Now proudly on display at the Bonegilla Migrant Experience, Bonegilla Victoria Click here

Part of the Multicultural Museums Victoria inaugural ‘Grandmothers’ project, Nonne explores the accomplishments, tradition, wisdom and the fundamental familial role of Italian grandmothers.

6 May - 24 August 2018

One of my granddaughter‘s friends said ‘I wish I had a nonna too’.
I asked ‘Oh? You don’t have a grandmother’?
‘Yes, I do have a grandma but I don’t have a nonna’.
(F. Smarrelli)

CO.AS.IT. Italian Historical Society and Museo Italiano is proud to present Nonne, images through generations, an exhibition that showcases the role of the Italian Australian nonna through historic and contemporary photographs.

This evocative exhibition draws on the remarkable photographic collection of CO.AS.IT’s Italian Historical Society as well as contemporary images and stories specifically collected from members of the Italian community.

Whether it is a long distance or absent nonna, a virtual one, a masterchef or great story-teller, we all have or have had a nonna. This exhibition reminds us of the role they have played in our lives and in our community. Join us in celebrating their wisdom, strength, perseverance, resilience and their great cooking!

Exploring this topic has revealed the often overlooked a group of women whose lives have been extraordinary in many ways. The nonne of yesteryear like the nonne of today face challenges in our society, but their dedication and unconditional love for their grandchildren is never questioned.

Nonne, images through generations opened on Sunday 6 May and closed on Friday 24 August 2018.
Now proudly on display at the Bonegilla Migrant Experience, Bonegilla Victoria

Image: Nonna Sebastiana in her garden with granddaughter Angela, preparing home-grown tomatoes for bottling. Richmond, 1957. CO.AS.IT Italian Historical Society Collection (P-00956)

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