Promo: “When I Was a Lad and Later” by Raymond Scheicher

Raymond book picThe following is contributed content from Raymond J. Scheicher, author of When I Was a Lad and Later, a non-fiction e-book. He’s running a promo through tomorrow in which he’s offering a related DVD. This is not an especially grammatical book, as you’ll see from the copy below, which I have not edited. However, the subject matter might interest some folks, so here it is…


This book is an introduction of a family known by the name of D’Angri, fourth generation of Natale Spiridion Giorgio, miner, arriving to Australia in 1852 at Ballarat Victoria Australia.

Mr. Norman David with his late brother William Noel D’Angri had turning back the clock in their youth.

Systematically both were walking around Ballarat to remember how it was in their younger years.

Their memories are in their hearts forever. They do remember how they lost their uncle hero in WWI, when he departed and never returned to Ballarat.

Mr. Norm is still living in Ballarat, going strong along with his wife of over 50 years, Val D’Angri nee Lawn. Val is a very remarkable woman in Ballarat. Her great-grandmother was also involved in the sewing up of the Eureka in the flag in 1854, and for many years, Val was involved in restoring this flag for Ballarat museum to maintain the history of Ballarat.

Norm and Val are daily involved in participating and restoring historical photographs, documents etc. Val has obtained many awards of appreciations from different societies for her work as well as and including Norm.

I do admire them for their friendship and honesty for the last 12 years including helping me out with materials and permission to publish two books and this book that you have opportunity to read now is your opportunity to obtain knowledge of the D’Angri descendant of a man from Corfu – Greece – Ionian Islands.

The second book published later this year in which I tracked down Angri/Angli/ Dangri/Daneri/D’Angri from year 1700. I did come across a few mysteries about this family and the research is still in the open air.

Norm and William were trying to trace back their own ancestors since 1993, and Italian Historical Society in Melbourne wrote to them in a letter congratulating them that they are ‘Noble’.

Many historians that are mentioning D’Angri family have blotted wrong information, the dates and stories. My researches were located from direct and original documents from sources in Archives and Catholic registrars of birth, marriages and deaths of D’Angri ancestors.

Noble Norman David D’Angri is fourth generation of Natale Spiridion Giorgio D’Angri born in Naples and migrated to Corfu Greece under British protectorate. There is evidence that D’Angri is a noble name and connected to the Dorian family and Prince D’Angri.

Norman was born in Ballarat and is still residing at the same city today.

Natale arrived to Australia in 1852 during a gold rush, and not long after his arrival he struck gold with his group of Greek and Italians. His sister Elena D’Angri was also first Greek soprano opera singer and was appointed as Countess by Austrian Emperor. Natale returned back to Europe and after he got his fortune in Ballarat, he handed a large some of money to his sister Elena, to distribute it amongst his family but somehow she kept her money for herself.

Natale returned back to Ballarat a few years later and become a Golden Gardener at his own plant nursery.

‘This book ‘WHEN I WAS A LAD AND LATER’ is only the introduction of D’Angri name in Australia and a master book of this family is still under-research and will be published sometime this year.

Norman is living a simple life with his wife Valda and still residing in Ballarat. Valda is also part of Eureka History.

Norm and Val are involved in all aspects of Ballarat research and both well respected amongst community at Ballarat.

Book 1 is published with an ‘introduction’ and another four parts due to the space available with KDP. When you finish reading ‘introduction’ you can continue your readings of the other four parts.

Enjoy your reading.


Raymond’s Bio

It is now 51 years since I arrived in Australia what once was called a ‘New Land’ and where money grew on the trees. But on the other hand money was growing out of your hands and in simple words we were all baptised as ‘Wogs.’

But today after so many years being here I’ve my reservations as to why as a young man did I head to this part of the world?

For many years I worked all the dirty jobs that were paying for me and my parents. My father died 3 weeks after my arrival to Australia. At many stages I was working two shifts to earn double money pounds and shillings at that time.

While working I started to educate myself as a part time student in the evening, and my education was continued during all my jobs and even when I got married. I was hardly at home during those times.

My achievements with education had given me better jobs and promotions with good wages and a company car. I did manage to get many Diplomas and Certificate in many different fields.

My very last position I held was General Manager’ with a large fashion company, but due to high imports of goods to Australia from Asia many Fashion  and clothing manufacturing companies have closed down or moved overseas due to competition of wages scales.

In the year 1998 I returned back to studies and had firstly achieved a degree in ‘Doctorate of Philosophy in History Research’, soon after that I studied for a Diploma of Journalism. The next step was to study more of Journalism and I have been awarded with a ‘Higher Diploma in Journalism.’ I moved further on and had undertaken the Certificate in Professional writing – Genealogy & Historical writing. My very last schooling have been completed in 2008 in ‘90859 NSW – Certificate III in News Media.’ I believe that my total education is close to 40 years, and I’m proud to say that I have become an ‘Author-Journalist-Genealogist.’

All my life I wanted to be writer but my life wasn’t easy especially when you are married, studying and working to earn your bread and butter. Children of today should be happy that are living in ‘Era of High Technology and spoiled by their parents and the government in their country.  I had nothing like this when I was young… only strict discipline by my parents and today I’m grateful to them.

Certainly I’m married and also have two most beautiful and loved Granddaughters and I can see that both are following in my footsteps.

Writing History and researching will be in my veins until I’m off this planet. Apart from History writing I’m also a follower of Crimes in 23 countries, as at some stage I was (for few years) reporting crimes to an organization in North Carolina USA.

I’m registered and holder of:

‘International Press Card’ with International Federation of Journalists

‘Australian News Syndicate’

‘Media, Entertainment & Art Alliance’

At this time I’m still researching D’Angri family and two more books about this family will soon be published.

But my special book will be perhaps the last with title: ‘Desiree and Napoleon,’ and why Napoleon Bonaparte you will be perhaps wondering? He was my favourite in my History subject when I went to Primary School.

This is my basic Biography for all of you readers if you are willing to keep turning pages in my book; ‘WHEN I WAS A LAD AND LATER’ and viewing my DVD.


Author – Journalist – Genealogist

2013 Australia

Where to find Raymond:!/raymondj.scheicher

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“Naturally, I cannot remember much at all about my formative years, although there is some visual evidence around that indicates that I was an exceptionally gorgeous child with beautiful blue eyes and fair curly hair (Just like now, but for “fair read “grey”)

WW2 started to disrupt our family and we certainly expected this at any time

“I remember that on one occasion he asked the class if anyone had ambitions to be a draughtsman. Five or six of us put up our hands, and Banjo started up a little quiz, using drawing terms as questions. Eventually I won the quiz and as most likely to become a draughtsman, he asked me to “shut the classroom windows to keep the draught out”