RIVA Ferdinand

Name Ferdinand RIVA
Country Of Origin Italy
Born 1806
Died 1860
Birth/Baptism Born approx. 1806, Lake Como, Italy
Parents Stephano Riva (publican)
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Watchmaker, Jeweller, Silversmith
Work Locations Launceston
Street Address
Charles Street, Launceston
Marriage/Spouse Catherine Traynor (d. 26 June 1863, Launceston, Tasmania)
Trial 22 October 1834, West Riding Quarter Sessions, York, England
Sentence Fourteen years transportation for receiving stolen money and watches
Arrival 8 October 1835 on the convict ship, Aurora (1)
Police Number 1092
Convict Assignment
Ticket of Leave April 1842
Conditional Pardon July 1845
Other Other recorded occupations: Labourer, Weather glassmaker, General dealer, Stationer.

Approx. 1841- June 1845: Partnership with Carlo Brentani (Brentani and Riva).

Brentani and Riva were from Lake Como in Italy, worked together in Sheffield, England, were sentenced on the same day, and arrived in Van Diemen’s Land in 1841 on the convict ship, Aurora (1). Following the dissolution of the partnership they held an auction to sell their entire stock. A few weeks later, they were conducting businesses separately a few doors from each other, Ferdinand in his old premises.

December 1844: Advertised as a clockmaker, watchmaker, jeweller, and manufacturer of barometers, thermometers, hydrometers, and looking glasses.

From approx. March 1848-1852: Advertised a subscription-based circulating library.
1851: Advertised repairs of accordions and flutinas.

1853: Naturalisation granted.
January 1853: Ferdinand regularly advertised to buy gold; the business suffered a burglary with approximately 500 ounces of gold stolen in a tin cash box.

Death 16 July 1860, at his residence, Charles Street, Launceston
Douglas Wilkie, Frankenstein, Convicts and Wide-awake Geniuses: The Life and Death of Charles Brentani, Victorian Historical Journal, Volume 87, Number 1, June 2016.
TAHO: CON27/1/2 [Ferdinando Riva], CON31/1/37 [Fernando Riva], CON18/1/4, CON14/1/51, CON13/1/7, SC415/1/1 no.10, RGD35/1/29 no166 Death 1860, AD960/1/5 1860, RGD35/1/32 no410 Death 1863 [Catherine Riva].
Web: Founders & Survivors convict database.
Cornwall Chronicle 11 December 1844, 19 July 1845, 1 November 1848, 5 November 1851, 16 June 1852, 22 January 1853, 5 February 1853, 18 July 1860; Colonial Times 10 January 1853; The Examiner (Launceston) 4 March 1848, 24 Mar 1853.