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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Ralph" Angelo Raffaele IACOBUCCI

Born C.1896 in Boiano, Campobasso, Italy [2] [4: 13-Feb-1932]
Son of Giovanni IACOBUCCI and Filomena DE CHRISTOFORO [15] [243]
During the First World War he served with the Engineers of the Italian Army [86: 29-Oct-1932]
He worked as a Gunsmith prior to immigrating to Western Australia at the age of 31 years [338]
Departed from Naples, Italy on the steamship Caprera and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 6 February 1927 [63]
Purchased from the Government Gov Lot 11 in the Carnamah townsite for £12 in Geraldton on 11 July 1928 [81: 22-Jul-1928]
Tinsmith, Builder and Plumber in Carnamah 1931-1969 [3] [6] [19]
Resided at 6 Railway Avenue in Carnamah (Gov Lot 11), where he built half a house [P99]
He built the front half of his house, however it went straight down at the back, and remained as such for years until he finished it [P99]
Initially worked for his uncle "Joe" Guiseppe LAURELLA, who resided with him in Railway Avenue, Carnamah [P92]
In 1932, while living in Carnamah, he applied for naturalisation [4: 13-Feb-1932]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
In 1932 he quoted £2/10/- to repair the cover, base and overflow pipe of the 1000-gallon water tank at the Carnamah State School [283]
Assisted the Carnamah Golf Club with the creation of their new golf course at Centenary Park in Carnamah in 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
Travelled from Carnamah to Perth on Saturday 13 January 1934 for his first holiday in four years [5: 19-Jan-1934]
     After a few months absence he returned to Carnamah on Monday 23 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Won 1st prize for Carnations exhibited in the Flower section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 6 September 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Attended the Reunion Dinner of the North Midlands Zone of the R.S.L. at Yandanooka on 20 October 1934 [86: 25-Oct-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1934 [5: 12-Oct-1934]
Later on during the depression he went looking for gold at Rothsay near Perenjori [P99]
He was a Prospector in Fields Find in 1936 and 1937 [50]
In 1937 he was mining alone at the old Alma Mine out of Fields Find [88]
     His uncle Joe reported to the Carnamah Police Station on 17 September 1937 that he hadn't heard from him in eight weeks [88]
     His uncle stated it was unusual not to have heard from him for so long, and he was afraid he had been injured [88]
In 1942 he obtained 6¼ fine ounces of gold from 44 tons from P.A. 2303 at Warriedar near Yalgoo [482: 17-Apr-1943]
He'd returned to Carnamah by 1949 and was working locally as a Plumber [50]
He had a workshop and windmill two blocks from the Telecom building on Railway Avenue in Carnamah [P165]
Worked for a number of years for Carnamah builder and contractor Charles J. DALLIMORE [P92]
     He did all of the plumbing for the houses that his employer built and also for the houses he pulled down and re-erected [P7]
     Also worked making tanks for Charles J. DALLIMORE [P7]
     Sent a floral tribute for the gave of his co-worker Neil MOORHEAD at the Winchester Cemetery on 4 October 1945 [5: 12-Oct-1945]
He was among those who attended the Dinner & Smoke Social for ex-serviceman held in Carnamah on 27 April 1946 [5: 10-May-1946]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1946-1958 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club 1946-1948 [5: 27-Sep-1946, 21-Mar-1947, 17-Jun-1948]
Said to have always referred to money as "King George" whose face appeared on coins [P99]
It was said that his son and wife decided to come out and join him and arrived in Carnamah much to his surprise [P92]
     His son, known as John, arrived in Carnamah in 1951 and his wife Rosa arrived a few months later in 1952
He had Box 36 at the Post Office at 12 Macpherson Street in Carnamah [338]
Received electricity at his home from local firm Henry Parkin & Son; in 1952 he paid a flat monthly rate of 15/- for his electricity [53]
Member of Carnamah Bowling Club in 1964 [4: 24-Apr-1964]
He was described as a "jack of all trades" who could fix almost anything [P7]
Resided in Carnamah until his death in 1969 [2]
Father of John, Carmelina and Nicolina [45] [P165]
Died 18 August 1969; buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Roman Catholic, ZF, 46) [2]
His surname was often spelled locally as TACOBUCCI [4] and also as JACOBUCCI and YACOBUCCI [5: 14-Sep-1934] [86: 29-Oct-1932]

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 15 December 1951:
Welcome Party at Carnamah
"At the invitation of Mr Ralph Tacobucci, of Carnamah, and with the object of extending a welcome to his son (Mr John Tacobucci), a number of friends of the former gentleman assembled at the home of Mr and Mrs E. K. Wells at Carnamah on Saturday night last to participate in a social programme and barbecue. It is perhaps interesting to note that the host has not seen his family since leaving Italy twenty-five years ago, and after the recent arrival of his son in Australia he is hopeful of making a complete re-union when his wife joins him within the next two or three months. During the course of the evening the secretary of the Carnamah Road Board (Mr A. C. Bierman) proposed a toast of welcome to Mr John Tacobucci, to whom he intimated that his father had for many years been held in very high esteem by many residents of the district. He also expressed thanks to Mrs Wells for an excellent supper and the use of her home for the function, and the guest of honour suitably acknowledged the welcome and expressed thanks to his father for having arranged such a happy and pleasant function."

From The Geraldton Guardian newspaper, Wednesday 20 August 1969:
"Well-known Carnamah identity Ralph Tacobucci died in the North Midlands District Hospital, Three springs, early last Monday. Mr Tacobucci was Carnamah’s only plumber until a few years ago when he retired. He was an active member of the bowling club and followed the local football club avidly. Mrs Tacobucci is moving to Perth to be with her family for a while."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Angelo Raffaele Iacobucci' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 June 2024 from [reference list]

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