Italian community remember their fallen

ITALIANS ON PARADE…. Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Seema Abdullah commemorates Remembrance Day with Australian-Italian servicemen and women. Photo Steve Hutcheson

Australia has become a cosmopolitan community of people from all over the world. The Italian community and people of Italian descent now represents around five percent of the Australian population.  

It was during the war from 1939 to 1945 that Italians were the enemy and more than 20% of the Australian Italian population were interned under the National Security Act, many in the region of Tatura and Murchison.

For those that have come to Australia in the years since the war, many have served in the Italian and Australian military. Their remembrance of the fallen is marked by a small parade and service at the Murchison cemetery where there is a monument dedicated to Italian servicemen and women who now call Australia home.

 This year, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Seema Abdullah participated in the service and along with others, laid a wreath on behalf of the municipality.