Frano Getaldić-Gundulić

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Not to be confused with Fran Dživo Gundulić.
Frano Getaldić-Gundulić
Born August 8, 1833
Dubrovnik, Kingdom of Dalmatia within Austrian Empire (modern Croatia)
Died July 3, 1899 (aged 65)
Dubrovnik, Austria-Hungary (modern Croatia)
Pen name Francesco Ghetaldi-Gondola
Occupation politician
Nationality Ragusan/Serbian

Baron Francesco Ghetaldi-Gondola [1] (Serbian Cyrillic: Франо Геталдић-Гундулић) or Frano Getaldić-Gundulić (August 8, 1833 - July 3, 1899), born Francesco Ghetaldi-Gondola, was a Ragusan politician, the first son of Sigismondo Ghetaldi-Gondola and Malvina Ursula de Bosdari. Francesco was a member of the Knights of St. John from 1889 until the death of the Mayor of Dubrovnik. He was decorated with the Cross of Devotion (S.M.O) on June 15, 1857. He fought in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871). Francesco founded the Philatelic Society in Dubrovnik on December 4, 1890.


For other side Baron Gondola, an improving landlord and horticulturist of Lapad, introduced some years ago brussels sprouts, blue cabbage, and other vegetables, later he founded an Agronomy school in Lapad, Gruž. Francesco was the first to install in the old city electrical energy to light the streets; and was in 1894 who gave permission for Hotel Imperial's construction and thus to begin the policy of promoting tourism, which lasts until today.

He was carried along with the International Committee composed for the English ladies Miss Adeline Pauline Irby (*1831 +1911 Sarajevo) and Miss Priscilla Johnston (+1912 England) under m.Gabriel de Wesselitsky-Bojidarovitch, for Herzegovin refugees peoples. He wrote to the Times magazine, asking for further help for the refugees; his letter appeared on 12 April 1875. More than 150,000 people took refuge in Austro-Hungary in 1875 due to the Herzegovinian rebellion.

In 1889 the Serbian political circle in Dubrovnik supported baron Francesco Gondola, the candidate of the Autonomist Party (Dalmatians who were pro-Italian), in the 1890 election to the Parliament of Dalmatia, against the candidate of the People's Party (Dalmatians who were pro-Croatian).[2] In the following year during the election of the local government, the Autonomous Party with the Serbian Party won the municipal election in Dubrovnik. Francesco was re-elected as the municipal chief in 1894 after a tumultuous election.[3] He was affiliated with the Serb Catholic movement in 19th-century Dubrovnik and belonged to the pro-Italian Autonomist Party, but he himself wrote that he "wasn't Croatian, Serbian or Italian in his ethnic affiliation, rather a Ragusan (Raguseo)".[4]

In 1893 he opened the monument for Ivan Gundulić in Gundulić Square during the politically controversial unveiling of the Gundulić monument. Francesco lived with his sister Maria in the Villa Gondola.

Francesco committed suicide in 1899, one day after delivering the account of the treasury of the municipality. The political opponents sabotaged their local government, stolen 10,000 florins of the local treasury.

He was buried in the St. Mihajlo family cemetery in Lapad (in the Gruž district).

Coat of arms of Ghetaldi-Gondola family

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Jan Lewandowski (1996). Trudna tożsamość: problemy narodowościowe i religijne w Europie Środkowo-Wschodniej w XIX i XX wieku. Instytut Europy Środkowo-Wschodnej. ISBN 83-85854-17-7. 
  3. ^ Jelić, Lidija. "O jednom zanimljivom nalazu u Biblioteci SANU ili jedno moguće čitanje plakata" (PDF) (in Serbian). Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Retrieved 2012-03-27.  |section= ignored (help)
  4. ^ Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2004). Anali Zavoda za povijesne znanosti Hrvatske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti u Dubrovniku. Dubrovnik. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 

External links[edit]

  • [2] Turks and Christians: A Solution of the Eastern Question, James Lewis Farley
  • [3] Dubrovačke slike i prilike, 1800–1880, Josip Bersa
  • [4] Gospar Ivo, Mirko Žeželj.
  • [5] Dalmatinski sabor, 1861.-1912. (1918.) god, Ivo Perič.
  • [6] Politicka misao Frana Supila, Ivo Petrinovic.
  • [7] Hrvatski narodni preporod u Splitu: u povodu stogodišnjice ponarođenja splitske općine 1882, Duško Kečkemet.
  • [8] Razvitak turizma u Dubrovniku i okolici od pojave parobrodarstva do 1945. godine, Ivo Perić