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Italians in Ingham and Innisfail in World War II: Selective and Not Mass Internment?

Ilma Martinuzzi O'Brien


During World War II, a quarter of all the Italians interned in Australia came from the two towns of Ingham and Innisfail in North Queensland. About half of all internments of Italian-born persons in Australia came from Queensland. Although the Italian-born populations of Victoria and Queensland were approximately the same size, Queensland interned roughly 15 times as many people of Italian origin as did Victoria. In this article I will consider some of the factors behind these disproportionate internments in Queensland and explore their impacts on the communities involved.

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ISSN (Print): 0816-5432.
ISSN (Electronic): 2200-8942.