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Posted by on April 21, 2012

Gail Cox (Great Grand daughter of William Barelli)writesEdwin Barelli was born in Bristol England on 21st August 1822, he was a
Coachbuilder,he and his wife Ammelia Hiatt migrated to Australia
(unassisted passage) aboard the “Vanguard” in 1862. Four children
accompanied them, Maria aged 16, William aged 10, Rosa aged 5 and Henry
1 year old.
This family lived at Waanyarra, William married Ellen Addison (born at
Tarnagulla in 1860, the daughter of Andrew Addison and Isabella Lawson )
on the 8th April 1879. William and Ellen had eight children, the
eldest two, Florence was born in 1880 at Tarnagulla and William born in
1884 at Sandhurst. The next two children Louis and Ruby were born in
Ringwood and the next four Norman, Vivian, Percy and Reginald were born
at Mitcham. At this stage of my research I do not know exactly when the
family moved to Melbourne, nor do I have any information on the Addison
I have a photograph of Ellen Addison Barelli taken when she was a middle
aged woman in Melbourne.

3 Responses to Barelli

  1. melinda rene

    I am the granddaughter of Ruby Barelli. My husband is very interested in my family tree. I always knew my ancestor was a coach builder who came from Bristol.

    I was born to Ronald James Smith in 1952. Granny (Ruby) was his mum. I met Aunty Flo when I was a little girl visiting Melbourne. Mum and Dad moved to Queensland after WW2.

    I was told that the Barelli family originated in Florenz. Do you know about this?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Melinda Rene

  2. Sharyn Proctor

    A Joseph Barelli died in Port Adelaide in 1893

  3. John Main

    My sketchy information tells me that my Grandmother, Violet Rose Main was the daughter of Robert J. Somerville and Rosa, nee Barelli. Rosa’s siblings are the same as those you have listed, and her parents’ names are near enough (Henry Edward Barelli and Emmely Hyatt) to assure me that it is the same family. My information was compiled by my father more than 40 years ago and has only names, so I very much appreciate the added and.clearly more accurate background your article provides. My parents maintained contact with descendants of William and Rosa’s brother, Henry.
    Thank you,

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