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A plaque commemorates the vision and leadership shown by Mr. Spinaze in establishing New Italy as a permanent memorial to the Italian survivors of the disasterous Marquis de Rays expedition who settled in the area in 1882. 

In April and May 1980 the ABC filmed the New Italy story through re-enactments and interviews for its Big Country series. In August of that year the centenary celebrations were held at the Lismore showground with over 8,000 people being in attendance. The New Italy Centenary Committee continued to function after the main celebrations at Lismore were over and organised several get-togethers at the New Italy Monument.  In 1983, 5.7 hectares of land was purchased next to the Monument and the committee decided to build a Museum complex and plant a new Park of Peace.

In 1984 the Italian Consul General Dr Alvise Memmo laid the first stone at the entrance to the proposed new Park of Peace and planted a tree, continuing Mr Giacomo Piccoli’s tradition. Mr Spencer Spinaze MBE, who was President of the New Italy Centenary Committee at the time of the 100-year celebrations, received a Knighthood in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in recognition of his contribution to the Italian Pioneers. 


Address:Pacific Highway, New Italy Museum, New Italy, 2472
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.153333
Long: 153.298056
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1882


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:October-2007
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This Plaque Acknowledges The Vision And Leadership
Provided By New Italy Descendent Mr. J. S. (Spencer) Spinaze
In Establishing This Centre As A Permanent Memorial To
The Italian Survivors Of The Disastrous
Marquis de Rays Expedition, Who Settled Here In 1882

                                                                October 2007

Source: MA
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