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Carl Ratazzi

ratazziCarl Peter Ludwig Ratazzi, 1865-1925, was born in Frankfurt. He moved to Sydney in 1889, where was he was 'naturalized' British. In late 1900, he and wife and three children moved to Fremantle, where he was the agent for NDL, from his office at 5 Mouat St. He had a fine house called Villa Maria in Queen Victoria St. One of the founding members of the German Club at 195 High St, he was interned as an 'enemy alien' shortly after the outbreak of WW1. After the war he returned to Germany.

References and Links

Boch, Sebastian 2014, 'The Kaiser's spy on Queen Victoria Street', Fremantle Studies, 8: 37-46.

Webb, David & David Warren 2005, Fremantle: Beyond the Round House, Longley, Fremantle: 16-17. [The authors retail the unlikely rumour that Ratazzi spied on shipping movements from the attic of 5 Mouat St. The photo is from the book, and it seems to be taken from Battye's Cyclopedia of WA.]


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