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The rich Italian heritage of the ghost town Gwalia

Harvey Deegan

For about 66 years, the Sons of Gwalia mine supported the population of the town of Gwalia and Leonora which was 3 kilometres away. In 1936, approximately 40% of Gwalia’s inhabitants were Italians, 20% Yugoslavs and other southern Europeans.  Only about 40% were Australians, who were referred to as “Britishers”.

Now a ghost town Lorraine Kelly, Author of Goldfield Stories of Western Australia joined Harvey Deegan on Remember When to talk about the the Italian influence on the town of Gwalia and the memories her grandmother Norma had of the fun loving Grappa drinking Italians that use to keep the Britishers up all night with their singing and dancing.

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Harvey Deegan
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