There would be few who shopped at the Fyshwick Markets from the 1970s who didn't accept slices of apple or pear off Joe's knife at his shop, Wiffen's. It is certainly a fond memory for this librarian, of Joe the Fruit Man.
Giuseppe Gianpiero (Joe) Giugni at Fyshwick Markets, 2 May 1987
Source: Porter, Michael, Canberra Times Collection, Images ACT number 001141
The Giugni family originate in the mountain village of Colda in northern Italy, about 50km from St Moritz in Switzerland. Joe was born there on 11 May 939, to Arturo Giugni, a soldier in the Alpini, and Caterina nee de Pedro. Arturo was seldom home during the war, fighting first in Libya, then Greece, then dying on the Russian Front in 1942. The war came to Sondrio, the nearest town, in the form of air raids; when the sirens went off the family took cover under Joe’s grandfather’s chestnut trees beyond the vineyard.