Concord woman searches for Tumby Bay link to great uncle

A New South Wales woman is reaching out to the Tumby Bay community for information relating to her great uncle who came to Australia as a prisoner of war during World War II.

Claudia Lucchitti from Concord has been researching her great uncle Rinaldo Rossini, who fought in the Italian Army and was brought to Australia as a prisoner of war after being captured in the Middle East.

Mrs Lucchitti said the search started after meeting her father's cousins, who were the sons of Mr Rossini during a trip to Italy, pre COVID-19 and after leaving her job she had time to do some research.

"They thought he was captured and brought as a prisoner of war to Queensland but we found he was actually taken to South Australia and we're now putting the pieces together," she said.

Mrs Lucchitti said with assistance from Joanne Tapiolas in Queensland and documents from the National Archives, she learned he arrived to Melbourne on February 14, 1945 and at Sandy Creek on February 24 before being taken to Tumby Bay on March 24, where he lived for nearly one year before arriving back in Sandy Creek on March 6, 1946.

He then went to Loveday on March 13 before arriving back in Rome on December 14.

Mrs Lucchitti said during his time in Tumby Bay he worked for a local family on their farm and he fathered a daughter.

She said she learned that at one stage the daughter had gone to Italy to seek Mr Rossini to ask to use his surname, but was refused by his fiancee at the time.

"I'm hoping someone there recognises him and recognises the family," she said.

Mrs Lucchitti asks anyone who has information on Mr Rossini or his daughter to contact her on 0416 489 988 or email at claudia.lucchitti@gmail.com