Mattei family of Australia now on Facebook

Barb Mullen, AustraliaFrom Barb Mullen, Australia

Over the last year and a half I have produced monthly newsletters on the Mattei family in Australia, spanning the years 1850 to 1950 primarily. The newsletters, Mattei Matters, covered the lives and families of the original Alessandro and Catherine Mattei nee Mulcahy and their 12 children. Continue reading

Mattei family: From Rovanna to Gippsland and married life

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When Peter Mattei was about 5 years old, the family fortunes changed for the better. What was to become the family home, ‘Rovanna’ was a house on many acres of land where the family had fruit trees such as apple, pear, plum, peach and cherry trees. The chestnut so important as a food source in Cevio, especially in times of hunger, was also grown here and two trees stand today on the property in Green Hills, near Blackwood. Continue reading

Monighetti’s: Vene, Kath and Kit

barb_mullen2by Barb Mullen, Australia

A story is told of Vene that when he had to stay in Melbourne for a short while, he didn’t want to stay with family in Clifton Hill, a suburb of Melbourne, because it was near the slums of Collingwood. That was Vene, a man persuaded of his self worth. Another story tells of him stopping a tram in between stops, because as he explained, he had an important meeting to attend in the city. Continue reading

Monighetti’s: Meanwhile, back in Victoria

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Meanwhile, back in VictoriaVene Monighetti was a confident, genial and charming man to many, the ideal type to run a hotel. He had a sharp business mind and had spent a good deal of time learning the tricks of the trade from his mother. He was without question, Kit’s favourite, a man on whom she could draw strength. Continue reading

The Monighetti story continues

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The Monighetti family story continues and here we explore aspects of the adult lives of Kit and Carlo Monighetti’s children. Every parent wants their children to have a life that is an improvement on theirs. Continue reading

Monighetti’s: Consolidation years

barb_mullen2By Barb Mullen, Australia

It was in December of 1910, not long after becoming a widow, that Kit was operating what was called a ‘two gallon license business’ at the Dudley Store (we would call it a sly grog shop, an unlicensed place where you could buy alcohol). Dudley is a small township close by Wonthaggi. Kit was called to the Police Court in February 1911, to account for her breach of the licensing laws. The court took sympathy on Kit and returned the liquor to her. Continue reading

Monighetti’s: An enterprising couple

barb_mullen2By Barb Mullen, Australia

Kit’s father would have been proud of his daughter. She had married a Swiss Italian ‘with prospects’ and the wider family were all working together to ensure each other’s prosperity. When he died in 1905, he would have felt he had done his best. Continue reading

Monighetti’s: Kit’s early years

Barb Mullen, AustraliaBy Barb Mullen, Australia

Kit was probably born on 4 September in 1875, at the Band of Hope Mill. Neither her birth certificate or registration of baptism have yet been found and many documents have contradictory information in this regard. Continue reading

The Mattei/Monighetti’s to the end of the line

barb_mullen2The Monighetti’s were the wealthy ones in the Mattei family. How was it that this family succeeded financially while others in the family struggled? There is much to be said for the personal qualities and ambitions that go towards creating an approach to life conducive to creating wealth. There is more to be said for the opportunities available to some, that are not available to others. Continue reading

The 12 Mattei children

barb_mullen2By Barb Mullen, Australia

Alessandro and Catherine who were probably married early Nov 1865, didn’t have too long together before Catherine became pregnant. Their first born Alex was conceived sometime in the winter in 1866. Continue reading