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Elda Stiebel interviewed by Peter Parkhill for the Voices from the Illawarra collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2560456
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Stiebel, Elda Zanotti, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research use; written permission required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1995 
4 sound tape reels (ca. 128 min.): analog, 7 1/2 ips, two track mono. 

Voices from the Illawarra collection.


Elda Stiebel, born in Bologna, Italy, talks about her family background; siblings; meeting husband; emigrating to Australia, because her husband is Jewish; living in Bologna as a child; her schooling; religious lessons; school hours; the people of Bologna and villages, around 1935; trams; class differences; piano lessons from age 8, final exams at age 19; teaching piano after final exams; migrating to Australia (1939); Italy before the war: Mussolini; anti Semitism in Italy, 1930s; WWI; the family move to Melbourne, first impressions of Australia; landlord; migration and government regulations; husband finding a job in Batlow, N.S.W.; compulsory visits to police; registered as 'aliens', being fingerprinted on arrival in Australia; Batlow during WWII; neighbours; accommodating people during the war; repaying loan; earning money from needlework; picking fruit and vegetables; racism; learning English; building house (1945); Batlow cider factory during WWII, changing to a cannery after the war; 1960s employment for family; the move to and purchase of a house in Wollongong; teaching Italian at St Mary's College, Wollongong; studying for Bachelor of Arts through Univ. New England; her children's education; piano teaching; Wollongong during the 1960s; teaching at Wollongong West Primary School, 1960-61, teaching needlepoint at school; learning to drive; writing an autobiography; language and identity; children’s professions; Wollongong steelworks in 1960s; visiting Italy every two years to see family; Italians in Wollongong during 1960s; Italian friends; jobs for Italian migrants; availability of Italian goods; Australian attitudes to migrants, 1960s; Australian cultural traditions; Christianity, friends through the church; University of the Third Age; conversion of husband, his baptism.


Recorded on Mar. 16, 1995.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) 
Subjects Stiebel, Elda Zanotti -- Interviews.  |  Teachers -- New South Wales -- Illawarra Region -- Interviews.  |  Italian Australians -- New South Wales -- Interviews.  |  Italy -- Emigration and immigration.  |  Australia -- Emigration and immigration.  |  Batlow (N.S.W.) -- Social conditions -- History.  |  Wollongong (N.S.W.) -- Social conditions -- History.
Occupation Teachers.
Other authors/contributors Parkhill, Peter, Interviewer


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