Peter Pescia

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Peter Pescia
Born 1836
Gerra, Ticino, Switzerland
Died 6 October 1906
Sailor's Falls
Occupation Publican
Years active 1884-1906
Known for National Hotel
Spouse(s) Henrietta Jane Gurnett
Severina LeFranchi
Children Charles (1869)
Mabel (1872)
Peter (1875)
Gladys (1885)
Lacey (1889)
  • Pietro Pescia (father)
  • Domenica Morasci (mother)

Peter Pescia was a publican at Eganstown, Victoria, <1884-1906.

History[edit | edit source]

Peter Pescia was born in Gerra, Ticino, Switzerland, the son of Domenica Morasci and Pietro Pescia.

He married Henrietta Jane Gurnett (1850) in Victoria in 1868.[1] They had five children

  • Charles (1869), Smythesdale
  • Mabel (1872), Eganstown
  • Peter (1875), Eganstown
  • Gladys (1885), Eganstown
  • Lacey (1889-1889), Eganstown [2][3]

By 1884 he is mentioned as the publican of the National Hotel, midway between Eganstown and Sailor's Hill.

In July 1884 Peter Pescia was charged with having purchased alcohol illegally for his hotel:

EXCISE PROSECUTIONS AT DAYLESFORD. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) DAYLESFORD, Wednesday. At the police court to-day, Mr. Hammond, chief inspector of distilleries, proceeded against Vincent Perini for selling a gallon of spirits to a publican at Sailor's Hill (near Eganstown), named Peter Pescia. Mr. Gillott, of Melbourne, appeared to prosecute for the Crown ; Mr. Geake defended. John Anglin, district excise officer, said that he went to Pescia's hotel, and found the liquor (aqua vita) in a jar, and was told by Pescia that he bought it from Perini for 12s. The defendant Perini is licensed to use a still for the purpose of fortifying wines, the produce of his vineyard. Pescia gave evidence as to buying the liquor from defendant. Timothy Hurley, senior inspector of distillories, gave evidence as to the liquid being aqua vita. Defendant was fined £50, or four months imprisonment. Notice of appeal was given. A second case against defendant, of selling the liquor contrary to the act, was withdrawn.[4]

In 1889, his Jane, and their newborn baby Lacey died.[5]

He married Severina LeFranchi in Victoria in 1891.[6]

He died at Sailor's Hill on 6 October 1906:

PESCIA.—ln loving memory of my dear brother, Peter Pescia, who died on 6th October, 1906, at Sailor's Hill, Daylesford. —Inserted by his loving brother. Carlo Pescia.[7]

His estate was left to his wife, was valued £437 8s 11d.[8]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jane Gurnett Australian Marriage Index, 1788-1950. Victoria, 1868, Ref. No. 1468
  2. Lacey Pescia, Australian Birth Index, 1788-1922, Victoria, 1889, Ref. No. 21157
  3. Lacey Pescia, Australian Death Index, 1787-1985, Victoria, 1889, Ref. No. 11779
  4. 1884 'EXCISE PROSECUTIONS AT DAYLES-FORD.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 31 July, p. 7. , viewed 27 Dec 2022,
  5. Henrietta Jane Pescia, Australian Death Index, 1787-1985, Victoria, 1889, Ref. No. 11778
  6. Peter Pescia, Australia, Marriage Index, Victoria, 1891, Ref. No. 5822
  7. 1907 'Family Notices', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 5 October, p. 7. , viewed 27 Dec 2022,
  8. Peter Pescia, Victoria, Australia, Wills and Probate Records, 1841-2009

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