Nicole CamaProfessional historian
I’m a professional historian who specialises in social and public history, and heritage research. I have worked on numerous history projects for the City of Sydney, Dictionary of Sydney, IP Australia and more.
What I do
Investigate and collate historical sources on a particular topic, individual, place or time.
The Ultimo Roll of Honour
Several years ago, in a small attic of the former Ultimo Presbyterian Church, a handyman stumbled across a three-panelled wooden World War I honour board. Its gold lettering still glistened in the shadows with the names of men long gone, almost a century after the board’s creation.
While there are many stories about the movement of the honour roll that remain unknown, the stories behind the 36 names on the board are a poignant insight into the lives of the men who enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and the effects of the war on the Ultimo community.
From Calabria with love
On 25 1953, Teresina Caccamo donned her wedding dress and made her way to the local church in Taurianova in Calabria, Italy. She proceeded up the aisle, but it wasn’t her fiancé who greeted her at the altar.
As the wedding bells chimed and the celebrations commenced, across the other side of the world the real groom was working in Australia’s largest foundry in Sydney. All it took was a photograph for Giovanni Cama to decide he wanted to marry Teresina. This is their story.