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Keirnan or Pozzi of New Zealand

Query by Helenrca

Leonardo Pozzi went to New Zealand from Australia in 1879. He worked as a gunsmith in Christchurch. He was originally from Italy. His daughter Matilda married John Keirnan (or Kiernan) in 1883. I'm interested in their children as my grandfather is Leonard (possibly Leonard Lambert) Keirnan.

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on 2015-07-18 08:07:53

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by mha on 2015-09-02 21:31:40

Leonardo Pozzi was from Giumaglio, Switzerland and emigrated to Australia with his brothers Alessandro Pozzi and Stefano Pozzi (my great great grandfather). Here is a link to a letter written by Leonardo in 1905 when he was an old man describing his life and mentioning his children: Leonardo's family tree has been traced back to the early 1600s.

by Helenrca on 2015-09-02 22:28:19

thanks so much! Leonardo was rather a prolific letter writer and although the family here seems to have lost the originals we had found copies of most of his letters. this is one that we knew existed, but couldn't find. Thank you!!! There seems to be a gap in the history when they went to New Zealand, and it was that piece of family history I was trying to find.

by hec on 2015-09-09 20:12:26

My great great grandfather and the Pozzi Bros.were cousins, working in the Daylesford area. Check out this excellent account of the Pozzi family,- Bridget Carlson's 1997 doctoral thesis on ''Immigrant Placemaking in Colonial Australia: The Italian Speaking Settlers of Daylesford''. I note that L.Keiran was a cord bearer at Stefano Pozzi's Funeral.

by Helenrca on 2015-09-09 20:55:59

Thanks hec! Where can I read the thesis? Is it online somewhere.

The Pozzi's of Daylesford were once mentioned on a "Who do you think you are?" episode.

by hec on 2015-09-10 00:15:09

Try Bridget Carlson,Victoria University, download 'The Italian -speaking settlers of Daylesford', appears as blank page at first,scroll up to the start of 544 pages.
I did not see the 'Who do you think you are' episode. No Pozzi remain in the Daylesford area but their incredible history lives on. My ancestors lie beside the Pozzi in Giumaglio. Giuseppi was also Leonardo's brother,he operated a waterwheel driven flour mill for many years in the Daylesford area.

by Helenrca on 2015-09-11 22:26:24

A book called "The Swiss in Australia" by Susanne Weymann c1989 was mentioned in that TV program. Pages 46-49 mention Pozzis.

I've found the thesis you mentioned - thanks so much!

by johndean on 2019-07-05 23:56:57

Hi all John Dean here. Stefano Pozzi was also my Great Great Great Grandfather married to Giacomina

GM Marguerite Mary "Rita" Haynes b 1889

GGM Erina Seconda Pozzi b 1872 GGF John T Haynes

GGGM Giacomina Virginia Pedrazzini b 1834 Maggia

GGGGM Margueritta Ricioli b 1800 Maggia, Canton Ticino, Switzerland

GGGGGM Maddalena Stocchi b 1775

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