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Aeolian migration in Five Dock

Every August, Five Dock celebrates Italian food and culture through Ferragosto, one of Sydney’s premier street fairs.

Italian immigrants first came to Sydney in the 19th Century. Numbers of Italian immigrants began increasing after the United States set immigration quotas in 1924 with significant arrivals following World War II. Locally there were many Italian immigrants from the Isole Eolie (also known as the Aeolian Islands), especially from Panarea, Salina, Lipari and Stromboli.

The Eolie and other Italian immigrants have contributed enormously to the economic, social, cultural and sporting activities of the local community.

Two striking art works La Famiglia and Piazza Eolie also celebrate Five Dock’s rich Italian heritage.

Ferragosto will be held on Sunday, 11 August 2013.