Serendipity and good forensic work helped us discover, in 2015, that the Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra was founded in June 1957. We also discovered that the first committee was made up of eminent ANU academics and cultured people, with only one Italian among its members. This was Architetto Enrico Taglietti who had only been in Australia for a short while and who agreed to be the Society’s first Secretary. Incidentally, Taglietti went on to design the Italian Embassy and the Ambassador’s residence.
We are planning a special celebration to mark this event in the month of June. Precise details will be made available at a later date.
We are also working on a booklet that sets out the Society’s history.