London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details


Date of Creation:

1874 - 1999

Reference Code:


Scope and Content:
  • Records of the Unione Ticinese mutual aid society, consisting of Committee minutes 1925-1992; the minutes of the Ladies section from 1939-1955; Joint Entertainment Committee minutes 1951-1952; Advisory group and Cultural Sub-committee minutes 1984-1986; records of membership, including the first membership record 1874; accounts 1926-1966; circulars 1934-1998; correspondence of the president Peter de Maria 1951-1953; publications including "125 years of the Unione Ticinese" and "Continental Taste: Ticines emigrants and their Cafe-Restaurants in Britain 1847-1987"; and photographs dating from 1903.
Extent: 0.80 linear metres
Classification: ASSOCIATIONS
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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Administrative History:
  • The Unione Ticinese was originally founded as a mutual aid society by Ticinesi immigrants mainly form the Alpine valleys of Blenio and Leventina in Switzerland's Italian speaking area of Ticino.

    In June 1939 the Ladies section was formed, and in 1954 these two sections merged, creating the basis of today's continuing society.

    The Unione Ticinese's aims and objectives are:
    * To foster among members of the society and particularly among its younger ones, the spirit of Ticinese character and strengthen the bonds of friendship and fellowship.
    * To promote and encourage social cultural and educational activities of a general nature which embrace common values and traditions of the Ticino and of its neighbouring regions.
    * To encourage the development of youth activities and to enable new arrivals from Italian speaking Switzerland to integrate easily into the English way of life.
    * To maintain close ties with the 'Pro-Ticino' movement, with the 'Organisation of the Swiss Abroad' in Bern and with other Swiss and European organisations whose overall aims are in the interest to the membership of the society.
    * To celebrate each year and in an appropriate manner, the anniversary of the foundation of the organisation.
    * To assist members in case of grave need.
Creator: Unione Ticinese | mutual aid society
Copyright: Depositor
Source of Acquisition:
  • Records deposited in June 2000.
  • B00/066
  • B23/035
Access Restrictions: These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions
Physical Condition: Fit
Arrangement: Material arranged in one series: LMA/4265/01.