The Ballarat Italian Association is commemorating their ancestral history with a new book, La Nostra Storia – The Story of Italians in Ballarat, launched on 26th October at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute.

Author and Journalist Jan McGuinness skilfully weaves the stories of more than fifty individual settlement experiences into the growth and development of Ballarat since the Eureka Rebellion.

“La Nostra Storia is a story of adventure, success and resilience. It is a story of contribution and creativity, successful immigration and intercultural enrichment.
Italians not only contributed pasta and pizza to Ballarat’s culinary and social development but they were also prominent in the city’s political, economic and educational development.
Italians continue to add to Ballarat’s cultural growth and economic development with the emergence of well-integrated younger professionals across all sectors of the community.”
– Chez Dichiera (President of the Ballarat Italian Association)

The book is available for purchase in Ballarat book shops.