Italian miners and the second-generation 'Britishers' at Kalgoorlie, Australia

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Pascoe, Robert and Bertola, Patrick (1985) Italian miners and the second-generation 'Britishers' at Kalgoorlie, Australia. Social History, 10 (1). pp. 9-35. ISSN 0022-4529


This article studies the 1934 Kalgoorlie riot in Western Australia by placing the event in the wider social context of the period. The immediate cause of the riot was the killing of a local sports hero by an Italian barman. The rioters were descendants of English colonists and the object of their violence were the people of Southern European descent. They burned Southern European business. The government of Wester Australia acted in such a way that for the Southern Europeans they think it was biased against them. Most of the people in Kalgoorlie works in mines. The mining sector was entangled with the social unrest.

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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords riots, Western Australia, mineral industries, breach of the peace
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