Today it is 4 years since I launched this website/blog. It is an important milestone.
With 207 posts and 12 pages, Footprints of Italian Prisoners of War in Australia is the most comprehensive documentation of this chapter in Australia’s history.
We are an international research project with Australians and Italians in 14 countries contributing a diverse range of items, insights and memories. We have built a community where information is share freely. We are unique because of the diversity of perspectives portrayed.
There are moments of sadness; moments of elation and moments of quiet reflection.
It is important that we try to place ourselves in the boots of the soldier and prisoner of war and walk through this history.
Four years ago, I had no knowledge of website building and blogging. Four years ago, I did not think that “Google Translate” would become my best friend. Four years ago I did not know the history of Bardia or Matapan nor did I know the geographic location of many of the regional Australian farming communities in this history.
Nino Amante from Catania accidentally found a photo of his father on the internet and wrote to me about the “Miracolo di Internet”.
I also believe that your individual passionate searches for your father or grandfather’s ‘lost years’ is part of this ‘magic‘.
Families cannot always find specific personal information about and connections to Australia families for their father or grandfathers. But in the sharing of information, there is the possibility to reconstruct the journey for your loved ones.
My family wonder when I will stop!
My answer is ‘I don’t know’.
Regardless of when I run out of energy, this website serves as a ‘virtual’ museum: a museum which can add items to its collection at any time.
I patiently await the next donation to this museum.