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The Sydney branch was founded in 1988 with the aim of bringing together people of Ligurian origin and background, and to help them to keep in touch with all things Ligurian. Since its inception, our Association has been very active in maintaining cultural ties with Liguria.

Here are some highlights of important projects that have fostered and maintained close links with our Region:

When, in 1991, the University of Genoa conducted a study on the Ligurian migrants in Australia, the Association was a major source of data for the research. This research was published in 1993 under the title “Dal Golfo Al Mondo”.

In 1992 the Christopher Columbus Exhibition was brought to Sydney to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. The exhibition was circulated widely in Sydney’s public schools and libraries.

In 1996 the Association, together with the Italian Institute of Culture of Sydney, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Eugenio Montale, the Genoa-born poet and 1975 Nobel Prize winner (literature).
Click here to read his biography.

Among other initiatives, the Association administered also for several years the scholarships organised by “Regione Liguria” and the University of Genoa for students of Ligurian background. This saw students travelling to Santa Margherita Ligure where, for five weeks, they studied the Italian language and culture in the land where their parents and grandparents were born.

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Villa Durazzo - S. Margherita Ligure