Lino Louis Francisco Gattorna [ otherwise known as Lion Francis Gattorna] landed in Adelaide about 1990 and settled in BroXXXXX XXXXX. He lived there for 15 years, before going south to live in Adelaide.
I thought he originally came from the village of Gattorna, near Genoa in Italy, but he was definitely born in Altona, Hamburg, Germany, in 1870. I suspect his parent came from Gattorna, Italy, and may have been living/working in Germany when he was born.
Before leaving for Australia in 1890, he lived in Breslau, Germany, which is now part of Poland following WW2.
Lio had a sister, Celestina Benede Gattorna, who married a Gatti, and moved to Perth, Western Australia before Lino left for Adelaid.
Hope that helps.
Thank you for that.
I know about Lino's place of birth ( in Germany) from his signed Naturalization Certificate in Adelaide in 1912. He definitely says he is a German citizen at that time.
And I agree, I saw the Elberfeld passenger list, and saw him listing Genoa as his birthplace and that he was Italian- very confusing.
If you can't make any progress on that line, perhaps you can help me find out more about our lost part of Giovanni Gattorna's family. he was the only surviving son of Lino who emigrated.
Giovanni (Jack or John as he was known), had 3 children.
My father, Lino Francis Gattorna, b. 29.09.16, Adelaide;
John Troy Gattorna, b.22/01/1920, Adelaide; and
Mary Emelie Gattorna, b. 13 Jan 1922, Adelaide.
Mary married a John Denison Hislop (1944 or '45), probably in the US. he was a US serviceman, and took Mary back to the US, Connecticut to be exact, and we never caught up. They had 4 children:
John Denison Hislop, the husband, was b. 09/12/1920, and d. 20/01/1992.
I am trying to make contact with their children, who are my first cousins. They were:
John Denison Hislop Jr, b. 27/05/1953;
A twin sister, Janet Emelie Hislop, b. 27/05 /1953, East Lyme Connecticut; she married 30/09/1995 John E Hogan, Old Lyme, New London, CT.
Robert xxxx Hislop, b. 1 /07/1947;
Vivian Grace Hislop, b. 28/05/1950; she married a xxxx Baker by name, and they had 3 children:
Monica xxx baker, b.?
Aiden xxx Baker, b. ??
Edward xxx Baker, b.??
As you can see, the US family did not move very far from Connecticut, so perhaps you can fill in some gaps for me.
I have no contact addresses!!
It looks like Vivian Grace Hislop BAKER, b. 28 May, 1950 in the USA, died 20 Nov 2002, and is buried at Moosup, Wyndham County, Connecticut.
I would really like to get in touch with her 3 surviving children if possible, eg.
Monica xxx BAKER
Aiden XXX BAKER
Edward XXX BAKER.
Pls see what you can find. They will probably still be living in Connecticut.
I managed to make contact with Robert Hislop by phone in the US, and have since written to him. He does not have an email.
Reverting back to my original question above, Lino Louis Francisco Gattorna had a sister, Celeste ( or Celestia), who emigrated to Western Australia before Lino came, probably around 1886 or '87? Indeed, I am told she encouraged him to emigrate.
Celeste married a Gatti, and they had 12 children. You said above that you had a death certificate for her, dated 1926. Could you pls send me that.
If you could trace back from Celeste we can hopefully find out who her parents were [ and therefore Lino's], and where she and Lino came from exactly. You might also be able to get the name of the ship she emigrated on.
Over to you.
Her name was actually Celestina Gatti (nee Gattorna.
She died on 17 May 1926 I think.
Her famil wrote a book as follows:
'A family called gatti: tracing the lives of Luigi and Celestina and their descendants in Australia',
by Murray Gatti and Sophia Gatti, Albany, W.W., 1999.
I would like to know where I could get hold of a copy as it would answer many mysteries I am sure.
Over to you with thanks.
How are you going on my research questions?