Mattei family: From Rovanna to Gippsland and married life

Barb Mullen, Australiaby Barb Mullen, Australia

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

Barb Mullenby Barb Mullen, Australia

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

barb_mullen2by Barb Mullen, Australia

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: 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

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