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Occupation??

Postby Emmy » 19 Oct 2007, 19:09

'Dirattore di Machine'
This was listed as an occupation on a 1850 birth act
Would this be an important occupation? Have looked up lists of occupations but cant find it listed.

Another occupation which was listed as 'possidente' (property owner) had had 'Sign.' before his Christian name, would this have any special meaning?
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Re: Occupation??

Postby Poipuo4 » 19 Oct 2007, 20:11

Sign. is just the abbreviation for Signore
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Re: Occupation??

Postby BillieDeKid » 19 Oct 2007, 20:56

Direttore means director or manager so Direttore di Machine probably meant he was in charge of running some type of machine or in charge of a machine of some sort.

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Re: Occupation??

Postby elba » 19 Oct 2007, 22:14

A 'Direttore di Macchine' is a chief engineer.
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Re: Occupation??

Postby misbris » 19 Oct 2007, 22:32

Would that be for the railroad? What else could he be an engineer for in that time period?
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Re: Occupation??

Postby peggymckee » 19 Oct 2007, 23:15

According to my dictionary, one meaning of "macchina" is printing press. "Il gionale va in macchina alle due del mattino" (The paper goes to press at 2 a.m.). It can also mean "machinery in general", as well as engine or apparatus. "Macchina a vapore" is "steam engine". Maybe he oversaw factory machinery or printing presses, or as has been suggested, he was a railroad engineer.

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Re: Occupation??

Postby Emmy » 20 Oct 2007, 07:36

Many thanks everyone for your help
I'll put it down as 'chief engineer' and that would cover all areas of work he may have been in.
Re the 'Sing.' - Signor I just wondered why out of all the records only he had been given this before his name. Wondered if he had been someone who had been of some importance since he was a property owner.



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Re: Occupation??

Postby misbris » 20 Oct 2007, 14:53

It might have been put in as a title of respect because he had an important job.
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Re: Occupation??

Postby elba » 20 Oct 2007, 15:15

Even today it is quite usual to address a Director, a Police Chief or a Judge as 'Signor Direttore', 'Signor Maresciallo' or 'Signor Giudice'....

It is considered an act of courtesy and as such is usually expected!
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Re: Occupation??

Postby Emmy » 20 Oct 2007, 16:54

The Dirattore di Machine wasnt the one who had Sign. in front of his name it was the one who was the property owner so it seems he must have had an important position in the community.
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