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Special visit: Tony and Maria Marracco (centre)
enjoying being back in Yarram as part of their 50th
wedding anniversary celebrations. The happy cou-
ple stayed with Deb and Sam Peulso who regularly
take tours to Italy and stay with the Marracco fam-
ily at their home in Cassino. Tony, Maria, Sam and
Deb caught up with other family and friends at the
Commercial Hotel for a special lunch together.
On their bikes: Yarram Early Learning Centre students Hudson and Koby were riding high
on Monday, enjoying the new year of education at the centre.
Up on top: from left, Mataya, Elly, Grace, Bianca were balancing fun and learning at the Yar-
ram Early Leaning Centre on Monday. The centre has limited spaces available for day care.
From Italy with love
AS we approach
Valentine’s Day we
should take a leaf out
of a former local Tony
Marrocco’s book of
Tony’s 50th wedding anni-
versary present to his wife Ma-
ria was a month long holiday in
Australia, the place they called
home for more than 20 years.
Tony lived in Yarram as a
young boy before he returned to
Cassino in Italy where he meet
Maria, got married and then
returned to Yarram to start mar-
ried life and raise their family.
“When I went back to Italy
as a young man, I was invited
to go to a family friend’s house
to meet one of their daughters.
I wasn’t that interested but
thought why not, so off I went,
I was greeted by Maria, the
younger sister of the girl I was
supposed to meet,” Tony said.
“I could not take my eyes
off her and afterwards when I
was asked about the other sis-
ter, I could not give an answer
because I only had eyes for Ma-
ria,” he said.
Sometime later Maria and
Tony were married and in 1966
came back to Australia where
they worked side by side share
farming at Alysbury, which is
now the Staley family farm on
the outskirts of Yarram.
“In 1967 we moved from
Aylsbury to a farm at Alberton
West owned by Joe Berryman,”
“We milked 85 cows in a
herringbone shed, six swing
over. It took us a couple of
hours to complete each milk-
ing,” he said. The couple stayed
on the Berryman farm for four
“After share farming at
Alberton West we moved to
Woorarra where my brother
Angelo Marracco had a dairy
farm, we had our own cows by
this stage so it was a fifty fifty
arrangement,” he said.
“We stayed there until 1974
when we moved to Peter Daw-
son’s farm at Binginwarri,” he
The couple’s four children
were born over this time.
“They were all born in the
Yarram Hospital,” Maria said.
“In 1979 we decided to
pack up the family and return to
Italy, it had been 20 years since
we left and it was hard to start
again, it took another 10 years
to find our feet, at one stage we
nearly decided to come back to
Australia but we stuck it out and
persevered with life in Italy,”
“I started a fish shop and
really enjoyed it, the business
took off after a couple of years
and has provided good jobs for
“One of the girls has an ice
cream shop which sells the best
ice cream in Italy.”
Tony has been back to Yar-
ram three times since he left in
1979. Not all were happy occa-
“In 1999 my brother An-
gelo became very ill, he passed
away in 2000, it was very hard,”
“In 2006 it was a happy
occasion as we came back to
visit family and friends and
now in 2016 it is very special
as it is our 50th wedding anni-
This trip has included a trip
to Tasmania which both Tony
and Maria enjoyed very much.
The couple loved being
back in Yarram and seeing fam-
ily and friends.
“Yarram has not changed
much but Toora has,” Maria
While in Yarram Tony
caught up on all the local sport-
“When I lived here I always
went to see the Yarram football,
I never missed a game,” Tony
Over the years Tony and
Maria have returned the won-
derful hospitality shown to
them by Yarramittes by open-
ing their home to Sam and Deb
Peulso Italian tours.
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