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The Family of
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1913 Antonio Altinier was born in Codogne, in the Province of Treviso, Venice.
1930 Tony arrived in Western Australia at the age of 17. His first job was at a market garden in Wanneroo where he worked hard for a number of years.
1934 Tony heard that land was being sold through the Agricultural Bank (now Bankwest) in the area of Pickering Brook, where he purchased a block of land in Bracken Road. The land was still a bush block and worked hard to clear his land, mainly by hand and with a horse. He planted fruit trees as the main produce, but before the crops could bear fruit he planted vegetables.
1939 Tony decided that it was probably time to find a
Regina accepted his proposal and they were
Tony's brother-in-law and Regina's father stood
1940 Regina (Rina), which she preferred, arrived in Western Australia. On arriving at Pickering Brook she found life was hard, but worked tirelessly alongside her husband. Rina's jobs consisted of milking their cow and making butter and cheese. Rina also helped with growing and picking of vegetables. Washing was done at the creek with homemade soap. There was tap water in their house but Rina preferred the creek as she felt that it cleaned the clothes better.
1941 Also saw the arrival of their first son Louis.
1947 The younger son Robert was born six years later.
The photograph to the right, shows the young
1952 Tony sponsored Emilio and Giovanna Fantuz with their children Corrado (Peter) and Angela (Gina) to come to Western Australia to start a new life. The Fantuz family eventually purchased a property in Merrivale Road, Pickering Brook.
Tony loved his game of bocce and Sunday afternoons would find him with other locals in the bushy area on Charlie Della Franca's property playing bocce. Tony's love of bocce transferred to lawn bowls at the local Pickering Brook Sports Club, where he was a champion player.
Rina loved cooking at which she excelled and shared with their family and friends.
1964 Louis married Angela (Gina) Fantuz at Lourdes Monastery, Lesmurdie and they have three children, Sylvia, Danny and Adrian.
Sylvia married Terry Van Froningen and they have two children, Brett and Jodi.
Adrian married Danielle Jenkins and they have four children.
1980 This was a sad year for Gina and Louis with the loss of Gina's mother Giovanna.
1988 Both sides of the Altinier family suffered a loss with the death of Gina's father Emilio and Louis's father Tony. It is ironical that the two men who helped each other many years before, should pass away in the same year.
1997 Rina passed away
To this day, Louis, Robert and Danny still run the original family property in Pickering Brook.
In loving memory of
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