AnswerID: 449368 Submitted: Sunday, Mar 27, 2011 at 14:49
I know a great story about Italian POWs.
One Italian POW named Rick Pisatoro was interned ( I assume ) at Holsworthy and assigned to help local farmers .
Rick was a personable bloke and became good friends with a farmer, and ( as he told me) they used to go to the local pub etc and he was treated very well.
After the war Rick immigrated from Italy to Australia
and went to live with the farmer who employed him, and inherited the farm as the farmer had no descendents.
I met Rick about 10-12 years ago when as an Austrade representative, I took some Chinese to visit his farm to inspect the Square Meater cattle he redeveloped. The Chinese loved Rick and he soon had them drunk on grappa.
Regards Philip A
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FollowupID: 721822 Submitted:
Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 00:46
Member - Tony S (WA) posted:
Grappa !!! Drunk ? more like paraletic. Quarter of a glass was enough to curl your toes. [Being polite]
What a brew.
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FollowupID: 721824 Submitted:
Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 00:59
I've known Rick for about 35 years, he was at the forefront of cattle breeding during the European invasion of breeds back in the late 60's and early 70's.
He introduced the Italian breed Chinanina to Oz with long long legs.
Back at that time he developed the "Mandalong Special" at the farm at Hawksbury. Back in the 70's and 80's when we used to show our South Devon cattle we would often be next to one another at the various Royal Shows.
He also had a beautiful farm between Molong
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