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BULLETIN! - Updated book Making Waves due for release soon
Making Waves is a book written by Felicity Campbell about the life of Jock McGregor (grandfather of Riria McGregor). I have just heard from Felicity that the book is about to be reprinted with new content including much more about Nicola Sciascia and his wife Riria McGregor.
Felicity advises "Just to say we are very close to printing now, probably will be at printer by the end of the week. The price is still $39.99 and I'll discount 20% to descendants wanting more than one copy. There's good local interest and no relaunch planned, however, Paiges Book Gallery will organise an author's reading gathering in October".
Making Waves has the full support of Uncle Sonny Sciascia and other family elders
Book Review by River City Press 2004
Book Review by Sunday Star Times 2004
Book Review by Wanganui Chronicle 2004
Nicola Sciascia, son of Carlo Sciascia and Maria Giacinta Di Toma was born on April 13th 1840 in the town of Trani, Italy. Trani is a lovely seaside village a few kilometres north of Bari on the Adriatic Coast.
Nicola spent his early life serving as a merchant seaman, having visited London and other European ports.
It is not known when Nicola first arrived in New Zealand but it is thought to have been prior to 1873. He met and married Riria, eldest daughter of Te One and Pirihira McGregor at Foxton and records show he spent most of his married life as a lighthouse keeper serving on most lights around the coast of New Zealand. His marriage produced eleven children. Sadly Nicola was gored by a bull when serving on Portland Island and died of injuries received.
Nicola Sciascia's lonely grave on Portland Island off the Mahia Peninsula stands as a tribute to the baby born in Trani in 1840, who lived in this country for no more than thirty years and leaves the inheritance of at least two thousand descendants.
In the northern summer of 2007 a group of descendants of Nicola will return to the town of his birth. The intention is to meet with our Italian family, the descendants of Nicola's brothers and sisters to build on the existing ties and relationships that have built up over recent years.
During this journey we shall also visit Flanders to remember the life of Charles who was the grandson of Nicola and was killed in action while serving with the New Zealand armed forces there on August 1st 1917.
|Alan Sciascia © 2007||
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