Tag Archives: Italians

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

From behind barbed wire at the Gaythorne camp in Brisbane, Giuseppe wrote a letter of appeal against internment, a one-pager covering six points. In brief, he argued that he’d been a law-abiding citizen for eighteen years, was not a member … Continue reading

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Transported like criminals

Internees were transported to Loveday Internment Camp by train. For those who lived far from South Australia, it was a long journey of discomfort and degradation. Sometimes the wagons were sealed and the windows barred. Sometimes people from the towns … Continue reading

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Three brothers interned

Three brothers from central Sicily were typical of the Italian farmers who were interned at Loveday during the war years. This is their story. Arrival: In 1922 Giuseppe (age 28) and Angelo (age 31) were sponsored to Australia by an … Continue reading

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Enemy aliens, spies and terrorists

Many thousands of Italians and Germans living in Australia were interned in World War Two. Why? Were they bad men? Were they enemy spies? Did they threaten to fight for their homeland within Australia? When the Aussie soldiers were sent … Continue reading

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Loveday Internment Camp and Its Inmates

Loveday Internment Camp in the Riverland District of South Australia was one of many internment camps set up by the federal government in World War Two to detain so-called ‘enemy aliens’. An ‘enemy alien’ was a person of German, Italian, … Continue reading

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