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(en) Australia, Boris Franteschini The devoted anarchist (gr, it) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 11 Sep 2018 08:28:59 +0300


Boris was one of those active Italian Melbourne anarchists. --- His dedication and enthusiasm for anarchism were elements he preserved until the last hours of his life. --- Boris Franteschini was born in 1914 in the USA by a family of Italian anarchist immigrants. --- At the age of 7 he returned to Italy with his family. --- In 1927, due to the increasing repression in Italy by the fascist regime, the family migrated to Australia and settled in Melbourne. --- He worked for some time on his father's farm in the outpost of Melbourne suburb Narre Warren and later as a woodcutter, beethez (or bricklayer as mentioned elsewhere) and lastly as a marble man. --- In the 1930s and 1940s, Boris actively participated in a large anarchist group of Italian exiles and immigrants in Melbourne. --- This group intervened mainly within the Italian community, publishing a newspaper and taking part in the anti-fascist activity. --- It also provided financial and other assistance to anarchists from abroad, mainly Italy and Spain.

With the death of the older members of the group, Boris became the man-reporting of the whole movement after the Second World War.

In the period 1950-1965 there was a strong Italian anarchist group in Melbourne, under the name of the Italian Anarchist Movement (Italian Anarchist Movement). about 30 people, most of whom were anarchists who had migrated to Australia. But, unfortunately, this group was involved in a relative isolation since it was active only within the great Italian community and not in the general Australian society. They spoke very little English, while, on the other hand, there was no such anarchist movement in Australia, except for individual cases, and the third generation Italian-Australians were not interested in anarchism.

The group called monthly assemblies. They were raising money to boost the anarchist press in Italy. In their most active phase, they collected thousands of dollars that sent them to the anarchist movement in Italy to better propagate anarchist ideas. Various anarchists from abroad were assisted, especially refugees from the Franconian Spain. Even to those who came to Australia showed their solidarity, with the offer of friendship and direction in that country.

However, since 1965 the group has begun to decline in number of members. Some of her members died, others settled in other parts of Australia or returned to Italy. With Boris Franteschini's death, only four members remained from the team, Amendu Ceccaroni, Jack Farrello, Raphaele Turco and Bruno Vannini. (the last survivor was Bruno Vannini who died in the 1990s in Melbourne).

Although this group had relations and contacts with Spanish and Bulgarian anarchists and in Australia and abroad, just a few years ago it gained some contact with the Australian anarchist movement and this was achieved in 1985-1986, with the organization of celebrations and events for the 100 years of anarchism in Australia, which took place in late April to early May 1986 in Melbourne. On May 3, 1986, Boris Francescini, despite his serious health condition, took part in the events and spoke about the Melbourne Italian anarchists and their story.

On May 3, 1986 and despite his illness, Boris Franteschini participated in the events he was pleased about and renewed his old contacts. Through these contacts, the 60-year-old presence and activity of the Italian anarchists in Australia became known and the linguistic gap bridged.

Italian anarchist Boris Franteschini died on 26 August 1986 from cancer.

Today, we still remember Boris Franteschini as a generous and brilliant anarchist, full of energy and enthusiasm for our common struggle, which kept the flame of anarchism lit for several decades in an environment often hostile to such ideas.

* This text was written by S. Russell (with thanks to Joe Toscano and Bruno Vannini for the information) and was published in issue 7 (31), October 1986, of the Sydney anarcho-syndicalist journal «Rebel Worker». Greek translation "neither god nor master" 10/6/9/2007
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