Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

New Italy Hosts Carnevale Italiano

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

New Italy Hosts Carnevale Italiano

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AN INGENIOUS wheeled machine designed by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci is a special highlight of this Sunday's New Italy Carnevale Italiano.

It was built from the original plans in 1988 for the Brisbane World Expo but fell into disrepair.

Thankfully, the New Italy Museum has funded its restoration and encased it in glass.

"We call it the world's first Ferrari," joked museum president John Barnes.

"It's just a remarkable thing - he was 500 years ahead of his time."

Admiring Renaissance brilliance is just one element of the Carnevale Italiano, the annual celebration of the survivors of the ill-fated Marquis de Rays expedition, which landed in Sydney in 1881.

The voyage started with 340 poor Italians - Victorian-era boat people - who bought their emigration passage to a promised land of abundance from a French nobleman, the Marquis de Rays, but ended up on a leaky boat bound for a remote part of modern-day Papua New Guinea. …

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