Series 31 - Antonio Agostini


Quantity3 items
ProvenanceLena Santospirito
Description

In June 1944, Antonio Agostini was convicted of the manslaughter of his Australian wife, Linda, ten years earlier. In the Australian media, this case had been known as the ‘Pyjama Girl Murder’. Agostini had previously worked as a waiter at Romano’s restaurant in Sydney, and been editor of the fascist Italian newspaper, Il Giornale Italiano.

Agostini came into contact with Mrs Santospirito when he was facing deportation back to Italy. Antonio Agostini wrote a letter to Lena Santospirito from Pentridge Prison in December 1947. He appealed to her for help, asking Santospirito to plead his case to Arthur Calwell, who was then Minister for Immigration and had the power to reverse his deportation order.

This series contains a long letter written by Agostini which gives an account of his life in Italy and in Australia, including his relationship with his wife. Researchers are requested to use the photocopy of Item No SP-01522, due to this document's fragility and significance.


Inventory Listing

Letter from A. Agostini to Santospirito, 16 December 1947

Modotti; Santospirito's offer to visit Pentridge; discharge; deportation order; reconsideration of deportation order; Fr Galante.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 16 December 1947    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01521 Box Number 31.1 Series 31
Letter from A. Agostini to Mr Whitworth

His story; conditions in Italy; Italians in Australia; Romano's; Mr Bianchi; Mr Battistessa; Linda Platt; his marriage; Italian newspapers; Mr Portous; Mr Scottow; Mr Hutchinson; The "Italian Journal"; Fr De Francesco; Monsignor Terzariol; Modotti; Angelo della Famiglia; Dr Beovich; Italians in Western Australia; Fr Ryan; Archbishop Duhig; Opposition to "the Italian Journal"; law suit; O'Bryan KC; Mr Fazio; Mr Adami.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1947?    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01522 Box Number 31.1 Series 31
Letter from A. Calwell to Santospirito, 21 February 1948

Agostini; reconsideration of deportation order refused.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 21 February 1948    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01523 Box Number 31.1 Series 31

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