Family Stories

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Elisabetta Tana (nee Celenza) Elisabetta was born in Vasto (Chieti Abruzzo Italy) 15 September 1926. Her husband Vincenzo had migrated to Australia arriving in September 1952. He was sponsored by his brother Luigi. She joined her husband with her two children Filippo (born 1948) and Nicola (born 1951) arriving on... Read more »
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Phil (Filippo) Tana was born in Vasto (Chieti Abruzzo Italy) 3 April 1948. His father Vincenzo migrated to Australia on the ship Neptunia in September 1952 On arrival in Australia Vincenzo teamed up with his brother Luigi who had migrated to Western Australia circa 1942 working as a market gardener... Read more »

Francesco Paolo Votinelli (Cutinelli) The poet taylor (Vasto 1891 +1969) By Paolo Calvano He was born 13 October 1891 in a popular family in the area of Saint Maria. His father Domenico, was a communal guard, and his mother Rosalind Giosi, supplemented her husbands meagre stipend producing “guitars for macheroni”… Read more »

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Giuseppe Zaccaria, son of Michele & Maria Rosa Annunziata Canci, was born in Vasto 4 August 1924. After his military service in the Italian Navy he married Maria Antonia Smargiassi 13 June 1949. He then migrated to Australia in 1950 on the ship Surriento, and was joined by his wife... Read more »