The word as an occupation is elusive and not meeting any occupation designation current or well into the past. Neither does the word meet any word dictionaryt definition. Can you describe the 1959 document in which this word appears? My inclination is to regard the occupation as peculiar to the area where he lived and worked. =Peter=
I found it written on his 'Foglio di Congedo Illimitato' certificate, which he received after migrating to Australia (he received it just after he turned 30 years old). It discharged him from having to do any military service, and listed the original date of his enrolment for military service (in 1959) and his occupation at the time.
I know my father used to work in his father's field (and for other landowners) shifting stones, wood etc from one place to another - via the family mule. I was just hoping to get confirmation of the actual job title given. Or if someone has heard of it.