Feb 26 2015
Editor: We would like to thank Maria’s daughter Caroline Mac Donald for this most interesting record of her Mother’s life together with family photographs. Maria has been a great supporter of our village using it’s shops regularly over the years living both in Bilting and Wye. We take this opportunity to wish her a very Happy 100th Birthday!
Maria Mac Donald , known universally as Mia, was born In Kaltern, a small village in the Province of Bozen in Italy on 1st March 1915. Her father Karl, was a lawyer whilst her mother Annunziata, was a countess. At the time she was born Kaltern, in fact the whole area known now as Alto Adige, was part of Austria. At the end of WWI (Austria having lost the war), this area was ceded to Italy. Mia was the second of eight children ( 5 boys and 3 girls). Her family spent time between her home in Kaltern and her maternal grandparents house in Trento. Initially home schooled by her aunt , then at the age of 11 Mia at was sent to boarding school in Germany. She was a bright child though always in trouble for her tomboy behaviour! When it was time for her to go to a senior school, she would have loved to study classics, however with little money and 3 boys to educate, it was decided she would be better off in a school studying home economics. She did well and throughout her life was an excellent cook and excellent seamstress! Things were not easy for her parents as her father was anti Mussolini, not a good thing in an area that Mussolini was determined should become fully Italian. Continue Reading »