Alison, from Australia
My grandmother’s father was Battista Pedroia or something similar-maybe Pedrojo as he himself signed. He came to Australia from Prato in Switzerland via Dieppe with his brother Pasquale on the Lucie in 1855 in his early 20’s. How might I go about getting a record of his birth? His parents are named in the shipping record as Guissepi and Maria Hornie. He settled at Guildford near Castlemaine Victoria, Australia. Any help would be wonderful as I had not known he existed until a few months ago. My grandmother had been made a ward of state in 1875 and his wife, her mother and he had separated by then. There had been one older child Elizabeth, a second Katherine who was accidently smothered by the mother at 1 month of age. Then there was a son George and my grand mother, another Catherine, who was born in December 1869. Though marriage dates (1862/3) are given on the birth records for the children, I can find no marriage record or any death certificate for Batti sta or Catherine Young, his wife. Hoping someone can help.