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The construction of the Morwell Power Station and other large industrial projects attracted many Italians in search of jobs, mostly single men or men with families who came with the objective of saving enough to bring out the rest of the family. They decided the Latrobe Valley was a good place to raise a family and in 1960, a small group of Italians and Australians established an association. A team of trustees came together and the way was paved towards an Italian Social Club.
The first assembly of the Italian community of the Latrobe Valley was held on the 4th November, 1960 at the Morwell RSL Hall. Some 400 people attended the meeting chaired by Armando Pistrin and a motion to form an Italian Australian Social Club was passed. Luigi Sola, who had inspired the establishment of the club was elected first President.
Although the idea of the Club was conceived in Traralgon, it made sense to set up headquarters in Morwell. This was due to it being more central location and the larger Italians population. Land was purchased and a transported shed was the first club house. The Club grew rapidly as a social and sporting facility, and a soccer team was entered in the Latrobe Valley Soccer League. Two years later, the name changed to “Falcons” with both organisations still working together as “Sister” clubs.
The Italian Australian Club today is a multi-purpose social, sporting & cultural complex, catering for everyone. The Club today epitomises Australia’s multiculturalism and has embraced all members of the community. The success of which can be seen in the diversity of membership. The Club today is all that its founders would have dreamed it to be.
Meet your Directors. The Board is here to serve you. If you’ve got a suggestion, simply drop them a line, or stop them when you see them in the club. Behind the scenes, working hard to make your club even better, are the members of the Committee. When you see them in the club, say hello and if you have a suggestion, feel free to send an email.