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Molinara Social and Sports Club sash

1950-01-01/2007-01-14

Migration Museum

Migration Museum
Adelaide, Australia

A yellow nylon sash with ' Molinara Social and Sports Club' printed in brown script. The sash has a cream silk fringe.
Part of a collection of objects donated by the Molinara Social and Sports Club, which was founded in Adelaide Part of a collection of objects donated by the Molinara Social and Sports Club, which was founded in Adelaide in 1971. Most immigrants from Molinara in southern Italy arrived in South Australia during the postwar boom period of the 1950s and ’60s. They came in search of better opportunities, with father or son usually arriving first, to be followed later by wife and children. Many incurred debts to pay for their passages because they were not offered the same level of assistance as British immigrants. Most hoped to return to Molinara after they had made some money. But when relatives immigrated too, and families and friends were reunited here, there seemed little point in returning, except for visits. Instead, the Molinaresi made a home away from home in Adelaide. They re-created the religious and festive traditions associated with Molinara’s patron saint, San Rocco, and they built the Molinara Social and Sports Club as their gathering place.

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  • Title: Molinara Social and Sports Club sash
  • Date Created: 1950-01-01/2007-01-14
  • Provenance: Molinara Social and Sports Club sash. This item was loaned to the museum by the Molinara Social and Sports Club for display in an exhibition. When the exhibition ended the items were donated to the museum. San Rocco, or St Roch, lived during the 14th century and became known for healing many sufferers from the plague. The people of Molinara probably adopted him as their patron saint when their village was devastated by the disease in 1656. Today, San Rocco has devoted followers in many parts of Europe. In Adelaide there are two celebrations to honour the saint. The major feast day is for San Rocco Protettore (the Protector) on the second Sunday in January. The other is for San Rocco Poverello (in Poverty) on the last Sunday in May.
  • Subject Keywords: Sport
  • Rights: History Trust of South Australia, CC-0, photographer: Amy Dale, History Trust of South Australia

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