Australian Story (1996– )
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In Search of Kings/Going the Distance 

While most people might dabble in a bit of family history, Melbourne sports writer, Tony de Bolfo's interest in his family's migration from Italy, has led him on an incredible journey through the lives of hundreds of migrant families.


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Episode credited cast:
Robert Di Pierdomenico ...
Himself - Guest Presenter
Himself - Guest Presenter
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Tony De Bolfo ...


What started as an oral history session with Tony de Bolfo's 88 year-old uncle three years ago has turned into a massive search for missing links in the stories of Italian families from opposite ends of the world. Tony's grandfather and two uncles arrived in Melbourne aboard the ship Re d'Italia (The King of Italy) in 1927. Of the 600 who made the trip from Italy to Australia, 110 disembarked in Melbourne and it is their subsequent journeys that have become Tony's obsession. So far, Tony has managed to track down the stories of 95 of the 110 Italian passengers. He has gone to great lengths to discover the fates of these people, including the tragic tale of a young man called Antonio Gnata.. Of the arrivals, only two are still alive, one of which is his uncle, who lives in Melbourne and another, who is 95, and living in Sydney. The remarkable lengths that Tony has gone to tracking down these very personal histories, including many late night calls to Italy although Tony is unable to ... Written by Australian Story

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1 July 1999 (Australia)  »

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