Livorno, Italy on 13 March 1861 the son of Angiolo Ramaciotti a coachman and
Cleofe née Corti; he migrated to Queensland in his early teens and
joined the Rockhampton Volunteers in 1878. Two years later he was
naturalised. Moving to Sydney and without any education in law, he became a
law clerk for the well-known firm “Minter, Simpson & Co”. In 1904 with Sir
George Tallis (1869-1948) they formed a partnership with the prominent American
theatrical entrepreneur J. C. Williamson (1845-1913), a period that proved
profitable for Ramaciotti. He sold his share in the firm in 1911 just after
the company “J. C. Williamson Ltd” was floated serving as managing director
and with the proceeds purchased the Theatre Royal, Sydney for £15,000. It was around this
time that Ramaciotti was believed to have commanded a detachment to the
coronation of King George V on 22 June 1911. Attached for a period with the
Royal Dublin Fusiliers at Aldershot, he also spent a period with the Italian
Army before the commencement of hostilities with Turkey serving with
headquarters; he wrote of his experiences in “Tripoli, a narrative of the
principal engagements of the Italian-Turkish War during the period 23
October 1911 to 15 June 1912” (1912). With the New South Wales armed
forces, Ramaciotti held a number of appointments, his first in 1890 as 2nd
lieutenant with the 2nd Infantry Regiment. Promoted in 1909 to
lieutenant-colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Australian Infantry
Regiment, after his absence overseas, he was given command of the 24th
Infantry (2nd Sydney Battalion). Initially given charge of the 11th
Infantry Brigade, age and poor health conspired against an overseas posting
during World War I and in November 1915 he became Military Commandant of New
South Wales. His final appointment was in 1917 - the year he was appointed C.M.G - as Inspector-General of Administration with the Defence Department
in Melbourne. Ramaciotti retired in March 1920 with the honorary rank of
major-general and returned to Italy. In 1927, during a trip to Australia,
he became ill with dental sepsis and later died at Mount St. Evin’s
Hospital. His estate was valued at £91,485.
Monumental Headstone (enlarge
ADB Volume 11 1891-1939 (Nes-Smi).
AWM “Biographical Cards for the Official
History 1914-18”, AWM140.
Scott, E., “The Official History of Australia
in the War of 1914-1918”, Vol IX (1989).
Melbourne Punch 9 February 1911.
The Town and Country Journal 24 January 1917.
The Sydney Morning Herald 26 January 1917 & 7
The Australasian 19 December 1912 & 10
The Herald 6 & 7 December 1927.
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