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Photograph of man on metal ladder next to fruit trees

2008.0052.0039

Photograph of man on metal ladder next to fruit trees

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Physical description

A black and white photograph featuring a man standing on a metal ladder next to a row of fruit trees (in an orchard?). He is depicted twisting to face the camera, wearing a hat, and with a bag (full of fruit?) hanging from his neck in front of him. '5' is printed on the back of the photograph.

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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