New Italy, New South Wales
New South Wales
|Population||187 (2016 census)|
|LGA(s)||Richmond Valley Council|
New Italy is a village near Woodburn in the Northern Rivers district in New South Wales, Australia. The busy Pacific Highway passes nearby. New Italy is 693 km north-east of the state capital, Sydney, and 12 km south of Woodburn.
In 1882 Italian immigrants from the region of Veneto in northern Italy, most of them survivors of the ill-fated De Rays Expedition, took up a conditional purchase farm of 40 acres (160,000 m2) near Woodburn at what was initially called La Cella Venezia and later renamed New Italy. By the mid-1880s, about 50 holdings of an aggregate area of more than 3,000 acres (12 km²) were under occupation, and the Italian population of New Italy had increased to 250. It was a small farming community growing fruits and vegetables including grape vines. The school was opened in 1885 but ceased operation in 1933 due to decreasing enrolments. The New Italy settlers built mud brick houses, a church, school and community hall in traditional style of northern Italy. Due to it remote location the population of settlements was stagnant. In the 1930s a Park of Peace was established to remember the pioneers of the settlement. In the late 1950s the regional significance of the settlement began to be recognised. The Bicentennial Museum was opened in 1989. Following the World Expo in Brisbane in 1988 the Italian government presented the contents of their Expo Pavilion to the New Italy Centenary Committee and the Italian Pavilion at New Italy was opened in May 1993. The Museum presents the history of Italian migration to Australia and the memorabilia from the New Italy settlement. The Pavilion celebrates all Italian migrants and their contribution to the culture of Australia.
New Italy via Woodburn has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "New Italy (state suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
- "Vineyard Haven, New Italy Settlement, New South Wales State Heritage Register (NSW SHR) Number H01715". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "New Italy Settlement, New South Wales State Heritage Register (NSW SHR) Number H01648". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- New Italy celebrates by Pam MacIntosh (ABC North Coast, 8 April 2010)
- Journey To A New Life (NSW Government)
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