Twins Angela Gaviglio and Ester Baiano share a laugh yesterday as they celebrate their 92nd birthday with family in Mackay.
Twins Angela Gaviglio and Ester Baiano share a laugh yesterday as they celebrate their 92nd birthday with family in Mackay. Lee Constable

Mischievious Mackay twins celebrate 92nd birthday

"GOOD children", a life without drinking and having fun are a few key points to living a long and healthy life.

That's the message from not-so-identical-now twins Ester Baiano and Angela Gaviglio, who celebrated their 92nd birthday yesterday.

But, that never used to be the case.

The pair touched on the mischief they used to get up to back in the day; they even wore the same clothing.

Ester Baiano and Angela Gaviglio at the seaside.
Ester Baiano and Angela Gaviglio at the seaside.

"You'd be surprised of the amount of people who mistook us for each other," Mrs Baiano said. "We were so much alike when we were younger that even our husbands made the mistake."

"On my husband's 18th birthday, he turned 'round and started kissing Angela.

"He didn't notice it wasn't me until I spoke.

"We had so much fun. We just went along with it."

Mrs Baiano said she and her sister were one of four sets of twins throughout the region when they arrived to Mackay in 1926.

"We were the only ones who were so much alike. We were identical," she said. "We were known for being so close.

"The others were a bit different in looks."

LEFT: Maggiorino and Maria Caracciolo with the twins, Ester and Angela and their younger brother Louie.
LEFT: Maggiorino and Maria Caracciolo with the twins, Ester and Angela and their younger brother Louie.

The best memory the pair said they had of Mackay was growing up on a sugar farm.

"We had a cafe and we had a farm with mum and dad," Mrs Gaviglio said. "We had a lot of fun, us two."

Travelling was also another big milestone Mrs Gavigilo said she ticked off her bucket list.

"I travelled a lot," she said. "I've been to America, I've been to England, and I've been all over Australia."

"New Zealand and Tasmania too."

However, Mackay was still the best place to be, as she's been here her "entire life".

So what's the secret to living to 92?

Mrs Baiano and Mrs Gaviglio couldn't pinpoint the answer.

Nephew David Caracciolo said the secret his aunties had to a long and prosperous life was good food.

"They've never drank, and they've just been hard workers and I think that's their secret," he said.

"They had farms in Habana and that's where they grew up."

Mr Caracciolo said his best memory of the pair of them was cooking for the family.

His father Louie was the third and youngest sibling to the twins.

"You wake up in the morning and the kitchen table can have nothing on it, and in just two seconds it would have toast, jam, cheese, cereal, bacon, and it's got eggs," he said.

"You used to wonder where it all came from.

"Their cooking was just incredible... it was just the old Italian way."

Mr Caracciolo said the pair even used to make their own ravioli.

"With their pasta sauces and their homemade ravioli, you had to get the weather right," he said.

"It had to be a really sunny day, no moisture in the air to roll it up and iron it out on the table with flour."

It was a speciality passed down generation to generation.

Mr Caracciolo said Mrs Baiano and Mrs Gaviglio, and his father had about 20 grandchildren each - and that's not including great grandchildren.


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