Jan 28 2018

Quick Update

I’ve just had a major move/declutter of my desk (I lost my office to one of the kids) and in the process I found an old email dating from 2011 from Tony Piscioneri that I had in my to do pile (don’t laugh).  Anyway, Tony had provided some more information about a photo uploaded in 2008.  Sorry Tony for being so slack in adding the info.  xx

I’ve added the information now on the original post, take a look back here.

P.S.  I’ve added the background music back to the website, there is a pause button in the top right corner if needed.

Jan 1 2012

Mum’s Collection

Here’s the last couple of car photos from my mum’s collection before I move onto the next collection of photos.  This photo is of a young dad his 2nd car a Datsun Bluebird (which was two tone blue, light blue on top).  Mum says he got this car soon after she met him.


And this photo below is of mum leaning against his 3rd car a Holden EH Ute (green in colour) – thanks to cousin Tony P for confirming model.  UPDATE:  Fairly sure this photo was taken in Melbourne around 1967, there is another photo of mum & dad at Luna Park in Melbourne in which mum is wearing the same outfit.  She tells me that they went on a trip to Melbourne together before they were married.  Look at my mother’s barbie doll legs, unfortunately I inherited my father’s knobbly knees.


Jul 19 2010

Some More Info

Tony Piscioneri has sent me a note about the flag on dad’s car, in the images from this post – Another Triumph Image.  He thinks it may have been a fox tail as it was considered cool at the time to have one.  It looks like Uncle Sam may also have one on his car.

Many thanks to Tony for the information.

Apr 6 2010

Sydney Trip 1962 – Pt2

As promised here are the rest of the photos I have from this Sydney Trip.


L-R: Bobby Stephens in shorts, Pat Dichiera, Sam Dichiera (leaning on his Austin A90 Atlantic).


L-R: Sam Dichiera, Sandra Tosti, Tony De Luca (?? not sure on this).


L-R: Tony De Luca (??), Sam Dichiera, Bobby Stephens.

Updated 20/5/2013:  Thanks to information from Alan Holcroft, Bobby Stephens has been identified as the man in shorts in the top and bottom pictures.

Apr 5 2010


Just want to say a quick thank you to Tony Piscioneri for helping with identifying some of the cars. Nice to know someone is reading. Your help is very much appreciated.

Updates have been made to these posts:
Austin A90 – name of car corrected.
Boys and Cars – Nonno’s car identified as a 1948 Chev.

Sep 30 2009

3rd Car – The Holden Ute

This photo is from my mum’s collection. Dad and his beloved green Holden ute (his third car). I’ll check with my hubby or brother Michael, but I think it is an EH? Me and old cars, hmph!

Mum tells a rather funny story about this car – dad rolled it on its side once, with a herself as a passenger (pregnant with Sharon). Just the quarter roll on to its side. Mum said he climbed out & surveying the damage to his car, some of his first words were “my car, my car”. Mum says she was pretty miffed at as his lack of thought for her at the time. Oops. 🙂


Dec 16 2008

Austin A90 Atlantic

Well this car is not one of Dad’s as I first thought. It ends up being one of Uncle Sam’s first cars. I also think it predates Uncle Sam’s little red sports car in earlier photos, due to the fact this photo with Dad leaning on it was taken in front of Nonno’s house and there is no carport on the right side of the building – the carport can clearly be seen in the previous sports car photo.

This car with 3 headlights is called an Austin A90 Atlantic and is dated around 1950. It’s a very cool looking car and from what I understand quite rare and sought after these days – Uncle Sam why didn’t you hold onto it. Doh!


Nov 23 2008

Boys and Cars

Here is a shot of Dad’s white Triumph behind Uncle Sam’s red sports car. Unfortunately as I am a girl, I have no idea what type it is – will have to ask hubby unless one of our readers can tell me. 🙂

This photo is taken at the side of Nonno and Nonna’s and it may be their car in front of the house. Someone older might be able to help out with the name of the dog at the front of the photo. Interesting old shed at the front of the property.

This is another photo from Nonna’s collection that Robert & Aunty Cath have scanned for the website.

ETA: Thanks to info from Tony Piscioneri, Nonno’s car has been identified as a 1948 Chev. Just googled it, very cool looking car too!

1st April, 2011 Update:  Tony P has suggested Uncle Sam’s car might be a Datsun Fair Lady.  And also that the shed in the background may be the old horse stables.


Oct 20 2008

More of the Triumph

This photo shows dad sitting on the door of the Triumph with Uncle Sam (I think) at the back, Uncle Vince leaning against it and Nonna with a little lamb.

Funnily enough I was researching Nonno & Nonna a few years ago on the web and found an image of Nonna and a little lamb from the 1950’s that was used in a pdf report of an Italian/Australian conference that had such notaries as Phillip Ruddock, Archibishop George Pell and others speak.

Thanks to Aunty Cath & Robert again for this photo.


Oct 6 2008

Another Triumph Image

Here’s another photo from the same day of the Triumph Herald with Aunty Cathy and Uncle Vince out the front of Nonna and Nonno’s home. Notice the little flag at the back left of the car.


Sep 20 2008

Top Gear – The Cars

On speaking to Uncle Sam and mum, they’ve recalled the cars that dad owned and hopefully we’ve now got them in the right order.

1st car – Triumph Herald (white) – images now posted.
2nd car – Datsun Bluebird (two tone blue, light blue on top)
3rd car – Holden (thought to be an EH) Ute (green)
4th car – Morris Minor
5th car – Station Wagon (mum remembers the brakes were dodgy on this car, she refused to drive it with us kids in it – they used to pay it off $10/week)
6th car – Holden Kingswood Sedan (white)

As I find more info and images of them I will update. But for now here is the first of about four images that have been found of the Triumph (thanks to Aunty Cath & Robert).

This first image shows dad at around 18 or 19 years old with his mum (Nonna) and his cool looking first car the Triumph Herald sportscar (a white one). Mum remembers that dad was driving this when she first met him and that he used to eat his lunch in it in Red Cliffs.