Jeroni ‎(Jerome)‎ "Jeronimo ‎(Spanish)‎" Rodoreda  ‎(I4945)‎
Given Names: Jeroni ‎(Jerome)‎
Surname: Rodoreda
Nickname: Jeronimo ‎(Spanish)‎

Gender: MaleMale
      

Birth: 1833 23
Death: 26 March 1910 ‎(Age 77)‎ St Benedicts Hospital Malvern Vic
Personal Facts and Details
Birth 1833 23
Address:
"native of the ‎(province of)‎ Barcelona" - naturalisation application. No record of birth at the Village of Santa Maria D'Olo near Vic in the province of Barges, out of Barcelona, Spain

Immigration 29 December 1849 ‎(Age 16)‎ Fremantle, WA aboard La Ferrolana from Cadiz - Source: The Salvado Memoirs p.105

Press Reference 15 November 1855 ‎(Age 22)‎ Advertised taking over Dalton's Bakery Perth

MarriageReligious Marriage
Mary Anne Hines - 14 January 1856 ‎(Age 23)‎ Address:
Celebrant: Fr V. Garrido OSB ‎(later Prior at New Norcia)‎;
Witnesses: John Perejuan & Ann Maria Farmer ‎(John Perejuan married Jane Maria Farmer in 1855)‎
‎(http://bradyfamilytree.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I01273&tree=BRADY2008)‎

Master Servant 20 December 1860 ‎(Age 27)‎ Legal Case

Address:
Perth

Naturalization 11 October 1871 ‎(Age 38)‎
Emigration 13 June 1887 ‎(Age 54)‎ to South Australia per ALBANY

Occupation 1887 ‎(Age 54)‎ Ran a Store Melbourne

Address:
"with daughter Isabella" according to MSmith

Death 26 March 1910 ‎(Age 77)‎ St Benedicts Hospital Malvern Vic

Address:
Living at 136 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne. Christina was living in Melbourne at the time of his death, probably in Melbourne since the death of Isabella previous year, at George Street, East Melbourne and he had an investment property in Hawthorn. He died intestate. His heirs being Christina, Francis, Edward, Charles and Agnes.

Burial 26 March 1910 ‎(on the date of death)‎ Boroondara Cemetery, KEW - RC Grave No. C 0995 - 2585/1910 VIC BDM.

Address
1904-1905 East Melbourne, Darling Street, 032
Address 136 Clarendon Street
EAST MELBOURNE
Address
Hotham Street EAST MELB
Last Change 9 September 2012 - 06:40:26 - by: Tom
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Parents Family  (F1272)
Francesc "Fourth son of 9 brothers" Rodoreda
1809 -
Elisabet "? Isabel Reverter ?" Rebarte
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Jeroni ‎(Jerome)‎ "Jeronimo ‎(Spanish)‎" Rodoreda
1833 - 1910

Immediate Family  (F1044)
Mary Anne Hines
1833 - 1881
Isabella Mary Rodoreda
1857 - 1909
Private
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Private
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Margaret "one of the twins" Rodoreda
1862 - 1862
Maria "‎(twin)‎" Rodoreda
1862 - 1863
Private
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Joseph John Rodoreda
1865 - 1869
Private
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Private
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Notes

Note
1833 Birth
Dec 1849 arrives with Fr. Venancio Garrido on the 'La Ferrolana' together with Juan Vincentius Perejuan, and Ignatius Boladeras; also on board Bishop Martin Griver, a Medical Missionary; According to MSmith it was this Bishop who years later "gave the last rites to Jeroni, Mary Anne and Christina; Mary Anne died and her Funeral was conducted by Bishop Griver on the 7th November, 1881, from the Cathedral" ‎[the land for this Cathedral was granted by Governor Kennedy in Victoria Square on 13th of August, 1859; and the Cathedral's foundation stone was laid on 8th of February, 1863; it was blessed and officially opened by Father Griver on the 29th of January, 1865; so - despite the oral family history - this is not the building that Jerome worked on as a stonemason from 1850 until 1855; presumably he worked on the construction of the earlier nearby cathedral of St John the Evangelist which was commenced as a Church in the 1840s and became the first Cathedral; early extensions were completed there on 15th June 1855]‎;
JR's occupation was “panadero” ‎(baker)‎.
Soon after arrival in WA this Benedictine group were ordered to leave the NN Mission and Bishop Serra took them to Guildford and then Subiaco; by 1857 twenty-three of the thirty-nine had left the Benedictine Community;
JR kept in touch with the Mission; database indicates that the Archives holds two letters from him to Bishop Salvado.
One, 24th March 1876, concerns the making of bread, and the other, 28th September 1880, concerns renting one of Salvado’s houses in what is now East Perth. There are also seven letters about him or his wife or his daughter, dated between 1863 and 1892;
Accessions Register, 1846-1986:only has occupation listed;
1855.11.15 - Takes over Dalton Bakery Perth
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MASTER AND SERVANT--Margaret McGee,

was charged by J. Rodoreda with having on the

3rd in st, left his employment without having given
notice.
Jerome Rodoreda-Margaret McGee had en-

gaged with him for a term of'two months, which

was to expire on the 31st of December. A few

days before the 31st., he heard his wife and McGee

talking amicably together, he thought they were

making a fresh agreement, on the let his wile

told him casnully that she had made a fresh

agreement with McGee, on condition of her not

going out at night. On the 3rd of January he

was told that McGee wanted to leave, he told her

that she could not do so without giving a month's

notice j up to the 3rd she had done her work as
usual.
Mary Ann Rodoreda. wife of the complainant

She bad made an agreement with McGee one or

two days previous to the expiration of the former

one ; she stipulated that she was not to go out so

late at night as she bad hitherto done; she did her

work as usual up to the 3rd, when she said she

would leave, and did leave without giving scarcely

a moment's notice.
Sergeant Dunmall-From instructions he had

reseived he made inquiries into the case, and from

what he could grther he could not recommend

MeGee to return to her employment, as he knew

that Mrs RodoreJa was frequently changing her
servants«
Margaret McGee in defence denied making any

new agreement, she only remained till the 3rd to

oblige Mrs R. She was very uncomfortable and

had no mattrass to lie upon, in consequence of

which she was full of pains.
His Worship informed McGae that as she had

continued in her employment over the period she

had originally agreed for, she was bound to give

at least a proper notice that she was about to

leave. She had not done so, and was therefore

deserving of punishment, as such conduct in'ser-

vants would be productive of the greatest evil.

Mr Rodoreda however should have asked her to
return to her employment, but as he had not done

so, he would merely imprison her for one day, to

mark that servants were liable to punishment for

leaving their master or mistress's house without

giving due notice, and as a warning to others to

be more cautious in this respect.
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Accompanied Benedictine Bishop Serra from Barcelona - is listed in the diaries as one of the young missionary workers who had been accepted in ceremony at the grand Gothic Church of Santa Maria de Mar from which they processed in religious robes ‎(first public wearing of religious garb following the earlier anti-clerical troubles that had come following the war with Napoleon's France)‎ to the ship for embarkation to Australia. This Church was at that time right on the sea shore- there has since been significant land reclaimation. This Church had been built during the middle ages by the seafaring families of that time and was errected in just 50 years to the amazement of all; it looked at that time to arise out of the beach sands of the area; it stands now in the popular La Ribera district of Barcelona, not far from Las Ramblas, and an additional modern city precinct has been added between the Church and the Mediterranean sea - called La Barcolenetta.

Family home of Jeroni is thought to be out from Barcelona near Santa Maria DÓlo - a farm house called "La Rodoreda" to the east of Santa Maria DÓlo, beneath "Rodoreda" - an elevated mount ‎(801m)‎. Gilian Rodoreda visited there. Rodoreda family is all Catalan. All related. Famed writer Mercee Rodoreda is related. As is Victoria Rodoreda. There is a famous musician composer called Josep Rodoreda who wrote the music for El Virolai - the famous hymn for the feast of Our Lady of Montserrat - Dusky Lady of the Mountain Chain.
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Diary Notes - Santa Maria d’Olo – Monday 27th April 2009
The drive on our adventure out of Barcelona was much easier than expected. This time we could see in the distance from the motorway the Benedictine Monastery at Montserrat, to which we had travelled the day before by train and funicular!
We got close to the village of Santa Maria d’Olo ‎(the home village of Anne’s Rodoreda family)‎ quite quickly. However, after leaving the motorway I went in and back out of a village called Avinyo, which I knew from the map that Anne’s cousin, Gillian Rodoreda had given to us, was not far from S.M.d’Olo.
I was about to give up when I eventually found an unvandalised sign, helpfully placed a few hundred meters down the road – inexplicably well away from its entry roundabout - announcing it was the way to S.M.d’Olo!
We got to what I thought was the village – but it was, I soon discovered, another wrong turn into a cluster of farm houses. I had driven into what appeared to be a farmer’s combined barn and household laundry! With a quick reverse and driving on just another 100 metres, we had soon arrived in the village of S.M.d’Olo and we were walking about realizing that the place was nearly deserted - everyone was presumably either asleep or at least indoors on siesta! The first woman I came to I showed the little map of the village that we had from Anne's cousin - Gillian Rodoreda - that showed the old family house ‎(marked as “La Rodoreda”)‎; the woman from the village replied with a smile and many, many presumably helpfully intended words – I guess in Catalan – and with gentle signs that depicted various bridges and turns and twists and mountain climbs …. I thanked her profoundly and decided to go for a drink in the village bar instead! I could not see at this point how we were ever going to get to La Rodoreda.
In the bar we were immediately greeted with a warm welcome from a man we now know to be Signor Ramon Clotet ‎(c/Castell 3, 08273 SM D'olo)‎. This man was grey haired, with a grey beard, very energetic and youthful in manner. He spoke to us enthusiastically and explained that he was originally from the village of Santa Mara d’Olo where he had lived as a child, although his family were originally from the area around Mont Blanc in France; he now lived in a house nearby the town centre that was built in the year 900 AD located just opposite the old Church quite close to the centre of town.
Ramon asked what were we doing in Santa Maria d’Olo. With the story of Jeroni Rodoreda explained and translated by Ramon sentence by sentence to the other bar patrons and to the bar manager, there was increasing interest and enthusiasm on the part of the small assembly; Ramon soon had us in his little car, out over the bridge and following the path way previously described by the helpful local Catalan woman with the happy smile. It was a roadway that took us up, up and up; "to the highest peak between the coast and the Pyrenees" - ‎(which lay not far off, clearly on display in their full snow capped glory)‎ – I think we were told that this peak is called “Rodoreda”. It sits just above the farm house known and signposted as “La Rodoreda”. We stopped on the farm road in, to be greeted by the current owner of the farm ‎(Mr Francesc Exposito (Masia La Rodoreda 08273 SM D'Olo-Barcelona-Catalunya)‎; he and his wife Maria and their son bought the farm about 10 years ago; but they had worked on it for the previous owner for many years. It is, as Gillian has previously described, beautifully situated; with great views over towards the Pyaranees. Francesc was gathering up his herd of 40 white cows – all with bells at their necks and many with calves at foot – and getting them ready to walk to an adjacent paddock of the farm, a little down the mountain, to graze.
Ramon explained our reason for the visit and Franciesc said we were most welcome; he had a constant “smile in his eyes”. He told us to go on up into the farm house and tell his wife that the farm boss had said that she must make us welcome and show us around. With warm farewells we proceeded on into the cluster of old buildings and met Franciesc’s wife, Maria; another very happy, cheerful person who was very welcoming. Ramon retold the family story and Maria interrupted very quickly to point out on the wall of the oldest part of the house an inscription on a window lintel with a date that seemed to say Bernardi Rodoreda lived in this house in 1636 ‎(need to check our photo of this for more clarity of this inscription)‎; I now realise this was not the same stone lintel that Gillian had photographed during her visit some two years before. There was also some decorative stone work above the main door of the old home; I took this at first to be a family crest; but on closer inspection, this seems unlikely. There was also a stone water well in the house courtyard that had the date 1650. Maria gave me permission to click away with my camera and explained that some parts of the house had been added in the 1950s by the last owner ‎(including what looked like a quite ancient chapel and another wing)‎ – these additions all looked to me to be at least 150 years old, so I think some years were lost in translation here.
We were soon invited inside and offered water from La Rodoreda, which we drank enthusiastically and with good cheers to Jeroni Rodoreda. Maria asked many questions about Jeroni’s family in Australia ‎(explaining in response – again in Catalan – that she had a sister in Pennsylvania)‎. She listened to the story we relayed of the Rodoreda family in Australia. And was very interested to think that Anne’s own grandfather – Cyril Rodoreda, Jeroni’s grandson - had also been a "farmer" and once ran a huge cattle and sheep station ‎(Ethel Creek)‎ in Western Australian, the description of the size of which – 500,000 hectares – brought much amazed bemusement from Maria! We asked about the last known Rodoreda from this farm and we were told that all the Rodoredas of Catalunya - of which there are a few but not many - connect back to this farm house; the last Rodoreda owner and resident of the farm house, Mr Joan Rodoreda, d. 1937. This was during the Spanish civil war. Ramon explained that he knows of at least 3 other Rodoreda families still living in the village or nearby.
Maria offered us food but we knew we had to go, as it was now about 3.30pm. As we drove out away from the farm house we joined in the procession of slow moving cows that clogged the pathway to the main gate where Francesc was waiting; we had earlier during our visit to the house been waving to Francesc from the patio above the cow sheds – and he to us - as he walked around the fence line gathering up his herd. At the front gate, Francesc warmly thanked us for our visit and asked us to send him a copy of the photos that we took once we returned to Australia; ‎(I have now done this)‎; he explained that he had worked hard all his life and that he was good at business and that this farm was his investment in a good life for his old age, in clean air and a beautiful natural environment; he wanted to conserve it all rather than make much more money than he and Maria needed to live. Somewhere along the way we learned that Francesc and Maria had just one son living with them - and perhaps occasionally working with them on the farm - who was in his late 40s; they had been married for 50 years this year and had just celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. They also had daughters.
We drove back down from the mountain called Rodoreda, away from the farm house called La Rodoreda, past flowers that Ramon said were called “Rodoreda” and he picked some of these and gave them with a great flourish to Anne for her journey back to Australia. He picked other flowers as well, some of which were very aromatic, and I am now not sure whether all the flowers of Catalunya are called Rodoreda or just a purple coloured flower!
Back at the town square where Ramon dropped us I left some cash with the bar manager and asked that he entertain Ramon with as many drinks as it would buy; hopefully this would at least last for a few days ahead as Ramon told us that he drank no alcohol but liked to drink something which I think he called Aniseed – abd which I noticed was a white drink that looked like a liqueur). We were off. Late. And heading east for the long drive to Girona and onto Cadaquez.
We had had a real family adventure and we were both very pleased to have made this visit. We both are only saddened that we cannot retell the story to Anne’s mother, Joan Rodoreda, who would have loved to hear every detail about the place from which her own father’s grandfather had possibly come ‎(or was at least connected)‎ before setting off with the Benedictines to Western Australia. It will be fun to share this story with Joan’s last surviving sibling, Elizabeth Walsh, and any other interested members of the family who would get a great buzz out of it.
Clearly our visit has been made so, so much easier because of the earlier and much harder and more fortuitous work that Gillian did during her time in Catalunya. We do not know if Gillian met Francesc and Maria. But we know from her map and her photos that she has been to the same farm and same house and was accompanied on her visit by a local who was a member of the Rodoreda clan. Best wishes from Catalunya!
Tom
ps we also now know that there is Jamue Rodoreda Sors who is on the local government council at SMDOlo.

Note
Jeroni and Isabella had business interests in Melbourne, from 1887. In Jeroni's Probate Hearing he was described as a Gentleman.

Note
From WA SRO:

Three references to Jerome Rodoreda on the National Library’s online data base of articles in the Perth Gazette/West Australian newspaper...Two of these newspaper items are advertisements, which refer to his trade as a baker and biscuit maker. The third refers to a court case.

In January 1860 Jerome and his wife Mary Ann laid a complaint against Margaret McGee for leaving their employment.

A report on the case under the heading Perth Police Court on page 3 of the Perth Gazette newspaper of 20
October 1860. View the newspaper on microfilm at the State Library.

State Records Office holds the 19the century archives of the Perth Magistrates’ Court, which include ‘informations’ or depostions lodged before the cases were heard in the Police Court. Amongst these are the depositions signed by Jerome and his wife ‎(although she could not sign her own name)‎, and dated 7 January 1860.
Search Room archival reference is, SROWA consignment 3287 item 14. ‎(Alexander Library Building-Perth)‎

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Family with Parents
Father
Francesc "Fourth son of 9 brothers" Rodoreda ‎(I5594)‎
Birth 3 April 1809 Village of Santa Maria D'Olo near Vic in the province of Barges, out of Barcelona, Catalonia, SPAIN
Death Yes
Mother
Elisabet "? Isabel Reverter ?" Rebarte ‎(I5593)‎
Birth Catalonia, SPAIN
Death Yes
#1
Jeroni ‎(Jerome)‎ "Jeronimo ‎(Spanish)‎" Rodoreda ‎(I4945)‎
Birth 1833 23
Death 26 March 1910 ‎(Age 77)‎ St Benedicts Hospital Malvern Vic
Family with Mary Anne Hines
Jeroni ‎(Jerome)‎ "Jeronimo ‎(Spanish)‎" Rodoreda ‎(I4945)‎
Birth 1833 23
Death 26 March 1910 ‎(Age 77)‎ St Benedicts Hospital Malvern Vic
Wife
Mary Anne Hines ‎(I4997)‎
Birth 1833 Ireland
Death 5 November 1881 ‎(Age 48)‎ Perth

Religious Marriage: 14 January 1856
1 year
#1
Daughter (Birth)
Isabella Mary Rodoreda ‎(I5000)‎
Birth 1857 24 24
Death 30 September 1909 ‎(Age 52)‎ Age: 43 Yarra Bend Melbourne
#2
Daughter
#3
Son
#4
Daughter (Birth)
Margaret "one of the twins" Rodoreda ‎(I5003)‎
Birth 15 November 1862 29 29 Perth
Death 1862
#5
Daughter
Maria "‎(twin)‎" Rodoreda ‎(I6467)‎
Birth 15 November 1862 29 29 Perth
Death 1863 ‎(Age 47 days)‎
#6
Son
#7
Son (Birth)
Joseph John Rodoreda ‎(I5005)‎
Birth 1865 32 32
Death 1869 ‎(Age 4)‎ Perth
#8
Son
#9
Daughter