Photograph 7495335
The Tasmanian Hydro Electric Commission employs 1150 migrant workers among its construction force of 2000 men. Since WWII, the Commission has engaged some 5000 migrant workers to help in a programme of power development in the Central Tasmanian Plateau and Derwent River System. This programme has increased generating capacity from 221000 to nearly 700000 hp. in nine stations. Italian migrant Mario Cerasani from Bendetto Dei Marsi, Aquila, drills a hole for a blasting charge on the site of a new dam



This is my father.  My two brothers, Sergio and Mauro, and I are very proud that this photo of our dad working on the Tasmania Hydro Electric Scheme has been captured in the National Archives of Australia collection, "Sharing our Post-War Migrant Stories".  For us it means that our father's contribution to Australia's development will be recognised for ever.  Il nostro pappa' (Our dad) was born in San Benedetto dei Marsi in the Abbruzzo region of Italy in 1930.  Like many post-war Italian migrants he travelled to Australia by ship in search of work to better his life and that of his family back in Italy.  Our dad arrived in Australia in 1956.  Upon arriving in Australia he gained work on the Tasmanian Hydro Electric Scheme followed by the Snow Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme.  He then found seasonal work in Far North Queensland cutting sugar cane before finding longer term employment at the steelworks at Port Kembla, near Wollongong on the NSW south coast.  In 1962 he married our mother, Loreta, and had me in 1963 followed by Sergio (1965) and Mauro (1968).  He settled with his family in Wollongong until his passing in 1997 at the age of 67.  He is buried at the Shellharbour Public Cemetry, near Wollongong.  Our father, a great Australian.

Giulio Cerasani

Mon, 24/06/2013 - 13:31

Copies of official documents relating to our father's entry to Australia and subsequent employment with the Tasmanian Hydro Electric Scheme can also be found in this National Archives collection.

Giulio Cerasani

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 09:32

Hi Giulio,

Thank you so much for your comments.

We are currently working on an exhibition called 'A Ticket to Paradise? Lives and Experiences of Australia's post World War II migrants' showcasing stories of people who migrated to Australia during the post war period. We would love to hear more about your family, nfor possible inclusion in the exhibition or perhaps here on the website.

Could you contact us at

Thanks so much

Rhonda (NAA)


Tue, 09/07/2013 - 09:36

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A12111, 1/1958/16/117
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