Series 1 - Offers Of Work


Date Range1952 - 1953
Quantity46 items
ProvenanceLena Santospirito
Description

The records in this series relate to the work undertaken by Mrs Santospirito, as President of the Archbishop’s Committee for Italian Relief, to find employment for Italian migrants. They consist of inward and outward correspondence with prospective employers. Mrs Santospirito sought to place migrants both with private individuals as gardeners or doing odd-jobs, as well as with large companies such as the Melbourne Metropolitan Tramways Board and General Motors Holden. Migrants travelled as far as Barmera, South Australia and Lismore, in Northern New South Wales to work in positions lined up by Lena Santospirito.

There are copies of press advertisements placed by the Archbishop’s Committee in the ‘Situations Wanted’ columns on behalf of Italian men. It also contains Mrs Santospirito’s notebooks in which she recorded details of all ‘offerte di lavoro’, such as names, phone numbers, addresses, instructions on how to find the employer’s house, skills and qualifications required.

In general, the Archbishop’s Committee worked for unassisted migrants (the majority of post-war migrants to Australia), as the Italian Consulate had established a separate organisation in 1952 for assisted migrants. The Welfare Committee for Italian Assisted Migrants was headed by Mrs Lena Cincotta, who took over the presidency of the Archbishop’s Committee from Mrs Santospirito in 1955. From the records in this series, it is evident that during the peak period of unemployment (1952-53), Mrs Santospirito attempted to find employment for assisted migrants also.

Please note the related series.

Related Series
Related

37  Copie Lettere di Presentazione 1951 - 1953

44  Lettere Varie Emigranti 1950 - 1957

27  Miscellaneous Work and Other Matters 1950 - 1953

20  Miscellaneous Work Requests 1952 - 1953


Inventory Listing

Letter from John L Cremean, MP to Fr Mammi, 31 July 1951

Dr G Ponti; A Ponti & Co Townsville; application for bottled ale; Ballarat Brewing Co; L G Cremean; Santospirito

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 31 July 1951    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00001 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
R R Birch Mario Infanti; City of Melbourne Abbatoirs and cattle markets Department; work report; Italians employed by Council
Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 29 November 1951
Inventory Identifier SP-00002 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Note: painter for Mr Palamara, Hampton; directions, no date
Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?
Inventory Identifier SP-00003 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Nicolo de Ronchi; knitting mill; Thornbury
Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 24 February 1953
Inventory Identifier SP-00004 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Argus advertisement; Italian men available for work; Italian chauffeur available
Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 7 February 1953
Inventory Identifier SP-00005 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from E James to Santospirito, no date

Work available; shifting soil

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00006 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Santospirito to Mrs Dalle, no date

Antonio Diorio; letter of introduction; work

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00007 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Mr Warman; land at Rosebud; vegetable growing, no date
Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?
Inventory Identifier SP-00008 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Italian Consulate Married couple wanted; Colin McNiven; Gypsy Point; housework; gardening, no date
Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?
Inventory Identifier SP-00009 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Note: Italians being employed; Henderson's Federal Spring Works, no date
Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?
Inventory Identifier SP-00010 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Joan Galbally to Santospirito, no date

Gardener wanted; Ray Triado; Dr Galbally

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00011 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from G Kraus to Santospirito, 25 April 1951

Lease of orchard; Hawthorn; European workers; Mr Waldmann

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 25 April 1951    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00012 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
R R Birch Copy of SP-00002
Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 29 November 1951
Inventory Identifier SP-00013 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Santospirito to Mr Preuss, Holden, 25 June 1952

Ferdinando Galanti; recommendation for work; Mrs Cincotta

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 25 June 1952    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00014 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Santospirito to Mr Davis, 10 July 1952

Ovidio Bighellini; letter of introduction; barber; list of 11 other names available for work.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 10 July 1952    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00015 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Santospirito to Mr Davis, 11 July 1952

Giuseppe Romeo; letter of introduction; ex-police officer from Messina; father, mother; list of names

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 11 July 1952    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00016 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Santospirito to Mr Preuss, 18 July 1952

Alfonso Michieli; letter of introduction; driver, mechanic; work experience

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 18 July 1952    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00017 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Santospirito to Mr Cole, 19 July 1952

Meggetto; letter of introduction; printer mechanic.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 19 July 1952    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00018 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from W Wood to Santospirito, no date

Italian wood carver; Chippendale furniture

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00019 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from J D Sutcliffe, Utah Construction Ltd to Santospirito, 2 October 1952

Antonio Salerni; work unavailable

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 2 October 1952    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00020 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Santospirito to Norman C Strange, Ports & Telegraphs, 14 October 1952

Ferruccio Cernaz; letter of introduction; application for work in PMG Department; opening of No 1 Swanston St; Dante Triaca; Maria Triaca; Rose Russo, application for telephone; Australasian Trading and Engineering Co Pty Ltd

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 14 October 1952    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00021 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from V Perantoni to Santospirito, 31 October 1952

Request for two boarders; new house

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 31 October 1952    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00022 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Santospirito to T A Sander, 16 November 1952

Work for grape pickers; Renato Pizzinato

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 16 November 1952    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00023 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Santospirito to Mr Costa, 20 November 1952

Appointment to meet Mr Astolfi

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 20 November 1952    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00024 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from ? to Santospirito, 29 December 1952

Money for two former employees; further work unavailable

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 29 December 1952    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00025 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Doris Harris to Santospirito, 2 January 1953

Graziano; directions; work at Bernard's; Templestowe

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 2 January 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00026 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Italian Consulate to Santospirito, 13 January 1953

George Nopenaire, Deputy Consul for Belgium; suitable married couple

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 13 January 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00027 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from George Nopenaire to L Dainelli, 7 January 1953

Request for married couple; work in Longala property; housework & handyman

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 7 January 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00028 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Jessie Lyon to Santospirito, 14 January 1953

Request for private housekeeper; Argus advertisement

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 14 January 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00029 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from L L Demerer, Everbest Food to Santospirito, 18 January 1953

Request for Italian butcher, smallgoodsman; Age advertisement

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 18 January 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00030 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Santospirito to Everbest Food, 19 January 1953

Antonio Coluccio; Gino Albanesi; Italian butchers

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 19 January 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00031 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Santospirito to Fr J Kelly, 22 January 1953

List of 50 names; applicants for work

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 22 January 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00032 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Italian Consulate to Santospirito, 24 January 1953

R E Kahn; request for married couple; vegetable and flower growers; poultry

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 24 January 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00033 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Coffey Bros Pty Ltd to Santospirito, 30 January 1953

Francesco Marino; refusal of work

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 30 January 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00034 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from F H Baker to Santospirito, 1 February 1953

Refusal of work

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1 February 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00035 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from T A Sander to Santospirito, 5 February 1953

Pizzinato; Luisetto; third worker required; truck for cartons of grapes; grape tank; Mr Bartech/Bacci

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 5 February 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00036 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from W C Germain, Department of Labour and National Service to Santospirito, 9 February 1953

T A Sander; Mario Pizzinato; Luisetto; no further work available

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 9 February 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00037 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from T A Sander to Santospirito, 10 February 1953

Requirement for only three workers; further applicants come at own risk; Alice Springs, trouble

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 10 February 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00038 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from H C Vale to Santospirito, 9 February 1953

Italian fern cutter wanted; property at Toora North; Argus advertisement

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 9 February 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00039 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Registrar Plumbers & Gasfitters Board to A Murru, 17 February 1953

Examination for registration

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 17 February 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00040 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from M Sikman to Santospirito, 19 April 1953

Request for gardener; Argus advertisement

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 19 April 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00041 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Carmela Casamia to Marianna ?, 22 May 1953

Request for work; Santospirito

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 22 May 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00042 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Lena Cincotta, Catholic Migration Office to John Sackville & Sons, 23 July 1953

Maria Rech; letter of introduction

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 23 July 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00043 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from Martin Gleeson to Santospirito, 1 July 1953

Giuseppe Pinnuto; work unavailable

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1 July 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00044 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Letter from M McIntosh, Paton's Brake Replacement Pty Ltd to Santospirito, 19 August 1953

Mr D'Alessandro; work unavailable

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 19 August 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-00045 Box Number 1.1 Series 1
Notebook: "Offers of Work"; names and addresses
Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1952? - 1953?
Inventory Identifier SP-00046 Box Number 1.1 Series 1

Published by the Italian Historical Society, CoAsIt, December 2001
Listed by Cate Elkner and Tony Santospirito
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