Mr. J. S. (Spencer) SpinazePrint Page
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|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1882|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||October-2007|
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