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The Bellomarinos were considered a ‘very good family group’ by their interviewing immigration officer. They were seen to have positive prospects for settling and ‘assimilating’ in Australia. Even their appearance was marked as ‘v. good’ by the selection officer who interviewed the family in Rome.

Renzo, an experienced fitter had good employment prospects and the family were well-suited to represent the 250,000 Italians who by then had moved to Australia since the end of World War II. A second son, Frank was born in Melbourne.

The population of Italian-born migrants in Australia peaked nearly 10 years after the Bellomarinos arrived. In 1971, 290,000 people living in Australia were listed as having been born in Italy.

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