Tapes and testimony : making the local history of Italians in the Western Cape in the first half of the 20th century

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Nasson, Bill en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Corgatelli, Pietro en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-22T07:18:20Z
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dc.date.issued 1989 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Corgatelli, P. 1989. Tapes and testimony : making the local history of Italians in the Western Cape in the first half of the 20th century. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17177
dc.description Bibliography: pages 258-271. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The history of long distance immigrant communities, particularly those with few or no written documentary records, is often cited as an obvious example for oral historical enquiry. Such groupings would be represented by the Greek, Portuguese and Jewish as well as the Italian population in South Africa, and by similar settler communities in Great Britain and the USA. The advantages of an orally-derived community history is surely shown by the potential richness of information found in interviews where people's history is offered in their own words, in which migrants consider the life they have lived as basically their own formations. The Italian community was selected because there are only very thin and fragmentary records of its local history and because of the author's own origins. Through interviews, one has been able to expand on the existing sparse historical picture and to gather fresh material concerning a range of active individuals who, through their business lives and practices, established successful new industries and other local economic enterprises. Sample interviews have been transcribed and edited, to illustrate the range of oral testimony. Through them one hears something of the history of men such as Oreste Nannucci who started a laundry business, Giuseppe Rubbi, who was one of the most prominent builders in Cape Town before the Second World War, and Amedeo Traverso who, with his partners, developed the sea front in Sea Point, among many other speculative ventures. Through the examples of Mrs Ida Peroni's and Antonio Introna's testimony we move away from the historical voice of male petty entrepreneurs to obtain a new insight into the fortunes of the Sicilian fishing community. Wherever possible, attempts have been made to check the information generated by oral testimony by consulting census reports, migration figures, consular and parliamentary reports, books, documents, newspapers and personal correspondence both in South Africa and Italy. Written documentary sources are utilised in relevant chapters. By piecing together this disparate range of source material, the present study shows the dimensions of Italian migrant economic and social experience not simply as generalities but as something to be glimpsed in the uniqueness inherent in every life history. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Italians - South Africa - Western Cape en_ZA
dc.title Tapes and testimony : making the local history of Italians in the Western Cape in the first half of the 20th century en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Historical Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Corgatelli, P. (1989). <i>Tapes and testimony : making the local history of Italians in the Western Cape in the first half of the 20th century</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17177 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Corgatelli, Pietro. <i>"Tapes and testimony : making the local history of Italians in the Western Cape in the first half of the 20th century."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies, 1989. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17177 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Corgatelli P. Tapes and testimony : making the local history of Italians in the Western Cape in the first half of the 20th century. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies, 1989 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17177 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Corgatelli, Pietro AB - The history of long distance immigrant communities, particularly those with few or no written documentary records, is often cited as an obvious example for oral historical enquiry. Such groupings would be represented by the Greek, Portuguese and Jewish as well as the Italian population in South Africa, and by similar settler communities in Great Britain and the USA. The advantages of an orally-derived community history is surely shown by the potential richness of information found in interviews where people's history is offered in their own words, in which migrants consider the life they have lived as basically their own formations. The Italian community was selected because there are only very thin and fragmentary records of its local history and because of the author's own origins. Through interviews, one has been able to expand on the existing sparse historical picture and to gather fresh material concerning a range of active individuals who, through their business lives and practices, established successful new industries and other local economic enterprises. Sample interviews have been transcribed and edited, to illustrate the range of oral testimony. Through them one hears something of the history of men such as Oreste Nannucci who started a laundry business, Giuseppe Rubbi, who was one of the most prominent builders in Cape Town before the Second World War, and Amedeo Traverso who, with his partners, developed the sea front in Sea Point, among many other speculative ventures. Through the examples of Mrs Ida Peroni's and Antonio Introna's testimony we move away from the historical voice of male petty entrepreneurs to obtain a new insight into the fortunes of the Sicilian fishing community. Wherever possible, attempts have been made to check the information generated by oral testimony by consulting census reports, migration figures, consular and parliamentary reports, books, documents, newspapers and personal correspondence both in South Africa and Italy. Written documentary sources are utilised in relevant chapters. By piecing together this disparate range of source material, the present study shows the dimensions of Italian migrant economic and social experience not simply as generalities but as something to be glimpsed in the uniqueness inherent in every life history. DA - 1989 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1989 T1 - Tapes and testimony : making the local history of Italians in the Western Cape in the first half of the 20th century TI - Tapes and testimony : making the local history of Italians in the Western Cape in the first half of the 20th century UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17177 ER - en_ZA


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