Savage Cows & Cabbage Leaves – An Italian Life
In 1927, four-year-old Carmela Barbaro arrived in Melbourne with her mother after a long sea voyage from Italy. The author, Carmela’s niece, spent several years interviewing family members and researching archives to create a lively and compelling biographical narrative.
The Barbaro family faced hardship, prejudice and poverty, but their story is full of humour, passion and the joy of living.
It is a celebration of a remarkable woman’s growing up in pre-War Melbourne and an intimate portrait of an immigrant family.