Exercise book containing handwritten English language exercises by Giuseppe Tesoriero while he was detained as an enemy alien from 1943 to 1945. It also includes 'practice' letters, one which suggests he may have wanted to return to Sicily after the War, and the other expressing his happiness at being reunited with his family in Melbourne, dated 11 July 1945. His descriptions of life in Hobart and Melbourne suggest that Joe preferred an urban life. The exercise book includes English and Italian grammatical excercises and some practice letters in English.

Joe Tesoriero was born in 1925 in Sicily, Italy. In 1937, Joe migrated to Australia with his brother Sam, joining their father who had previously migrated to Melbourne around 1926. They worked in fruit shops around Melbourne and were reunited with their mother and sister in Melbourne after the war had ended. In 1943, Joe and Sam were detained as enemy aliens as were many Italians during World War II. They were sent to cut wood, first in East Gippsland and then at Butler's Gorge in Tasmania. After the War the brothers returned to their fruit shop business, with Sam and his wife returning to Sicily in 1965. Joe purchased the family business in Chapel Street, but retired in 1970 to care for his elderly mother.

Physical Description

Exercise book (back cover missing) filled with handwritten notes.


Statement of Historical Significance:
This collection represents the important theme of internment and restriction of 'enemy aliens' during World War II. It complements other material in the Museum's collection relating to German and Italian internment such as the Karl Muffler German pastry chef and internee collection.

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