The New Italy Story fascinates me, here's what I put on the dexter forum about it.
New Italy has a very interesting history... it's on the Northcoast just down the Pacific Highway from Woodburn.
As the story goes (Lynda correct my story I'm sure to get some wrong) a Count about 100 years ago or more, convinced these families in Italy to take a boat trip to a promised land. They all boarded and off they set, he of course took all their money. Then he dumped them in New Guinea (I think) where many died.
They were rescued and brought to Australia and they all ended up getting jobs and living all over the place, but kept in touch. Then they decided to look for a place they could all live 'New Italy'.
And they found it on the Northcoast. New Italy has a small museum with the story and this year they celebrated Australia Day there. Have some good italian food as well. It's worth the turn off the highway before you reach Woodburn to have a meal and browse.