Joanne Tapiolas- Townsville Libraries Book Launch July 2018
I am an avid family historian and have a strong interest in local history. My passion for history goes back to my childhood and the stories I heard from my parents, my studies of Modern and Ancient History at school and my teaching of History in High Schools.
As a second generation Australian with Catalan (Spanish) and Veneto (Italian) grandparents, I was destined to write my family histories, my husband’s family histories and read my way through archived newspapers and government documents. My research has given me an understanding of displacement, prejudice and living in an unfamiliar world.
Some of my work is featured on this website: italianprisonersofwar.com and as part of the Catalans in Australia Project [www.catalanfootprintinaustralia.net/] . As well, I am working with a team to record the history of my childhood suburb Parkside [parksideprojectcom.wordpress.com]
In Walking in their Boots I share and record Queensland’s little-known history of Italian prisoners of war. A proud Queenslander, my passion for family history and insight into social history has inspired Queenslanders and Italians from around the world, to become part of this project and share their stories.