The letters written after the Italian newspaper articles were published all found their way to Lena Santospirito, despite the fact that her new correspondents didn't have her address. At least fourteen people wrote to Lena Santospirito after reading the article, seeking her advice about migrating from Italy to Australia. For more information see Series 50 - Letters from Italy, 'La Mamma Degli Italiani'.
There are hundreds of documents in the Santospirito Collection relating to post-war migration from Italy to Australia. Many people came to Mrs Santospirito, asking her to make representations on their behalf to the Department of Immigration. Santospirito wrote hundreds of letters to her good friend and former Minister for Immigration, Arthur Calwell. These interventions often resulted in decisions being reconsidered, reversed or expedited. For more information see:
- Series 12 - Landing Permits - Arthur Calwell
- Series 29 - Applications for Admissions to Australia
- Series 40 - Arthur Calwell - Landing Permits
You can search the Santospirito Collection by surname to locate documents relating to particular families.