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Last updated 2010

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
         wife and so wrote a letter with photos to a girl
         he had known in his village, Regina Codognotto.

         Regina accepted his proposal and they were
         married by proxy in 1939.

         Tony's brother-in-law and Regina's father stood
         as proxies. They renewed their vows on Rina's
         arriving in Western Australia.


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
         family. Louis with his mother Rina, young Robert
         and their father Tony.


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.


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