From Calabria to the mountains and water

Pat Bono has made the successful migrant journey from Italy to Mansfield

AT HOME: Pat in front of some of the beautiful stained glass at his beloved Alzburg Resort. PHOTO by Wendy Hunt

IN most people’s minds, the names “Pat Bono” and “Alzburg” are synonymous.

However, there is much more in the life story of Pat Bono than just his association with the old convent in Malcolm Street.

Pasquale Bono was born in the Italian town of Bianco in Calabria 62 years ago.

“Things were very tough in post war Italy, with very little work available,” Pat explained.

“Migration to South America, Canada, the USA and Australia almost became the norm, and my family chose Melbourne.”

Australia was calling out for workers at the time, and migrants flooded to Australia to work on huge infrastructure programs like the Snowy Electricity Scheme.

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