The WA Italian Club is iconic. In the 1930s, our Club was the first to be entirely owned by Italian immigrants and their families. Our mission is to deliver benefits to our Members, foster goodwill in our community and continue to be “Inspired By Tradition”.
The Club’s journey began in 1934. A group of Italian migrants established the Casa d’Italia to meet the social needs of the existing community. It was first Italian cultural community centre in Perth. Members came together to play billiards, cards, darts, bridge, bingo and to drink Australian beer. The Club was an important social and cultural venue – it was a place for meeting with friends, for attending balls and dances.
On 28 October 1937, the Casa d’Italia official building opened on Fitzgerald Street, Perth. It remains the home of the Club today. With the start of the Second World War, the Casa d’Italia was closed and its future was uncertain. With the cessation of international hostilities, the Casa d’Italia promptly resumed its activities. In 1947, the Club changed its registered name to the “WA Italian Club Incorporated”.
In 1950, the Club was registered as a licensed premise. It expanded in leaps and bounds. Our Founders were visionaries and embarked upon extensions that allowed the Club to cater for a growing membership base.By 1969, the Club had seven thousand members and threw its strong support behind migration policy and migrant legislation. By opening its doors to all Australians, the Club fostered the mutual respect, friendship and co-operation that are integral parts of multiculturalism.
Our Committee benefits from the involvement of people with various backgrounds and experiences. Their commitment to the Club ensures all our Members continue to have a home away from home at our premises.
President: Mrs Chiara Scaffidi
Treasurer: Mrs Carla Bertelli
Secretary: Mrs Sue Marocchi
Mrs. Luciana Cavazzi, Mrs Christine Madaschi
Mrs Ines Miotti, Mrs Tana Pasqualotto
Ms M Tagliaferri