Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis
Faciebat Anno 172(?)
Grandfather didn’t bring the violin to Australia with him in 1903; perhaps he wasn’t certain he would stay, or wanted to get settled first. It was sent out to him 2 years later with his brother Fred. Nance, his sister in Ireland, later wrote to Fred:
“I forgot when writing to Carl to ask him if the violin travelled out safely. Did you tell him it was little Pongo’s blanket that made the green bag for it? and his little white hairs were stuck all over it.”
The violin passed first to my father, and then to my niece. It has a lovely mellow tone and she plays it beautifully. I never knew my grandfather, but the generations were linked at our 2013 family reunion when Caitlin played old Irish airs on his beloved violin.