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If you google LACCO and BOATS, you should get an idea of the Lacco family fame in this regard. In "On the Road to Rosebud", Peter Wilson said that Fortios Lakonis was born in Kranidion, Greece in about 1855,arrived in Melbourne in about 1865 aboard the "Wimmera" and was naturalised in 1901. The family's surname was anglicised to Lacco by the time that F.Lacco was granted crown allotment 20 in the Rosebud Fishing Village on 16-10-1872. Being one of the first purchasers in the village, it is likely that Lacco had been occupying the block for some time as a fisherman. Whether it was Fort Lacco or his father (with the same initial) is unclear; Fort would have been only about 17 in 1872.
The wooden boat builder website says that Fort's son, Mitchell, was descended from lighthouse-keepers but does not specify whether that was on the paternal side, the maternal or both. The death notices of Fort LACCO'S wife,Elizabeth, on page 1 of The Argus of 7-8-1934 (accessed through the TROVE website produced by the National Library of Australia)confirms information from both the Durham and Lacco families; the first that Elizabeth's maiden name was King and the second that there was a link between the Laccos and Durhams.Emily Durham was Forti's sister in law.
The Durham family occupied lot 20 (the Lacco grant) from 1900 till at least 1949, after A.C.Wheeler had apparently leased it from Lacco in 1898-9 and then from Mrs Durham of 1 Gipps St, Balaclava in 1899-1900.
The first death notice was obviously inserted by the Lacco family and lists all the children and grandchildren. The second was probably inserted by her sister Emily (Durham). Emily Durham(nee King) had married a Greek fisherman, whose name is not properly known yet. He was the father of Emily's son, Tony, whose death notice lists his descendants, including Judith Mavis Cock, who propelled an Australian singing group to international fame.
Back to the lighthouse-keeping link. I have googled Lighthouse and Lacco with no result. There was an article about lighthouse-Keeper, A.F.King, whose 8 year old son, Wilfred, drowned at Table Cape in Tasmania (The Argus 21-3-1902 page 5.) He could have been Elizabeth and Emily's uncle but Elizabeth's death notice mentions a brother,William, who was deceased, not Wilfred.
The wooden boat website says that Mitch or Mitchie Lacco was born at McCrae in 1883. This could have been because Forti Lacco or Elizabeth and Emily's father (Mr King) was/were stationed at what was called the Dromana lighthouse in those days. It could also be because the Head Lighthouse Keeper was acting as the postmaster and registrar and the birth was REGISTERED there.While examining rate records to find the name of Mrs Durham's first husband, I noticed that the Laccos were not assessed, which could indicate that they were at a lighthouse somewhere and leasing lot 20 to a fisherman OR THAT THE RATE COLLECTOR WAS SLACK.
The reference to a lighthouse keeper ancestry could have been a mistake. Forti's grand daughter and Mitchell's daughter, Edna, married a descendant of the famous Dunk family, a lighthouse keeping dynasty.(Google Dunk and Lighthouse and you'll see!)Dunk Island was named after Frank Dunk while Queensland's coast was being surveyed.
Forti Lacco was Judith Durham's great great uncle!

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on 2011-09-09 23:29:17

Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.

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by itellya on 2011-09-12 12:53:44

The claim about Dunk Island being named after Frank Dunk, which was in a Queenscliff newspaper at the time of his retirement (or death?)does not seem to have been correct. The Dunk Island wikipedia entry says that it was named by Captain Cook after Halifax (who adopted the Dunk name;probably to gain a fortune.)He had been Lord of the Admiralty at about that time.

by estevard on 2012-02-11 03:01:11

It is indeed interesting that two English sisters, Elizabeth and Emily KING, should both marry Greek fishermen. While the Lakonis-Lacco identity seems pretty well established, about all that can be said so far about Emily's first husband is that his surname started with "P".

The Australia Birth, Death and Marriage indexes seem to be prone to transcription errors but they offer a faint clue or two.

The (ancestry .com) Australia Birth Index records an Antony Demetre Pannucca, father Antoner Demetr Pannucca, mother Emily King, being born in Dromana in 1883.

The (ancestry .com) Australia Marriage Index records Francis William Durham marrying Emily Punweto in 1887.

The (ancestry .com) Australia Death Index entry for Tony Durham shows his full name as Anthony Demetria Durham, his father as Ponnucca Demetria and his mother as Emily King.

The Argus for 17 June 1950 carries the following death notice:

DURHAM-- On June 15, at Melbourne, Emily (late of Rosebud), mother of Tony Paniocta, loved mother of Richard (deceased) and Joseph Durham.

It was probably a wise move by Judith Mavis COCK to stick with a step-family name, however Judy Punweto does have a certain je ne sais quoi.

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