Part of CO.AS.IT. 50th anniversary celebration, this special photographic display pays tribute to some of the key people and events in the development and history of CO.AS.IT.

14 September – 16 November 2018

Established in 1968 in Carlton, CO.AS.IT. remains the leading welfare agency for Italians in Australia, with a long and proud history of working closely with the Italian Community to provide specially tailored services and support.

During its extraordinary history, CO.AS.IT. has initiated and undertaken numerous successful social welfare programs and activities in the areas of aged care, education, culture and heritage.

The quality and innovative work of CO.AS.IT. has attracted support and interest from a range of Italian and Australian government organisations. Many prominent Italian politicians and Australian government ministers have visited CO.AS.IT., to discuss a wide variety of programs and activities. Since 1976 the Governor of Victoria, together with their spouse, have been Patrons-In-Chief of CO.AS.IT.

The images from the Italian Historical Society Collection that have been selected for this display are an important record of CO.AS.IT.’s unique connection with the Italian and Australian communities. They highlight important events such as: visits by government representatives, establishment of key welfare and cultural agreements and the many programs and activities that have helped make CO.AS.IT. the successful and unique organisation it is today.

Display & image enquiries:
Elizabeth Triarico
Co.As.It. Collections Manager
Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano

Phone : (03) 9349 9000

Image: Opening of the Victoria’s Italians 1900-45 exhibition and launch of the accompanying catalogue at the State Library of Victoria, 4 March 1986. The opening of the inaugural CO.AS.IT. Italian Historical Society exhibition was officiated by the Hon. Race Mathews, Victorian Minister for the Arts, pictured here with Antonino Provenzano (Italian Consul) and Sir James Gobbo.

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