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2013 CAN-AM COMMANDER 800
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Pat (left), Joan and Brian.
from page 2
But the brothers decided to part company, with
Alberto buying Bill out.
Bill, Monica and the children immigrated to
New Zealand arriving in Wellington in 1930 after
a six-week voyage on the Rangitata.
Bill had arrived with money and considered
buying a fish and chip shop, but Monica was not
keen. After looking at various options, Bill who
had always fancied farming, rode the bike he’d
bought with him to Marton looking for a farm.
He was told of a good one in Piopio which had
been let go and that the farmer would be pleased
to get out of.
Brian says he learned right from the start what
hard work was on the 350ac (141.6ha) farm,
which had one serviceable paddock, the rest in
fern and bracken.
“Dad started in the corner and worked back.
“I have a vivid memory of being seven or eight
years old. We had to milk two cows in the morn-
ing, go to school and then come home, milk the
cows, feed the dogs, hens, collect the eggs.There
was always plenty to do,” he says.
“We learned early on how to tell the differ-
ence between a chook that was laying eggs and
those that weren’t, when it came to culling hens
“It still amazes me that Dad was never around
for the kills when Pat and I did them.
“But he was always there when it came time
to dress them. He’d be checking the innards for
unlaid eggs and woe betide us if he found any!”
Bill was a hard worker and ensured his kids
Brian had his first working dog to train when
he was 10.
He muses that his father was a bit of an
“He wasn’t much good as a stockman and
he wasn’t good with dogs, but he was entrepre-
neurial and certainly knew how to make and keep
money,” he says.
Life for Brian’s mother was all about hard work
as everything used on the farm was made there.
“She would make her own soap, bread, butter,
clothes,” he says.
“Everything was used, nothing was wasted.
“ There was a stand of big macrocarpas and the
family meat safe (made of scrim) was strung up
between them via pulleys.
“In the winter, it was great because the meat
would last ages. But in summer . . . once that fat
started turning a bit green, we had a lot to eat!
“You didn’t waste anything and Dad, being a
typical Italian who loved his food, made us eat
everything put on the plate in front of us.”
AN AMUSING TALE
Brian remembers one story with a laugh.
“I would have been about six or seven, I think.
“Dad had to have the best when it came to
stock, whether it was cows, sheep . . . or chooks.
“ This particular time, he had got a white Leg-
horn rooster off what was then Massey College
as part of a breeding programme. But it was a
beggar of a thing.
“Dad, who wore long pants and often wore
long johns, would think it was a heck of a joke
when the rooster would attack him. He’d just
shake it off,” Brian says.
“But when you are only six or seven, and have
no long pants, the only thing between you and
that rooster with the big set of spurs . . . was a
“One time, I forgot to close the gate and my sis-
ter Joan, who was four at the time, came through
and the rooster went for her.
“I accidentally hit it too hard with the stick and
killed it. And I can remember thinking ‘Oh hell,
what do I do now?’”
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Pat (rear left), Bill, Brian and young brothers
Tony (front left) and Leo.
Pat (rear left), Tony, Brian and Leo (front).
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