In March, 1949, Leonardo Manassero, then 19, arrived in Australia as a migrant from Campagna, in the province of Alessandria, north Italy. He was 250 pounds sterling in debt to his uncle, who had advanced him his fare to Australia. Leo went to work as a sugarcane cutter at Cairns, north Queensland. He quickly saved enough to repay his uncle. Then he kept on working and saving. Today he owns a half share in a 35,000 pounds sterling cane farm and has brought his elderly parents from Italy to share the comfortable farm house. Leo Manassero's parents, who have joined him on the farm near Cairns, they are Mr Peter Manassero and Mrs Teresa Manassero from Camagna, north Italy
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