From Tuscany to Victoria:
the life and work of
Pietro Baracchi, Carlo Catani, Ettore Checchi
THE BOOK: In
the spring of 1876 Pietro Baracchi, Carlo Catani and Ettore Checchi,
three young Italian engineers, came to the Colony of Victoria from
Tuscany, via New Zealand. Two of them were destined to achieve
fame and public recognition, and indeed all three contributed greatly to
the development of Victoria. Theirs was a lifetime commitment.
THE PUBLISHER: The
Italian Australian Institute (I.A.I.) is a non-profit organisation,
supported by the co-operation between the Grollo-Ruzzene Foundation and
La Trobe University. Its charter states that its main aim is to
research and study every aspect of the Italian presence in Australia.
Daniela Volpe was born in Melbourne in 1974 of Calabrian parents.
She was educated at Mandeville Hall (Toorak) and after obtaining her VCE
she enrolled at Monash University completing a Bachelor of Arts with
Honours degree. After graduation she was granted a study
scholarship by the Italian Institute of Culture and continued her
studies of Italian language and culture at Pesaro and Urbino. Upon
her return from Italy, she was encouraged by Dr. Piero Genovesi to
undertake research study for a Master of Arts degree at La Trobe
University. She completed her thesis (the subject of this
publication) in December 2000. During her tertiary studies, she
was active in youth affairs within the Italian-Australian community and
held several executive positions including that of Vice President of
"Club Cultura" (Coasit). In June 2004 she married Peter Riachi and
is now the proud mother of a baby girl, Natalie Rose.