Swiss Italians of Australia are Italian-speaking Swiss that settled in Australia during the 1850s and 1860s. The Swiss Italians settled in the area around Daylesford, Victoria; the Swiss settlers were from the southern part of Graubünden. The influence of Swiss Italians in Australia, Italian-speaking Swiss from the cantons of Ticino and Grison and northern Italians, is still present in the township of Hepburn Springs through the names of its residents, the names of its springs and buildings, the annual Swiss-Italian Festa; the heart of the Italian-speaking community was the area around the Savoia Hotel and the Macaroni Factory. The Savoia is named after the royal family of unified Italy. An Italian reading library was located at the hotel and pasta was made opposite in Lucini's Macaroni Factory, home to the Democratic Club. Lucini's moved from Lonsdale Street, Melbourne in 1865, where they had set up as the first pasta factory in Australia in 1864. Vanzetta's bakery supplied bread to the community and Crippa and the Gervasoni's produced wine.
In 2007, the Melbourne Immigration Museum featured a display entitled Wine Water and Stone reflecting the Swiss and Italian heritage of the area. The Swiss Italians loved sport and music, their influence on local culture is celebrated annually during the Swiss Italian Festa. Swiss Italians of Australia have made their mark in spheres of art, literature, sport, education and engineering. A local delicacy is bullboar, a sausage made from beef, pork and spices. Local families jealously guard their recipes. In 2005 Daylesford Secondary College came in second place in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Young Gourmets by making bullboars from the Gervasoni and Sartori recipes, which gained much media attention over the fate of Charlotte the pig, with little concern for the steer involved; the bullboar has been named an endangered recipe by the Slow Food Movement. Elvizia Homestead Yandoit Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve Former Macaroni Factory Hepburn Springs Parma House Hepburn Springs Swimming Pool Hepburn Springs Former Carlo Gervasoni Homestead Yandoit Creek Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm located in Shepherds Flat, Victoria was a dairy farm set up by Aquilino Tinetti in the 1860s.
He married Maria Virgilia Martina Capriroli and had 13 children. The dairy farm ran from 1860 until about 1975; the property and its historic buildings was purchased by Carol White in the late 80s. The buildings were restored and the property was given a new lease of life as a lavender farm and European-style gardens. Besides being a working farm, the property now boasts a number of attractions including guided tours of the original stone farmhouse and a history room; the Swiss Italian Festa was first held in 1993. The Festa is an annual event to celebrate the history and lifestyle legacy to Hepburn Springs of its Swiss and Italian settlers; the theme of the Festa is supported by the community to acknowledge our history, celebrate our lifestyle and to nurture our cultural heritage for tomorrow. Ron Barassi – Melbourne premiership player in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964. There is a bronze bust of Catani at the foot of Schefferle's memorial clock tower on the St. Kilda Esplanade. Robert de Castella – Long-distance runner, 1983 World Marathon Champion, 1982 and 1986 Commonwealth Games Marathon Champion Jack Gervasoni – Australian Rules Footballer Captain Coach.
In 1987 a syndicate was set up to protect traditional mechanical cuckoo clock making in the Black Forest region. The "Verein die Schwarzwalduhr" issues authenticity certification to members of the association. Verein die Schwarzwalduhr means "The Black Forest Clock Association". If a Black Forest clockmaker desires, they can obtain accreditation from the syndicate. Certification from the association is awarded only to mechanical clocks made of wood, with all essential parts produced in the Black Forest and that meet quality controls set by the association; the members of the association represent around 90% of all producers of Black Forest Clocks, the majority of the world's mechanical cuckoo clock manufacture. Clocks made by a company registered with the association are entitled to display the seal on their products. In 2006 the association's seal was awarded a protection of trade mark by the German trade mark office and can therefore bear the ® symbol. VDS claim that over 300,000 clocks with the seal have been sold in the last few years, the majority of which to customers in North America..
This acts as a useful way to date a clock bearing the seal, as any seal with the ® symbol must be post 2006. German cuckoo clock manufacturers registered with VDS certification produce battery powered quartz movement cuckoo clocks; these clocks require less servicing for the end user. However, quartz or solar movement clocks made by these same manufacturers cannot bear the VDS seal though their mechanical movement models do display the seal; every year the VDS awards the "cuckoo clock of the year" to one of the members of the association. The award has been running since 2001; the "cuckoo clock of the year" award has been granted 13 times with August Schwer, a family-run clockmaker business located in Schoenwalk, winning the most out of all with a total of five times. Black Forest Clock Association website VdS promotional video on the cuckoo clocks made in the Black Forest