Mr N. Caccioppoli
Mr Natalie Caccioppoli, one of Hawke’s Bay’s early Italian immigrants, died in Hastings on Saturday after a short illness. He was 71.
Mr Caccioppoli was born in Sorrento, Italy, and in 1913 he emigrated to New Zealand with a cousin. He went to live with an uncle at Longlands, near Hastings and worked on his orchard.
Ten years later he moved to Nelson Street, Hastings, where he lived with two brothers, Peter and Joe, who came to New Zealand after him.
In 1929 he bought his own orchard, one in what is now Cunningham Crescent, and named it Natalie Orchards. It had formely [formerly] belonged to the Corbin family.
Shortly after the Second World War the Government bought most of the orchard and erected State houses on the land. Mr Caccioppoli retained the orchard house and a small area of land around it and retired to live there.
In 1955 Mr Caccioppoli married Miss Maria Gaberscek who had arrived in New Zealand from Italy in 1951.
His hobby was grape growing and gardening, and he cultivated grape vines on most of the land surrounding his house.
He was a member of the St Vincent De Paul Society for several years in his earlier years.
He is survived by his wife, Maria.