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William Gingell

Full Name William Gingell
Date of Birth 21st May 1880
Place of Birth Floriana, Malta
Father John Gingell
Mother Ann Littlejohn
Siblings Maria, Edward, Charles, George, John, Joseph, Elizabeth, Alfred
Spouse Maria Camenzuli
Date of Marriage 16th January 1904
Place of Marriage Porto Salvo Parish, Valletta, Malta
Children Joseph, Mary, John, Emily, Infant, Emmanuel, Vincenza
Date of Death 26th April 1926
Place of Death Hamrun, Malta
Other Information Eldest son of John Gingell, became the first of the third generation of auctioneers in the Gingell family line. William is remembered as very successful in his business, and his family lived in in luxury. He was a spendthrift, buying the best clothes, changing his car every so often and also keeping race horses.

A. Macmillan, in his account 'St Mary and Gibraltar' (1913), states: "Mr Gingell who plies the hammer, is certainly well fitted for the work, possesing a thorough knowledge of local potentialities and values and all the qualities essential to the successful auctioneer." and, further, he mentions, "Mr William Gingell, whose family for three generations have been the principal exponents of auctioneering in St Mary, sells anything that can be converted into ready cash, and more than one of the furniture sales realised no less than 3, 000 pounds."

But when he ventured in the brewing industry in partnership with E.G. Geoghegan, whose father had established a sparkling water plant, he was ruined financially. However, either this partnership, or the family malady of gambling and drinking put him and his family in dire straits. This was more pronounced when he died young aged 46 and left his widow to make ends meet with six children, the youngest being just over a year old.

William Gingell

William Gingell (1880-1926) son of John Gingell and Ann Littlejohn - photo circa 1890


William Gingell and Carmela Camenzuli

William Gingell and Maria Camenzuli - photo circa 1920

Submitted By Alexander Gingell
Last Updated 5th July 2013
Reference ID 01024


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