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Re: Zani of Malonno & Lumezzane, north Italy
Posted by: dale piercey (ID *****5055) Date: October 22, 2006 at 03:21:42
In Reply to: Re: Zani of Malonno & Lumezzane, north Italy by Jocelyn Paterson of 19

Hello Jocelyn

Your grandfather was first to emigrate and he urged Tony to come out, as he was certain Europe would be involved in a war. Tony arrived here on the Orsova in 1912. Julia and her husband did not come out until after their mother had died in the late 1920s or early 30s. If you go to the National Archives site - www.naa.gov.au - you may be able to find when and on which boat your grandfather arrived. You can also access your father's service records from the same site.

I was in Lesmurdie last month. What a pity I didn't know you were there.

History in Italy is very scarce. From what I have gathered, Anna Maria Bona and Angelo Zani lived in Lummezzane. She was from a wealthy family and when she married Angelo the family cut her off. The young couple moved to Malonno in the Valtalena Vally because rents were cheap. Angelo senior was killed quite young, when he fell off a mountain path.

I don't know what work Giovanni did in Italy but Tony went to school for only 2 years and spent a number of years working on the tunnel between Italy and Switzerland. I've actually been through it but didn't realise at the time that it was the one where Grandpa worked.

Have you met Anna Nodari? She is a daughter of Julia. The other daughter was Rena.

Tony married Emma and they had 6 children. He then married Emma's half-sister Ada and they had another 6 children. Rather confusing to people outside the marriage, but we all knew who we were and who fitted where!

I'll be in Perth next week. Would love to catch up with you.

cheers

Dale Piercey


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