A special exhibition exploring the life and significant achievements of Victoria’s foremost Italian-born civil engineer, who contributed to the design of prominent features such as the St. Kilda foreshore and Alexandra Avenue. 

20 November 2018 – 23 March 2019


CO.AS.IT. proudly presents Carlo Catani: Visionary, Creator, Genius, an enlightening bi-lingual exhibition showcasing the life and significant achievements of Victoria’s foremost Italian-born civil engineer, and a key figure in the development of the State of Victoria from 1876-1918.

From 20 November 2018 to 23 March 2019
Museo Italiano 
199 Faraday Street, Carlton [see Google map}

Carlo Catani was born and educated in Florence, Italy. He arrived in Melbourne in 1876 with his friends Ettore Checchi and Pietro Baracchi. This special exhibition commemorates the 100 year anniversary of Catani’s passing by exploring his wide-ranging accomplishments through unique images and objects which showcase his enduring legacy to the State of Victoria. His many notable projects include majestic Alexandra Avenue and Gardens in the heart of the city, development of the European style St. Kilda foreshore and creation of scenic mountain roads which enabled the establishment of popular Victorian alpine resorts such as that at Mount Buffalo.

“Here is a most unique personality whom the State will remember,
because each year as it passes will help to perfect his artistic work”.
(Ovens and Murray Advertiser, 7th April 1915)


Photos: Carlo Catani, courtesy of the Koo Wee Rup Swamp Historical Society; Catani Arch, 2018, courtesy of Daniela Riachi

VCHA 2019 Winner not premier

Winner of the 2019 Victorian Community History Historical Interpretation Award

CO.AS.IT. Italian Historical Society is delighted to receive this prestigious award which is presented by Public Record Office Victoria in partnership with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

The Victorian Community History Awards (VCHA) were established in 1998 to recognise and celebrate community history projects dedicated to telling local stories which help Victorians to better understand their past.

There were 120 VCHA entries in total and the commendations in this category were: Bendigo Art Gallery, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Sale Water Tower Museum and  Scribe, Melbourne

For more information on the VCHA: https://prov.vic.gov.au/community/grants-and-awards/community-history-awards 

Educational programs
Offering a special education program for teachers of Italian, English and SOSE – with self-guided or staff-led options – Museo Italiano is the perfect place for your next excursion!
School visits
Further research
The IHS has extensive collections of historic materials documenting the Italian presence in Australia. These are made available to scholars, writers and the community to assist them in family and community research.
Temporary exhibitions and events

Complementing the Museo's permanent collections, Co.As.It. regularly hosts temporary exhibitions and cultural events.
(Photo: ©Emilio Cresciani)

Cultural program