Italian Prisoner of War story comes full circle

Benedetta Parasmo and her partner Leo Garcia presenting her father's POW story to Historical Society President Ray Walsh.
Benedetta Parasmo and her partner Leo Garcia presenting her father's POW story to Historical Society President Ray Walsh.

In early April, Benedetta Parasmo visited the Cowra and District Historical Society seeking information about her father, Cosmo Parasmo.

Cosmo Parasmo was an Italian Prisoner of War (POW) (1941-1946) who was interned at Cowra POW Camp.

Assisted by information from the Historical Society, Benedetta was able to obtain information from the War Memorial in Canberra.

Photos and service records from the War Memorial together with a story in Cosmo's own words are now in a folder that Benedetta has proudly presented to the Historical Society.

Cosmo, the POW, was repatriated to Italy in December 1946 after working on many farms in Cowra, Canowindra, Hay and Orange.

He migrated to Australia in 1951 and died at Fairy Meadow in 1999 aged 79.

"I loved this country called Australia for its opportunity and freedom," Cosmo said.

Benedetta said, "Thank you dad for giving your children and grandchildren the best opportunity in life".