- St Fiacres on Catherine and Prospect
Streets. The Capuchins
provided new arrivals with welfare, spiritual and language support, as well as
advice on housing, employment and government systems. This included purchasing
properties along Catherine Street for families to rent.
- Norton Street. With the decline in strip shopping
along Parramatta Road, Norton Street became the commercial and social heart of
the local community. At a time when Italian cuisine wasn’t well established in
Sydney, second generation migrants began restaurants serving Italian-inspired
cuisine based on traditions passed down the family. Not-for-profit
organisations supporting the Italian community, such as Co.As.It and the
Italian Association of Assistance, were established on the street. In 1993 the
former Leichhardt Council announced a competition to preserve the Italian
character of Norton Street. Today, the Italian Festa and Italian Film Festival
at Palace Cinemas continue this legacy.
- Italian Forum. Opening in 1999, the forum has shaped
the built environment of the block and was a hive for businesses.
- Ramsay Street is the main road through Haberfield boasting a range of businesses. From fresh produce, restaurants, cafes and patisseries, Italian flavours are bountiful.
Pasticceria Papa. Opening in Haberfield in 1999, this family-run business focuses on fresh ingredients and traditional Italian flavours, making it an institution for locals and Sydney siders.
- Haberfield is currently listed on the Local Environmental Plan as a Heritage Conservation Area. The Haberfield Association recently submitted a petition for this to be upgraded to the State or National register to reflect the national significance of the area’s character.
- Inner West Council Libraries and Local History Service
- Gianfranco Cresciani (2008) Sydney Journal, sourced from
- Gianfranco Cresciani (2008). Dictionary of Sydney: Italians, sourced from https://dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/italians
- Ichsanna SR Widhyastuti, 'Perceived Ethniehub: suburban land development and migrants' place-making'. Sourced from http://localnotes.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/CorrectOpolis.doc
How do I drop a pin on the map?
1. Click on the plus sign tab and select a pin from the list
2. Drag and drop the pin onto a location that you think represents the heart of Little Italy
3. When you drop a pin on the map and leave your comment, a short survey will open. You can provide us with as much information as you would like, the questions are not mandatory.
You can drop multiple pins.
Why did Council only engage on the name ‘Little Italy’?
After undertaking initial research, it became clear that the term Little Italy has been used by historians and the media to refer to the contributions of the Italian migrant community in Leichhardt. In contemporary platforms, such as blogs, Haberfield has been referred to as the New Little Italy. This name has stuck over time and we wanted to ask the community how they feel about it. You can use the comments to share your thoughts and propose alternatives. Please refer to the Geographical Names Board Precinct Naming Guidelines when proposing alternatives, as they limit what we can consider.
How will the final decision be made?
Your feedback, advice from the Italian Consulate and other information, such as guidelines from the Geographical Names Board will inform the recommendation that Council staff put to the elected Council.
Once a decision is made, a proposal needs to be submitted to the GNB before it can be finalised. They will undertake their own consultation. We anticipate a final decision can be formalised by mid 2020.
What sites are of local significance show our relationship to Italo-Australians?
Historians also note icons such as the Cafe Sport, the Bar Italia, Mezzapica, La Rustica, La Bomboniera etc as essential to the heritage of Leichhardt and its role as a place with Italian connections.
Why is Council naming places after migrant groups?
We love the Inner West for its diversity and creativity. Over many
years, migrant communities have made significant contributions to our social,
cultural and economic wellbeing, as well as defining the built environment. As
our community identity grows and changes, we want to formally acknowledge these
contributions and embed them in our history.
Will an Aboriginal name be considered?
Council would like to acknowledge the Gadigal and Wangal peoples, who are the original custodians of the land now referred to as Leichhardt and Haberfield. Council has applied bi-lingual naming conventions to the names given to our five wards. We will continue to consider this approach and undertake the necessary consultation process with Aboriginal community leaders before progressing.
Who was Leichhardt originally named after?
Council is not proposing to rename Leichhardt. We are seeking to identify an appropriate precinct within Leichhardt and Haberfield to celebrate the contribution and relationship with Italo-Australians. However, the naming of Leichhardt is an interesting story.
According to Ichsanna SR Widhyastuti,'In the early days, Leichhardt was commonly known as “Piperstown’ or ‘Piperston’ after one of the larger tracts of land granted to Captain John Piper, a migrant from Britain (Leichhardt Municipal Council 2001). In 1840 the area was called Petersham. In 1847Beames bought the land grant from the Piperston estate and in 1849 a prominent Sydney British businessman bought it. He named the area ‘Leichhardt Township’. It was named in honour of a Prussian born naturalist, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, who went exploring in the northern Queensland in 1848 and was never seen again.’
Sourced from 'Perceived Ethniehub: suburban land development and migrants' place-making'.
What sources have Council used to inform this project?
Council staff have referred to several sources on local history to inform this content, including: