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To be sent from employment as a women's hairdresser to the hurlyburly at Westfield required both mental and physical readjustment, said Mr. S. C. Clarke, when appearing in the Magistrate's Court to-day on behalf of a young Italian, Mario Dell Isola, who was charged with absenting himself from employment and failing to comply with a subsequent direction. "This young man is an alien Italian," said Mr. Kronfeld, district manpower officer's representative. Isola arrived in New Zealand on October 8, 1940, and in December last was directed to work at Westfield. His attendance was not good, and defendant was fined three days' pay for persistent absenteeism. He unsuccessfully appealed against refusal to terminate his employment, stating that he desired to resume employment with his aunt as a hairdresser. Defendant was absent from work for two days in February, two days in March and six days in April. Later he was directed to a rubber factory, but did not comply with the direction. When seen by an inspector of the Department he went to work that day. Mr. Clarke said defendant was an Italian by birth, and came to New Zealand to join an aunt. While awaiting a ship for the Dominion in Australia the Italians entered the war, and Isola was interned for four or five months before being allowed by the New Zealand Government to come here on license. He had been very unhappy at Westfield. After warning Isola, the magistrate convicted and discharged him on each charge.

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SENT TO WESTFIELD, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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SENT TO WESTFIELD Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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