Sebastiano D’ANDREA

Sebastiano D’ANDREA, born on 20 January 1898, in Lamio, Foggia, Italy, embarked on a remarkable journey from his homeland to the shores of Western Australia.

Arriving in Fremantle on 3 November 1926, after a voyage from Naples, Sebastiano made his way to Melbourne, reaching its vibrant streets on 11th November of the same year. There, he immersed himself in his entrepreneurial spirit, running a successful fruit business while also seeking a new chapter in his life.

It was in Sydney, in 1935, that he found love and companionship with Antonette/Antonia STRANO, a woman who had already experienced the joys of motherhood. Together, they built a life full of aspirations and dreams, opening fruit shops that flourished, including one on King Street, Newtown in 1936.

Tragically, on 22 June 1942, Sebastiano’s life was cut short when he fell victim to a senseless act of violence during a robbery attempt. The true motives behind this heinous act remained shrouded in suspicion, leaving us to ponder the depths of human nature. The police at the time surmised that jealousy or an inexperienced gunman might have been at the heart of this tragic event.

The loss of Sebastiano left a void in the lives of those who knew and loved him. His loyal companion, Nicky, a crossbred Pomeranian, stood by his side until the very end, even attending his burial and mourning his passing. Nicky’s loyalty and the resilience displayed by those close to Sebastiano are a testament to the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

In July 1944, justice was served when the perpetrator, a young individual who was only a teenager at the time of the crime, received a guilty verdict and a life imprisonment sentence.

Sebastiano’s legacy lives on, not only through the memories of those who cherished him but also through the stories and accounts that bear witness to his remarkable life.

Source: Il Giornale Italiano (Sydney, NSW : 1932 – 1940), Wednesday 24 July 1935, Page 2 (translated from Italian to English with Google Translate)
Source: TROVE, National Library of Australia Newspaper Collection
Source: Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001)