Si Parla Italiano

By King & Godfree Wednesday November 1, 2017 See More —

In the 1950s and 1960s, Carlton became the first and best-known “Little Italy” in Australia. It was, in many ways, the Italians’ home away from home. The various groups of Italian migrants had formed a vibrant and close-knit community.

It was a community that as well as tuna and tomatoes, wanted news from Italy and on the issues that mattered to the local Italo-Australians.

And news they got. Carlo’s brother Tarcicsio Valmorbida partnered with Ubaldo Larobina to open a small office on Faraday Street next to King & Godfree and, on the 4th of November 1959, the first edition of the Italian language newspaper ‘Il Globo’ went to print with just a few broadsheet pages.

Headlines and stories were read in coffee shops over an espresso, keeping members of the community in touch with what was happening in Italy, and giving a voice to the migrants on local issues.

Italians have always loved their soccer though, and the canny Mr Larobina beat competitors by coming out on a Monday and publishing Sunday’s soccer results from Italy. “We were the first in the world to publish the results, because of the time difference.”

The paper is no longer located next to King & Godfree but it is still Il Globo is now published twice a week and you can still see more the older members of the Italian community sitting in cafés, sipping their espresso and catching up on news from Italy.

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