The Rosanelli Sisters Return to the Virgin Islands for a Holiday


ROSANELLI-SISTERS-ok1The Rosanelli sisters arrived here from Graz, Austria, last Saturday for a week-long holiday. Their stay was most enjoyable as it became a visit down memory lane. In fact, Veronika and Maria are the daughters of the late Johannes David Rosanelli, MD and Irmstraud Rosanelli MD, both were under contract at Peebles Hospital during the early 1950s. They had two daughters, Veronika, the older one, came to Tortola with the parents from Antigua where they had stayed for a few months before coming to the BVI. While here, their second daughter, Maria, was born in Road Town. Maria is very proud that the birthplace line on her passport reads “Road Town”.  The Rosanellis resided at Britannic Hall, Main Street, and Veronika remembers that a very nice beach was very close to their home. She was surprised when she did not see one.  The old Rosanellis letters mention very familiar names like the Roys, Millie and Christopher (Chris) Hammersley, Nurse Titley, Reverend Pipe and Mrs. Pipe, Mr. Wagner, Commissioner Cruickshank, Mr. Charles Brudenell-Bruce, as well as a local lady who owned Buck Island and the well-known Glanville Fonseca. While in Road Town, Veronika and Maria Rosanelli spent a couple hours with former chief librarian Miss Yvonne McKetney reminiscing about the old days. They also received a warm welcome from Minister for Education Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (pictured here flanked by Veronika Rosanelli Seebacher at left and Maria E. Rosanelli at right). [Photo by Giorgio Migliavacca]