I have a firm belief that increasingly, the children and grandchildren of those Italians who were prisoners of war in Australia, will begin the journey to find traces and footprints of their ‘nonno’ or ‘papa’.
Murchison, Australia. 2 March 1945. Group of Italian prisoners of war (POWs) interned in C Compound, No. 13 POW Group. Photo by Ronald Leslie Stewart. AWM 030231/04
Family members can make the journey via the internet to locate documents and find answers.
In the National Archives of Australia, for each prisoner of war, there are two files available to view on-line.
Finding these documents is just the start of research. These documents have a wealth of information, but they are hard to understand and decipher.
The attached document Finding Nonno will assist Italian families with their research.
A special thank you to Nino Cipolla, Davide Dander, Angelo Valiante, Tim Dwyer and Liborio Mauro Bonadonna.