Stefano Girola was born in Milan and now lives in Brisbane. In 2007, he was awarded a doctorate in Studies in Religion from the University of Queensland for a thesis on 'The policies and attitudes of the Catholic Church with regard to Australia's Indigenous peoples, 1885-1967'. Stefano has published extensively on Church/Indigenous relationships and on the history of Italian migration to Australia. He is an Honorary Fellow at the ACU School of Theology (Brisbane) and has a long experience as a History teacher and lecturer in Italy, Australia and Papua New Guinea. Recipient of the Abbot Placid Spearritt Memorial Scholarship (2012) and of a Western Australian History Foundation grant (2014).