The New Zealand Italians
The history of the New Zealand Italians was handed down through family stories until 1992, when Wellington's Club Garibaldi published a history of Italian migration to the Wellington region.
The author was Paul Elenio, and the title chosen was Alla Fine Del Mondo – To the Ends of the Earth.
The 92-page book features stories and photographs of the intrepid families who made the long journey from the Aeolian Islands off Sicily's north coast in search of a better life for themselves and their children.
It chronicles a familiar story of chain migration, which led to the establishment of the Wellington fishing industry and a range of small businesses that serviced the Italian population and changed the landscape of Wellington forever.
A second book, Famiglie Strombolani, was published in 2000.
Alla Fine Del Mondo was out of print until recently, but you can now order copies from this web site:
Island Bay Little Italy.
[And please let them know that we sent you.]