The History of the WA Italian Club Perth
The WA Italian Club is one of Perth's most respected function venues, continuing to provide outstanding service and superb club activities for all the Italian community residing in Perth.
The atmosphere has encapsulated the essence of Italian culture and continues to welcome all Australians through it's doors. The Grande Ballroom provides a sophisticated ambiance for all to enjoy whilst celebrating your special occasion.
It all began in 1934 when a group of Italian migrants established the “Casa d'Italia” to meet the social needs of the existing community. Opening as the first Italian cultural community centre, membership is as any other community club where members play billiards, cards, darts, bridge, bingo and drink Australian beer. It is also a social and cultural meeting place for balls, dances and meeting friends.
It's history is a long and proud one, which is reflected by it's successful history as an Italian icon in this state's history. On 28th of October, 1937 the official building of the Casa d'Italia was opened on Fitzgerald Street, Perth and remains the home of the club today. At the outbreak of the Second World War, the Casa d'Italia remained closed and its future remained uncertain. With the cessation of international hostilities the Casa d'Italia promptly resumed its activities in 1946 and in 1947 its registered name was altered as “WA Italian Club Incorporated”.
Under sound leadership the Club was soon registered as licensed premises in 1950 and the Club expanded in leaps and bounds. These were the visionaries that embarked on extensions and allowed the club to cater for a growing membership and the function requirements of the future. Gaining around seven thousand members in 1969 the Club soon became an important icon for supporting migration policy and migrant legislation. Further to this by opening it's doors to all Australians, the Club fostered the foundations of mutual respect, friendship and co-operation that was an integral part of the move to multiculturalism in the state by working hard to foster relationships between all communities.
The Club has always been the instrument through which the Italian community has expressed its solidarity with the wider Australian community and opened its heart by fundraising for the victims of national disasters from the Queensland floods to victims of cyclones and even annual support of Telethon and Appealathon fundraising initiatives in Perth. Continuing to provide excellence in service to the community as a whole and to its members, is the vision of the club.
Today the WA Italian Club is one of Perth's most respected and outstanding function venues, catering for all your party requirements.
Our on-hand master chefs and efficient silver service staff will work hard to meet all your catering requirements and deliver the best service in town. So why not leave all the hard work in the capable hands of the team at The WA Italian Club to cater for all your function needs.
The WA Italian Club will aim to meet your specific function requirements, coordinate your function and make it an exceptional occasion for all.