Theresa Bowen said
January 18, 2011
I grew up on Fatterini Island in the 1970′s and I must say that it was an idyllic place to grow up.
I am undertaking a research project on that island for a course I am doing and I am interested in any information that you can provide me, as I am just starting out and finding a lot of the information on the Dr to be irrelevant.
Why was the island named after Dr Fattorini when I can find no evidence of him having been there?
Any help or advice would be appreciated.
Was it an aboriginal mission or tribal refuge?
I am looking in the TROVE for info on Fattorini Island. Previously I have only looked at the dates very early on when Sanders were being born there and thereabouts but I shall look at any references I can now find. First – the Historical Newspapers.
Dr Fattorini is well documented as being in Port Macquarie which is also where he died. Fattorini Island is only 62 kms by today’s roads from Port Macquarie. His interests are also recorded on the Macleay. I will keep looking for actual evidence of the naming of the Island ( referred to as “islands’ in early newspapers) but the two places are close enough for Fattorini’s company to be operating on both rivers.
This section says that there is no evidence that he went ahead with his cedar plans, but does indicate his contact with the Macleay.
APPLIED FOR LICENCE TO CUT CEDAR
In this year, the latent entrepreneur in him began to
show. He evidently felt the practice of medicine was not
remunerative enough, for on 21 April 1835 he applied to
the Colonial Secretary for a Licence to cut cedar on the
banks of the McLeay River, giving what were evidently the
usual undertakings to make no waste and to maintain order
amongst the persons employed by him.^^ This he followed
up with a further letter on 8 May 1835,^^ which is by way of
a complaint that on making application to the Collector of
Internal Revenue, according to the Government Notice of 24
April last, to have a licence granted to him to cut cedar on
vacant crown lands, he was verbally answered that having
received no instructions to that effect, the Collector could not
do it. Fattorini refers to his personal discussion with the
Colonial Secretary when he had explained how he was distressed by reason of being deprived of the licence sought.
He says: "I am not only put to the greatest inconvenience,
but also to a very severe pecuniary loss, having great many
men already there and prevented to land, by the interference
of Mr. Rudder,25 to whom a licence has been granted long
time ago." It will be noted that when labouring under excitement or stress his English deteriorates a little.
The letter is minuted "inform that instructions are now
given to Mr. Macpherson to whom he is to apply specifying
the land on which he wishes to cut cedar"; followed by "Mr.
Fattorini has since called and been personally informed."
However, there does not appear to be any record of his having proceeded further with this project.
FATTORINI IN THE NEWSPAPERS.
I won’t try to draw conclusions as yet. Just gather the data. Well, maybe a conclusion or two.
The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824-1848), Friday 11 November 1842
1849. There was land for sale on the MANNING River and FATTORINI CREEK had been named there.
"M’LEAY RIVER." The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831-1842) 19 Jul 1841
On MONDAY, 14th MARCH, at eleven o’clock. (1859, March 4).The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Friday 9 June 1893
A MISSIONARY DROWNED. (1920, October 12).
The Sydney Morning Herald