This time line shows important Historical and Contemporary events at New Italy.
1880 July 7th. New Italy settlers leave Barcelona on the Marquis de Rays expedition to New Ireland.
1881 April 8th. Immigrants arrive in Sydney. Sir Henry Parkes allows them to stay in the country.
1882 Rocco Caminotti and Antonio Pezzutti visit SwanBay and select land on the South Woodburn,ChatsworthIsland coach route at the site now known as New Italy.
1883 By the end of this year more than twenty families from the de Rays expedition have taken up land in the New Italy area.
1884 The area is named New Italy after Mr Lang, a member of the Woodburn School Board writes to the Inspector of Education, on behalf of the immigrants, asking for a school to be built.
1885 The first School is opened. The first teacher is a M. Jean Le Cheminant, a frenchman, fluent in Italian.
1887 Antonio Nardi donates a portion of his land at the junction of Forestand Mahogany Roads for the erection of a church.
1890 The Inspector General of Forests, J.E.Brown, with Reginald Champ, visits New Italy with the view to establishing a silk industry. Later that year Champ returns to New Italy to officially establish a silk industry.
1891 The Henry Parkes led NSW Government falls and a request to the incumbent government to purchase a reeling machine, to assist with silk production, at the settlement meets with no response.
1892 The NSW Parliament votes against further sericulture experimentation at New Italy. Despite this Mr Pezzuti and Mr Martinuzzi built their own reeling machine, which was praised by the Director of Agriculture F.S.Campbell when he visited New Italy in November of this year
1893 Production of silk declines at New Italy but a sample of silk is sent to the NSW Government. A fire occurs at New Italy.
1894 Silk produced by Giacomo Piccoli at New Italy wins a gold medal at the Great Chicago Exhibition.
1899 Fred Chudleigh Clifford publishes a book on “The Early Days of New Italy” in which he praises New Italy as a model settlement
1900 Mr Piccoli sends silk to the Government and it is exhibited at the Great Paris Exhibition. Sir Earle Beauchamp visited Woodburn and meets children from the NewItalySchool, he also speaks to Mr Piccoli, who presented him with some raw silk.
1903 The New Italy Progress Association commences meetings.
1906 Mr Piccoli wins a medal for his silk at the Great Milan Exposition.
1907 A new timber church is built on the site of an earlier church, which was damaged in a hailstorm
1909 A Ball is held at New Italy to raise money for the Campbell Hospital at Coraki.
1910 A Public Holiday is declared for the New Italy School for a Sports Demonstration day and a gathering of the Pioneers of the settlement. This event is reported in the Sydney Mail
1917 A major flood is experienced at New Italy
1918 Giacomo Rosolen sells his sawmill on Bungawalbin Creek, and this industry ceases at New Italy.
1931 Jubilee celebrations to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the survivors of the Marquis de Rays expedition in Australia are held at the New Italy School.
1933 The New Italy school is closed as a State school. It briefly becoming a subsidised school.
1936 Giacomo Piccoli establishes a Park of Peace on his property.
1942 New Italy’s sixtieth anniversary celebrations are held at Giacomo Piccoli’s property.
1945 A cyclone blows St Peters Church off its stumps.
1954 Floriano Volpato arrives in Lismore
1955 Death of Mr Giacomo Piccoli, aged 87 years. Reports that an old mud house at New Italy should be preserved.
1961 A Monument to the Italian Pioneers of the New Italy Settlement erected adjacent to thePacific Highway.
1980 Centenary Celebrations of New Italy are held at the Lismore Showground, 8000 people are reported to attend and ABC TV produces a documentary on New Italy for its programme A Big Country.
1983 The New Italy Committee purchase part of the original Antoniolli farm at the intersection of thePacific Highway and the Swan-Bay/New Italy Road.
1984 A new Park of Peace is opened at the New Italy Museum Complex. The first stone is laid by Italian Consul General, Dr Alvise Memmo & Minister for Natural Resources, Mrs Janice Crosio for the project of New Italy Museum Complex
1989 Museum Restaurant and Mud brick house opened by the Italian Consul General, Dr Guido Scalici. Officials from the World Expo 1988 visit the Italian Pavilion and Museum. Italian Government representatives include, Deputy Commissioner, Dr Antonio D’Apice, Commissioners, Dr Luigi Turchi and Dr Roberto Falaschi and Dr Manuela Ghiglia (representing the Italian Consul General)
1990 109th Anniversary of New Italy, Tree planting in the Park of Peace by Valeria Mirisciotti (representing the Consul General)
1991 Monument to Father Miazzi unveiled in the new Park of Peace by Fr Francesco Lovatin of Sydney, Fr Lorenzo Scremin of Rome and Bishop of Lismore, Dr John Satterthwaite
1992 Gurrigai Aboriginal Arts Centre opened at the Museum complex by Bundjalung Elder Mrs Eileen Morgan. Unveiling of the Monument to the Pioneers of New Italyby Italian Consul General, Dr Fabio De Nardis
1993 Opening of the Italian Pavilion by the Governor General of Australia, Mr Bill Hayden.
1994 The former New Italy School and Residence site is established as a Crown Reserve Trust for public use. Delegation from Italy visit New Italy including, Bishop of the Italian city Treviso, Monsignor Paolo Magnini, Fr Camillo Toso and Bishop of Lismore, Dr John Satterthwaite
1996 Opening of the Community Hall at the Museum complex, with Italian artists from South Australia (Piccolo Teatro Co.) featuring the play “Festa di Nozze” aka “The Wedding Feast”
1997 The New Italy Museum complex wins a “Cultural Tourism Award for NSW”. Presented by Minister for Tourism, Mr Brian Langton and special guests, The Hon. Brian Pezzutti (MLC), Alitalia Airlines CEO Mr Chris Hanks, Italian Consul General, Dr Francesco Catania and the Italian Ambassador toAustralia, Dr Marcello Spatafora. Visit from the council of Italian city Cassino. Guests include, Dr F. Petrocone (mayor of Cassino) and Sil Gava (representing the mayor of Casino, NSW)
1998 Australia Day celebrations with Australia Day Ambassador, Bernard King
1999 118th Anniversary of New Italy. Italian Ambassador, Dr Giovanni Castellanetta presented the medal “Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiano” (conferred by the Italian Government) to Dr Floriano Volpato. Guests include, Dr Francesco Catania (Italian Consul General), The Hon. Brian Pezzutti (MLC), Mayor of Lismore, Bob Gates, The Hon. Thomas George (MLA), The Hon. Ian Causley (MP), Mayor of Richmond Valley Council, Mr Col Sullivan and The Hon. Harry Woods (MP)
2000 A special memorial mass and dedication of the Italian Pavilion to the memory of Floriano Volpato is held at the community hall. Australia Day celebrations with Australiaday ambassador, Mr Lex Marinos
2001 Australia Day Celebrations are held at New Italy to remember 120 years since the arrival of the immigrants, and 100 years of Federation and thereby acknowledging the role played by Sir Henry Parkes in the history of the New Italy Settlement.
2002 New Italy Museum Complex is listed with the NSW Heritage office as an item of State Heritage Significance
2004 New Italy Museum website official launch on Descendants day in April
(Sources: Clifford, 1889; New Italy Museum Committee Files, 1985 – 2001; Northern StarNugent, pers. comm., 2002; Marsh & Wise, 1881; Pryor, 1986; Richmond River Herald, 1931; Sydney Mail, 1910; The Sydney Morning Herald, 1881; Thompson, 1980; Tinker, 1988; Volpato F., pers. comm., 2001- 2002.).