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  • John O'Grady is definitely not the name of an Italian immigrant. The book is fiction, and has a very pro-assimilation agenda.

    Went to school [] with his nephew (you guessed it - John O'Grady). It was written as a joke. As you may guess O'Grady was Irish by descent. I happen to have the book in my bookshelf somewhere. I reckon the best lines in the book was a recipe to cook a steak using sump oil.

    I think the books credited author was by Nino Cullota. For those skippy fans [] the film [], "They are a weird mob" also starred Ed Devereaux [] who recently passed away, Chips Rafferty [] (starred with Peter Finch in Rats of Tobruk), John Mellion [] (Wally from Walkabout creek and the voice over for Vic Bitter []... Green can!) and comic Graham Kennedy []. It also pokes fun a Australians where Joe (Ed D.) tells Nino to slow down and pace himself (hes digging ditches way to fast)when he gets a job on a housing construction site. I remember seeing the film ohh maybe 20 years ago.

    As for the Italians being wogs [] or dagos (as my grandmother used to say) thats pretty much a hangover from Italy choosing to side with Hitler []. These days they have pretty much proven themselves as capable and worthy immigrants and Australia would be a pretty bland country without their inclusion.

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