Capt Salvatore Cimino

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Capt Salvatore Cimino

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Title Capt Salvatore Cimino
Publisher Find a Grave
Language English
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Geographic reference Wellington, Port Nicholson, Lyttelton
Time reference 1800s
Online resource Yes
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Topic Salvatore Cimino, Cimino family, Early Italian settlers, Italian seamen, Italian musicians, graves,


Salvatore Cimino was born Capri in 1809 or 1810 (according to different sources) and came to New Zealand in 1841 on the vessel The Olympus. A skilled seaman he cruised along the West Coast supplying settlers and natives with stores travelling from Port Nicholson to Lyttelton and back. He naturalised as a New Zealander in 1848, Wellington's first Italian resident. The family were made honorary members of the Ngāti Raukawa tribe. The website Find a Grave has several information about his life, work and family, plus the location of his grave and some images, including a photo of Cimino. Cimino died in 1899. A letter written by Cimino in 1844 to the editor of The New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator has been published on The Mahurangi Magazine by the magazine editor, the great-great-grandson of Cimino. The letter talk about the contentious 1844 Wellington regatta, where he talks about "...being struck and abused on the race ground...".

On Find a Grave are also listed the graves of his two wives and 5 of his children. In particular there are information about his son Salvatore Cimino (1854-1934) who was well known in musical circles. For some years prior to 1890 Salvatore Cimino (junior) was bandmaster of the Garrison Band and conductor of the choir of St Mary's, Wellington, and for the last twenty years of his life a member of the Wellington Savage Club's orchestra.