruit picking and cane cutting. The Mirabelli collection no. 2 also illustrates how phases of mobility and consolidation were part of the Italian male migrant experience in the post war era.

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