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Bob Dimattina & Antonio Bongiorno Acland St St Kilda c.1920s

Aeolian Fruiterers

It is right to say that the Aeolian Immigrants had an affinity with the fruit and vegetable industry in Australia.

The agricultural knowledge that Aeolian migrants possessed obviously played a major role in the choice of occupation once in Australia.  Fruit and vegetables were things that Aeolians knew much about.  A small fruit and vegetable business seemed a desirable occupation which, while demanding hard work and long hours, provided a good livelihood and much-wanted independence for the newly-arrived migrants.

This trend of entering into the vegetable retailing industry set by the earliest Aeolian migrants was followed by most of the later arrivals, who were mostly sponsored by well-established Aeolians. These newcomers, who worked and trained under their ‘paesani’ or older relatives, were able to perceive the various benefits of owning one’s own fruit shop business, and so many went on to open up one of their own.  Thus they propagated and eventually dominated the fruit and vegetable retailing industry.

However, during the 1980s, the various supermarket chains squeezed out many fruiterers from their suburban strip shopping centres, and today most of the formidable Aeolian fruiterers who set up their own businesses in the 1950s and 1960s have gone into retirement.

Some Aeolian names synonymous with Melbourne’s Fruit & Vegetable industry include Pino Narduzzo, Tesoriero & Luca Bros., Marino Casamento, the Biviano and Scaffidi Brothers, Attilio Peluso, Tullio Scaffidi, the Tarantos, Mario Russo and the Rando family, Bob Natoli, Bob & Lyn Giuliano, Cincotta, Costa, Giuseppe Mandile and family, the De Luca and Mecca families plus F. Dimattina & Co. which still operates today after 80 years, as Dimattina Provedoring, and many more.

There is no doubt that Aeolians have contributed to the Australian community with their efforts and sense of achievement in establishing themselves in a new country where everything seemed so different from the islands where they hailed from.

Auburn Sydney Russo Galletta
Russo & Galletta Auburn, Sydney c.1930
Bob Dimattina & Antonio Bongiorno Acland St St Kilda c.1920s
Bob Dimattina & Antonio Bongiorno Acland St St Kilda c.1920s
Gaetano Russo Fruit Shop
Gaetano Russo Fruit Shop

Please Note: Information about the below fruit shops has been supplied by family members. If there should be any corrections, please contact us at the form below.

  • 57 Sydney Rd Brunswick

    57 Sydney Rd Brunswick

    Bobby( Bartolomeo also Robert John Taranto 1939 to 1998) and Maria Taranto (nee Rocca)
    1950s
    Bob Taranto was know as the fruitologist. Literally born premature in a fruit shop when the weight of carrying the bar of the shop shutters induced an early labour at 479 Sydney Rd Coburg.
    His parents Rafeale Taranto and Nancy (nee Lopes) were there since the mid 1920s to the late 1950s when the government forcibly acquired the property to house the Coburg post office. After that they moved to 57 Sydney Rd Brunswick.
    In late 1966 Bobby married and soon after took over the family business.
    Relocated to 479 Sydney Rd Brunswick until Dec 24 1997.
  • 226 Johnston Street Abbotsford - The Abbotsford Excelsior

    226 Johnston Street Abbotsford - The Abbotsford Excelsior

    Antonino & Tilda Ziino
    1924-1946 Circa
    In photo: Antonino Ziino (27 Sept 1893 - 15 May 1976) Marianna (Mary) - daughter (15 Aug 1920 - 12 Apr 1986) Francesco (Frank) - son (14 Jul 1924 - 6Sept 1988) Domenico (Nin) - son (22 Oct 1927) - still living.
  • 187 Union Rd, Ascot Vale

    187 Union Rd, Ascot Vale

    Giovanni and Nunziata Martello
    1950's to 1970's
    Giovanni would wake up early to go to the Victoria Market to get his supplies for the day.
  • Waverley Rd, Malvern East

    Waverley Rd, Malvern East

    Tom Mollica
  • 237 High Street Northcote

    237 High Street Northcote

    M. Casamento
  • 20 Glenferrie Road Malvern

    20 Glenferrie Road Malvern

    Giovanni Alaimo
  • 162 Spir Road Mosman, NSW

    162 Spir Road Mosman, NSW

    Giovanni Favaloro & Son Giuseppe Favaloro
    1934 to 1976
    In 1944 Giovanni's son, Giuseppe Favaloro took over and ran the fruitshop until 1976.
  • 366A Military Road Cremorne, NSW

    366A Military Road Cremorne, NSW

    Giovanni (Jack) & Angela Favaloro
    1953 to 1972
    Giovanni Favaloro also run a fruit shop at 162 Spir Rd Mosman NSW from circa 1934 to 1944 when his son Giuseppe Favaloro took it over and ran it until 1976.
  • 457 Elizabeth Street West Melbourne

    457 Elizabeth Street West Melbourne

    Giuseppe Cara
    1914 – 1925

    From 1903-1904 Giuseppe and Harry Carra were selling fruit and flowers from barrows on Princes Bridge.
    In 1927 Guiseppe moved to 115 Swan Street Richmond and became a Wine Merchant.
  • 87 Chapel Street Windsor

    87 Chapel Street Windsor

    Francesca Biviano
    Years Currently Unknown
  • 51 Chapel Street Windsor

    51 Chapel Street Windsor

    Joe and Rosina Cincotta
    1950s and 1960s
  • 95 High St Westgarth

    95 High St Westgarth

    A.Biviano
    1928
  • 59 High Street Westgarth

    59 High Street Westgarth

    G. Mollica
    1926 to 1936
  • 693 High Street Thornbury

    693 High Street Thornbury

    Cincotta Brothers
    1926 to 1933
  • 399 Chapel Street, South Yarra

    399 Chapel Street, South Yarra

    Giuseppe & Maria Lagreca & son Bob La Greca
    1910 to 1954
  • Wimmera Café Stawell

    Wimmera Café Stawell

    Charie Strangio & Vincenzo Pinzone
    1924-1933
  • Main Sreet Stawell

    Main Sreet Stawell

    Charlie Strangio & Vincenzo Pinzoner
    Abt 1917
  • 115 Swan Street Richmond

    115 Swan Street Richmond

    Giuseppe Cara
    1927

    Between 1903- 1904 Giuseppe and Harry Carra were selling fruit and flowers from barrows on Princes Bridge.

    In 1927 Guiseppe moved to 115 Swan st Richmond and became a Wine Merchant. His father Gaetano also established a business in Melbourne.

    His brother Felix Carra was a fruiterer in Horsham before moving to Melbourne to become a wine merchant. His brothers Lorenzo and Harry were publicans and wine merchants.
  • 244 Broadway Reservoir

    244 Broadway Reservoir

    Felice and Leonilda Natoli
    1960s to 1970
  • 31 Bay Sreet Port Melbourne

    31 Bay Sreet Port Melbourne

    Giuseppe and Maria Villanti
    1936 to 1956
  • 608 Main Sreet Mordialloc

    608 Main Sreet Mordialloc

    Giacomo and Edna Jean Martello
    1929 till 1953

    Giacomo would drive his fruit truck to Vic Market several times a week and put long hours in without a break.
  • 6 Puckle Sreett Moonee Ponds

    6 Puckle Sreett Moonee Ponds

    Frank and Rosalia Mollica
    1934 to 1958
  • 301 Waverley Road Malvern East

    301 Waverley Road Malvern East

    Vince and Melba Portelli
    1950s to mid 1960s
  • 22 Armstrong Street Middle Park

    22 Armstrong Street Middle Park

    Tony and Mary Mandile
    1949 to 1961
  • 267 Brunswick Sreet Fitzroy

    267 Brunswick Sreet Fitzroy

    Bartolo and Bartolina Palamara
    1920s
  • 300 Station St Fairfield North

    300 Station St Fairfield North

    Bartolo and Giuseppina Natoli
    1958 to 1977
  • 149 Glenhuntly Road Elsternwick

    149 Glenhuntly Road Elsternwick

    Antonio & Angelina Casamento and Frank Casamento
  • Silverdale Road Eaglemont

    Silverdale Road Eaglemont

    Frank and Popi Natoli
    1960s to 1970s
  • 128 Johnston Street Collingwood

    128 Johnston Street Collingwood

    Frank and Maria Cincotta
    1934 to 1936
  • 454 Sydney Road Coburg

    454 Sydney Road Coburg

    Angelo and Nunziata Ferlazzo
    1920s until unknown
  • 356 Queens Pde Clifton Hill

    356 Queens Pde Clifton Hill

    Angelo Palmisano and Maria Famularo
    1920s to 1950s

    In 1919 Angelo & Maria purchased the business from Giuseppina and Antonio Casamento after they moved to the fruiterer shop at 356 Queens Parade, Clifton Hills.
  • 276 Queens Parade Clifton Hill

    276 Queens Parade Clifton Hill

    Bartolo and Santina Ferlazzo
    1930s and 1940s
  • 587 Sydney Road Brunswick

    587 Sydney Road Brunswick

    Angelo & Caterina Russo
    1920 to 1940

    Angelo Russo at the age of 9 sold flowers at the corner of Flinders & Swanston Streets. At 18 years old, he operated the fruit stall in the laneway behind Young and Jackson then later in 1920 purchased a shop at 587 Sydney Rd Brunswick Angelo Russo's grandson Peter Russo Solicitors operates at 150 Sydney Rd Brunswick today.
  • 616 Hampton Street East Brighton

    616 Hampton Street East Brighton

    Tony and Rosa Devola
    1950 to 1990

    Son Anthony took over the business
  • 194 Bridport Street Albert Park

    194 Bridport Street Albert Park

    Giovanni (John) Materazzo & Beryl (Fraser)
    1935-1953 <br In 1925 when John first arrived in Australia at the age of 14 he worked at the Victoria Market. From 1935 to 1953, (for 18 Years) John and his wife Beryl owned a Fruit Shop at 194 Bridport Street Albert Park.
  • 781 Hampton Street Brighton

    781 Hampton Street Brighton

    Bartolo and Bartolina Palamara
    1948 to 1960
  • 356 Bay Street North Brighton

    356 Bay Street North Brighton

    Frank and Maria Cincotta
    1937 to 1957
  • 970 Whitehorse Road Box Hill

    970 Whitehorse Road Box Hill

    Giuseppe (Joe) Russo & Josephine Russo
    1947-1959

    Workers/Boarders -Micheal Palma, Antonio Castellano, Bob Castellano, John Taranto

    In 1959 Joe & his brother Giovanni Russo (Jack) opened another fruit shop in the new Box Hill arcade. They continued to trade here till 1967. Josephine Russo (Jack’s wife) also worked here along with other part-time female staff.
  • 601 Station Street Box Hill

    601 Station Street Box Hill

    Antonio Ferlazzo
    1950's

    Antonio Ferlazzo had three fruit shops. He then married Felicia Natoli and they rented a fruit shop in New Market, then Mont Albert. In the early 1950's they purchased a fruit shop.
  • 250 Carlisle Street Balaclava - Tesoriero & Luca Brothers

    250 Carlisle Street Balaclava - Tesoriero & Luca Brothers

    Michele De Luca & Giuseppe Luca
    1915- 2015

    The original fruit shop was established in 1915. Vincenzo & Caterina Tesoriero's business would operate in the heart of Carlisle Street Balaclava for 70 years.
    Due to Vincenzo's poor health, his children and their husbands would take over and the business was renamed TESORIERO & LUCA BROS.

    Nearly all the grandchildren worked there at some stage and a number of Aeolians worked with the family. Three generations of family members ran the business until it was sold on February 15th, 2015.
  • 905 Sturt Street Ballarat

    905 Sturt Street Ballarat

    Antonino Casamento & Giuseppina Palmisano then Angelo Palmisano and Maria Famularo
    1910-1918, 1919-1960
    Opposite the Ballarat Base Hospital.

    Originally Giuseppina Palmisano and her husband Antonino Casamento owned the fruiterer business from 1910 to 1918.

    In 1914 Angelo Palmisano (Giuseppina’s brother) and Maria Famularo moved from Colac to help them run the business.

    In 1919 Angelo Palmisano and Maria Famularo purchased the business from Giuseppina and Antonio Casamento after they moved to the fruiterer shop at 356 Queens Parade, Clifton Hills.

    In 1960 the 905 Sturt Street fruiterer shop was sold to R. Ritchie, along with all the other shops in the complex, which was then demolished for his supermarket.

    Information given my Lyn (Palmer [Palmisano]) Sands. (Granddaughter of Angelo Palmisano)

    Image- 1938. The Palmisano Family outside the 905 Sturt St fruiterer shop. L-R: Rosina, Grandmother (Maria Palmisano), Mary, and Angelo (my dad). Absent: Kate and Tony. Grandfather Angelo Palmisano left his family in 1933.
  • 102 Bridge Street Ballarat

    102 Bridge Street Ballarat

    Frank and Jack Re
    1940s -1970s

  • 129 Dundas Place Albert Park

    129 Dundas Place Albert Park

    Giuseppe and Elvira Palamara
    1950’s

    Established the first Milk Bar with Italian deli and mixed business.
  • 99 Dundas Place Albert Park

    99 Dundas Place Albert Park

    Giuseppe and Elvira Palamara
    1950’s
  • 95 The Avenue Albert Park

    95 The Avenue Albert Park

    Giuseppe (Jack) Mandile
    1937 to 1962
  • Barkley Street Ararat - Bon Ton Café then Town Hall Cafe

    Barkley Street Ararat - Bon Ton Café then Town Hall Cafe

    Joe & Tom Pinzone
    1935-
  • Barkley Street Ararat - Plaza Café then Pinzone Bros Cafe

    Barkley Street Ararat - Plaza Café then Pinzone Bros Cafe

    Vincenzo Pinzone
    1935-
  • 352 Flinders Street Melbourne

    352 Flinders Street Melbourne

    Giuseppe and Harry Carra
    1903- 1904

    They were selling fruit and flowers from barrows on Princes Bridge.
  • 597 High Street Northcote

    597 High Street Northcote

    G. Lo Piccolo
    1926 to 1950
  • 495 High Street Northcote

    495 High Street Northcote

    Phil and Lina LoRicco
    1950s and 1960s
  • 263 High Street Northcote

    263 High Street Northcote

    Bartolo and Giuseppina Natoli
    1925 to 1955
  • 527 Chapel Street Prahran

    527 Chapel Street Prahran

    Giuseppe Carra
    1914 - 1925
  • 267 Brunswick Street Fitzroy

    267 Brunswick Street Fitzroy

    Bartolo and Bartolina Palamara
    1920s
  • 601 Station Street Box Hill

    601 Station Street Box Hill

    Antonio Ferlazzo
    1950's

    Antonio Ferlazzo had three fruit shops. When he first arrived in Melbourne from Vulcano, he worked in his brother's fruit shop. He then married Felicia (nee Natoli born in Lipari) and they rented a fruit shop in New Market, then Mont Albert. In the early 1950's they purchased a fruit shop they were renting at 601 Station Street Box Hill.
  • 135 Victoria Avenue Albert Park

    135 Victoria Avenue Albert Park

    Tony & Giuseppe (Jack) Mandile
    1950's

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