AngeloTornaghi – Scientific Instrument Maker, Sydney – 1831-1906

Angelo Tornaghi, Australian Men of Mark, 1889

Angelo Tornaghi was born Milan in 1831 and arrived in Sydney in 1855 where he worked as a local agent for the London based scientific instrument firm, Negretti & Zambra. In 1858 he helped supervise the adjustment of Negretti & Zambra instruments which had been ordered for the newly completed Sydney Observatory.

By 1860 it appears Tornaghi decided to go into business importing, and making his own scientific instruments.1In November 1860 the Sydney Morning Herald advertised the movement of Mr. Gay a watch and chronometer maker from his premises in Margaret Street to a new shop at 28 Bridge Street. This it seems is the earliest record of Tornaghi’s new business as the premises was shared with Mr. Tornaghi, mathematical instrument maker.2 28 Bridge Street was also the Tornaghi’s family home for on the 9th August 1861 Mrs. Tornaghi gave birth to her baby daughter in this house.3 Continue reading “AngeloTornaghi – Scientific Instrument Maker, Sydney – 1831-1906”