The Lower Capelin Line 2– The Children of
Lorenzo Perin / Capelin (1837-1915) and Maria Tome, nee Lucon (1846/47-1939/1945)


This is one of two lower-level pages of the Capelin family, which arrived in Australia in 1881.

Lorenzo Perin / Capelin (1837-1915)
m1. Catterina Cescon (1842-1881)
Five children, of whom only 2 survived their first year. See the Lower Capelin 1 page.
Expeditioners
Catterina d. 19 Mar 1881, in childbirth, in Noumea, aged 38 (but 37 according to Thompson)
On 7 April 1881, Lorenzo arrived in N.S.W. as a widower, aged 42, with children aged 8/9 and 13/14.
m2. Maria Tome, nee Lucon (1846/47-1939/1945)
m. 21 Apr 1881, at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney (14 days after arrival and 33 days after Catterina's death).
     For Maria's life 1847-1881, and the substantial Tome line, see the family-page for the Tomes.

This page provides information on Lorenzo and Maria's 5 children and 17 grandchildren, and their descendants.

To find other pages within this section, go to the Capelin index-page.

  1. Natale / Nathaniel Capelin (1882-1950)
    b. early 1882?, Thornleigh
    m. Mary Anne (Cis/Ces) Kilcoyne (1882/83-1968)
    m. 1909 at St Fiacres Capuchin Church 98 Catherine St Leichhardt
    Mary was b. 1882/83
    She was the granddaughter of an immigrant from County Mayo
    Fruit and vege business with 7. Lawrence, cnr Norton St and Parramatta Rd, Leichhardt, early 1900s to at least 1913
    div. 1922
    No children.
    Nat d. 1950, aged c.68, Sydney
    Mary Ann d. 1968, Sydney
    On the left, with
    Maria and Lawrence, c.1906?
    c.1910?
    Wedding c. 1910?
  2. Lawrence (Larry) Capelin (1884-1964)
  3. b.15 Jul 1884, Thornleigh
    m. Ellen Kilcoyne (1886-1951)
    m. 28 Aug 1913, also at St Fiacres
    Ellen was the sister of Nathaniel's wife, Mary Anne
    Fruit and vege business with 6. Nathaniel, in Norton St, Leichhardt.
    They moved to Woodburn around the time of the outbreak of WWI.

    On the right, with
    Maria and Nat, c.1906?
    c.1910?
    They ran a successful bakery, but had to turn the business over to a returning soldier.
    Ellen, and perhaps also Larry, were in Sydney 1922-25
    In 1920, they purchased a cane and cropping farm at 1012 Pimlico Rd, Wardell.
    In 1928, they sold a block of land in Sutherland to his half-sister Anna (Netta) Tome.
    Issue in Stud Book pp.80-81
    Ellen d. 7 Aug 1951, aged 65, at Woodburn, buried at Wardell
    Larry d. 16 Oct 1964, Brisbane, aged 82, of throat cancer, still smoking, buried at Wardell

    1. Esma Marie Capelin (1914-1997)
      b. Woodburn
      m. Henry Herbert (Herb) GAHAN (1900-1965)
      6 children
      Esma d. 20 Oct 1997, Lismore, aged 83, buried at Wardell
      1. Stephen Anthony Gahan (1938-)
        m. Julia Alison Cross (1941-)
        1. David Phillip Gahan (1963-)
        2. Anthony James Gahan (1965-)
        3. Katherine Julie Gahan (1972-)
      2. Vincent Joseph Gahan (1940-)
        m. Lynette Maree Welford (1942-)
        1. Donna Marie Gahan (1963-)
        2. Loretta Anne Gahan (1964-)
        3. Matita Kerrie Gahan (1968-)
      3. Norman Henry Gahan (1941-)
        m. Elizabeth Anne Gahan
        1. Mark Henry Gahan (1965-)
        2. Stephanie Elizabeth Gahan (1967-)
      4. Robert Joseph Gahan (1942-)
        m. Jacqualine Mary McCallan (1950-)
        1. Alicia Clare Gahan (1976-)
        2. Bilinda Maree Gahan (1978-)
        3. Andrew Joseph Gahan (1978-)
      5. Lawrence Michael Gahan (1945-)
        m. Renate Charlotte Jusbutis (1945)
        1. Karla Marie Gahan (1971-)
        2. Damien Lawrence Gahan (1975-)
      6. Rita Veronica Gahan (1949-)
        m. Jozef TURIK (1945-)
    2. Lawrence Thomas Capelin (1917/18-1985)
      b. 29 Jun 1917 (Spinaze records) or 1918 (Steve and Mick Capelin's records), Woodburn
      m. Iros Vidler
      No children
      Lawrence d. 6 Dec 1985, Sydney, so aged 67/68
    3. Nathaniel Joseph Capelin (1920-99)
      b. 23 Apr 1920, Woodburn
      No children
      Nat d. 16 Feb 1999, Narrabri, aged 78
    4. Kevin John Capelin (1921-2007)
      b. 20 Jul 1921, Woodburn
      m. Eileen Mary Hill, Brisbane, 1949
      2 chn
      Kevin d. 5 May 2007, Brisbane, aged 85
      1. Stephen John Capelin (1950-)
      2. Michael Anthony Capelin (1951-)
        m. Marilyn Ramsay (1953-)
        1. Adam Paul Capelin (1979-)
    5. Cyril Keith Capelin (1926-2012)
      b. 14 Oct 1926, Woodburn
      m. Stella Monti
      Moved to Wollongong
      3 children
      Stella was afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis in her 30s, and nursed by Cyril for many years
      Cyril d. 17 May 2012, Wollongong, aged 85, buried Wardell
      1. Glen Douglass Capelin (1950-)
        m. Ann Maree Julliffe (1951-)
        1. Scott Andrew Capelin (1976-)
        2. Mark David Capelin (1978-)
        3. Jamie Leigh Capelin (1980-)
      2. Rhonda Marie Capelin (1952-)
        m. Colin LAWSON (1952-)
        1. Troy coli (?) Lawson (1978-)
      3. Faye Annette Capelin (1955-)
        m. Nigel DALLAS (1953-)
    6. Rita Kathleen Capelin (1928-2012)
      b. 28 Apr 1928, Woodburn
      m. Raymond (Paddy) POWELL (his mother was a Bazzo)
      Lived in Alstonville
      3 children
      d. 30 Sep 2012, Lismore, aged 84
  4. Maria / Mary / Nan Capelin (1886-1979)
  5. This is the relevant line for this family tree.
    b. 2 Nov 1886, New Italy.
    Note that she shared the name Maria Spinaze nee Capelin
    with her 9 years older half-sister, child 1 in the Capelin Family 1.
    The first photo of her with the family is also on p. 77 of the Stud Book.
    In 1906, she was living with her elder brothers in Leichhardt.

    With her family,
    at left, aged 10,
    in 1896
    At a Deb's Ball
    c. 1900-1904?
    aged 14-18
    On the left?,
    with Kate
    in c. 1906?
    In Sydney,
    in 1906, aged 20?
    m. Giuseppe / Joe / Pop SPINAZE (1880-1971)
    m. 9 Oct 1907, St Peters, New Italy
    She had oved back to the Lismore area by then.
    Her children, and later photos of her, are on Giuseppe's page.
    d. 18 Mar 1979, Lismore, aged 92.

    Mary and Kate,
    c. 1906?
    Mary at her
    wedding, 1907
    c.1910?
    With Nat and
    Lawrence,
    c.1910?
  6. John Capelin (1889-1963)
    b. 1889, New Italy
    m. Ida/Aida McKenzie (?-?)
    John d. 1963, Sydney
    1. Donald Capelin
    2. Kenneth Capelin (?->2005)
      m. Doreen Chant
  7. Catterina / Catherine / Kate Capelin (1890-?)
    b. 27 Jul 1890
  8. Kate's memories of New Italy included:
    • a new teacher who required that English be spoken. The children were silent in the schoolyard at lunchtime. When asked why, they explained that 'we don't know how to play in English'; so he relented on the use of Italian – but only outside the classroom
    • Aboriginals came, accepted bread from mother Maria, pulled a live snake from their dili-bag, whip-cracked it, cooked it, and ate it in a sandwich
    • they had a pet kangaroo, which mother Maria initially kept in a peg-pouch to keep it warm
    On the right?,
    with Maria c.1906
    c.1910
    Wedding c. 1910
    From left, 1.1 Allan Raphael, his wife Renee, Enid, wife of 5. Allan Hankinson, 5. Allan Hankinson, and an unknown cousin (of Allan's?)

    m. Arthur James HANKINSON (1886-1954)
    Arthur was b. 15 Apr 1886
    They lived on a dairy farm at Boree Creek, near Lismore. [No such place? Boree Ck is nr. Narrandera]
    Children 1-5 (Stud Book pp.82-83)
    Arthur d. 1954

    1. Mavis Emma Hankinson (1917-<2010)
      m. Carl RAPHAEL
      1. Allan Charles Raphael (1942-)
        m. Mareta Parr
        1. Nicole Maree Raphael (1969-)
        2. Kylie Ann Raphael (1971-)
        3. Melissa Jane Raphael (1973-)
        4. Ashley Charles Raphael (1977-)
      2. Margaret Raphael (1952-)
        m. Jeffery JUDD
    2. John (Jack) Fredrick Hankinson (1918?-<2010)
      Served in New Guinea but had to be sent home due to eczema and asthma
      m.Fay Brown
      1. Dawn Beverley Hankinson (1944-)
    3. Laurie Thomas Hankinson (1920?-<2010)
      m.Elma Graham
      1. Kaye Hankinson (1949-)
        m. Lazlo GUITMAN
        1. Anthony Guitman (1971-)
        2. Matthew Guitman (1971-)
      2. Graham Hankinson (1951-?)
      3. Suzzane Hankinson (1953-)
        m. Barry Edmund THORPE
        1. Rebecca Thorpe (1979-)
      4. Judith Hankinson (1957-)
      5. Kevin Hankinson (1959-)
      6. Leanne Hankinson (1963-)
    4. Keith James Hankinson (1922?/28-2010)
      m. Ahirley Wright
      He was in the ministry (Seventh Day Adventist?)
      1. Dennis Hankinson (1953-)
        m. Beverley Thompson
        1. Cindi Hankinson (1979-)
      2. Narelle Hankinson (1956/57-)
      3. Dian(n)e Hankinson (1964-)
        m. McMAHON
        They live in Melbourne and are Seventh Day Adventists
        2 children
    5. Allan David Hankinson (1931-)
      m. Enid Spark
      Lives near Lismore, knows Spencer Spinaze
      1. Carolyn Hankinson (1952-)
        m. Peter MOREY
        1. Katrina Morey (1977-)
        2. Sarae Morey (1978-)
      2. Leonard Hankinson (1956-)
      3. Stephen Hankinson (1961-)
      4. Anthony Hankinson (1967-)

Acknowledgements

These Capelin pages were originally established on the basis of the records of Ray Spinaze (1914-2006).

A great deal was added once Steve Capelin tracked me down and pointed me to his substantial Capelin page.

Further information was acquired:

This page also draws heavily on the following publications:

Harrigan R. (2006) 'They Were Expeditioners: The Chronicle of Northern Italian Farmers – Pioneer Settlers of New Italy' Rosemary Harrigan, Werribee VIC 3030, April 2006, 188 pp.

De Stefani H.T. & Craven S.M. Eds. (1980) 'Our Italian Heritage' Centennial Celebration Committee, 1980, 263 pp. (popularly referred to as 'The Stud Book')

Thompson A.-G. (1980) 'Turmoil – Tragedy to Triumph: The Story of New Italy' International Colour Productions, Stanthorpe Qld 4380, 1980, ISBN 0 86774 000 0, 56 pp.

See also:

'New Italy Settlement', Heritage Council of NSW, version of Aug 2011 mirrored here


This a page within Linda Spinaze's Family Web-Site
Contact: Roger Clarke and Linda Spinaze
Created: 27 April 2011; Last Amended: 21 March 2014