The Gigliotti family - Maria's story


Maria's life

April 29, 1900 - 1982

Born in Teglio, Italy.

Marto and Mary Pellacchi emigrate


Maria's parents.
Mary's maiden name: Donico
The couple emigrated with Maria's siblings Martin, Martha and Agnes.

Maria and Cesare Pighetti emigrate

September 15, 1927

Maria and her husband Cesare Pighetti emigrate to Australia on the ship Regina D'Italia with their two children Licia and Carla. Maria was pregnant with Mary.

Mary Pighetti

May 10, 1928 - 1976

Mary died of cancer at age 48.

Pia Gigliotti's birth

April 14, 1929

Giocondo Gigliotti's birth

August 7, 1930

Married Margaret La Fontaine at St Michaels,Tallangatta, on April 4, 1959.

Vittoria Gigliotti's birth

July 30, 1935

Gippsland fires - Rowleys all burnt on their farm

January 13, 1939

All five family members perished on their Tanjil Bren farm - Agnes and William and their three children John, 4, Benjamin, 2, and Mary, six months.

World War II

September 1, 1939 - August 14, 1945

Family moves to Tallangatta Valley


Albert Kleinarman's death



Luigi's life

August 22, 1901 - November 29, 1989

Born in Decollatura, Italy, to Felice Gigliotti and Maria Marasco.
Died in Mooroopna, the same year as his wife back in Italy, Angelina Scalzo.
Luigi's funeral was held at St Mels Christ The King Catholic Church in Shepparton on Saturday, December 2. He was buried at the Shepparton cemetery.

Luigi and Angelina's wedding


Angelina, daughter of Guiseppe Antonio Scalza.
Together, the couple had Marietta, Vincenza and Felice. Vincenza later moved to Australia.

Luigi emigrates to Australia

May 12, 1927 - May 25, 1927

On the ship Palermo, left from Naples, arrived at Victoria Dock

Luigi's internment

June 12, 1940 - May 1943

Held at Murchison, Tatura, Orange, Hay, Liverpool, Wayville.
Luigi was released from Loveday to Wayville Detention on 24/5/1927, pending release.



Luigi became an Australian citizen in 1946.

Luigi invested as a Member of the British Empire

September 1967

Luigi was invested as a Member of the British Empire in September 1967, awarded the honour of Queen Elizabeth for "valuable and untiring service to Italian migrants". He received this award at Government House, Melbourne.