Magnificent Obsession. "From the Mountains to the Bush: Italian Migrants Write Home From Australia, 1860-1962" by John Lack (ed), assisted by Gioconda di Lorenzo [review]
The glory of this fine book is Templeton’s own eloquent voice — lucid, assured, compassionate. Templeton is deeply informed across all the manifold layers of her story. She has a sensitive capacity to understand and interpret the voices of the generations of migrants, whose lives and experience might so easily have been rendered null and void by neglect, indifference, the loss of vital records or the lack of someone prepared to break new ground.