History

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.

See More —

Last Tweets Last Tweets

Instagram Feed

Excited to announce two new staff appointments. Welcome Neil Rocke (left) and Anthony Musarra to ...
We're looking for leaders with exceptional talent, drive and a genuine passion for hospitality to ...
Established in 1884 by George Godfree and Edwin King
The restored heritage listed Sirena Tuna sign will be back soon as the backdrop to our new rooftop ...
Better than a desk job. Unless it's a desk job at the new King & Godfree offices
Towards a February opening. Hit the link in profile for a full construction update 📷 @tomross.xyz
Can't wait to peel these off very soon
Way back when the King & Godfree office building was first constructed
New office stairs coming along. And we're leaving the exposed concrete aggregate walls of course
Original terazzo office steps being repurposed as stools for the rooftop bar
The view from below
The view from above
The things you find on site
Construction team out for their lunch break post prep for hard plaster walls
Join the new family! Hit the link in profile to find out more and apply
Soon to be offices under the newly constructed rooftop bar
Time for a knock off after a busy week on site
Once full of beer and wine. Soon to be full of beer and wine once again