OF THE MONTH
||There can scarcely be an Italian in all Australia
who does not know the name Lena Gustin either as a journalist,
broadcaster or social worker. Her long-establsned 2CH radio
programme "Arrivederci Roma" has a large, regular and increasing
Mrs. (Gustin was born in Bergamo near Milan, and before migrating to
Australia with her husband Dino in ' 1956, had peen a teacher. She
holds a Teaching Diploma and has a language degree in Spanish from
Alter only six months in Australia she started a column in La Fiamma
which dealt specifically with the problems of migrants. Such was the
response that the column was eventually expanded to three pages and
was to continue for a decade. During this early period Mrs. Gustin
taught Italian and French at the Ashfieid Evening College while by
day she worked as a waitress for 18 months - her only means of
Prior to her long-term engagement with 2CH she broadcast "The
Italian Hour" for 2SM where she concentrated on 'in depth'
interviews with migrants who were facing serious social problems.
She also edited Settegiorni, an Italian newspaper for a year.
In 1967 the Italian Government awarded Mrs. Gustin the Croce di
Cavaliere for her dedicated work with migrants. The following year
she was again honoured by H.M. The Queen when she received an M.B.E.
Mrs. Gustin is the only woman in Australia to hold both honours.
The Gustins have a daughter, Rosalba, 26, an advertising executive
and honours graduate, and a son, Roberto, 25, an engineering student
who interrupted his studies to compile the first city map of Bankok.
Mrs. Gustin is President of "Sorella Radio", Vice-President of
CO.AS.IT. and a past President of A.N.F.E.