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submitted by George Poulos on 17.11.2005

Ollie Konstandinou (Tzortzo)Poulos. Her gravesite in relationship to "Georgie" Thomas's.

As mentioned in another entry, on Saturday 12th November, 2005, I drove to Dubbo, in central western New South Wales - to search for the gravesiste of my baby sister. I had never visited the gravesite in the 53 years of my life, to date.

Ollie Con(standinou) (Tzortzo)Poulos. Searching for baby Ollie

After much searching - see the entry above - I eventually found the site.

The site was a roughly 4 feet (120 cm's)x 3ft (90 cm's) patch of typical red "Bulli soil" - littered with small fragments of broken glass.

I found the site by the good fortune, that, unlike other clay markers in Old Dubbo Cemetery, Ollie's marker had remained in situ for 51 years.

Etched deep into the clay marker depicted in this photograph is the number 3142. The numbers are carved in at an angle, in a manner similar to the old road side markers measuring the distances between towns on country roads.

See also:

Record of Death and Order for Internment Certificate, Ollie Poulos

Old Dubbo Cemetery sign. Looking from Myall Street; the southern end

Locating Ollie's gravesite. A Co-ordinate system.

The question now, is to endeavour to devise a co-ordinates system, by which other members of the family can also readily locate the gravesite.

The best system is to

1. Obtain a map of Old Dubbo Cemetery.

Location Map of the Old Dubbo Cemetery

2. Enter the cemetery via the Myall Street, (Southern) Gate - Myall St. Entrance, on the map.

3. Walk west until you arrive at the section marked Babies on the map.

4. If you walk close to the Southern fence you will arrive at a prominent child's gravesite which is designed like a childs crib, or cot.

This is located 12 rows back from the Barden Avenue, and Myall Street Corner. (Far west of the cemetery).

5. From the child's crib gravesite - head due north, and count along 12 rows of graves (even if they do not have headstones, or are non-existent).

6. There you will find clay marker stone 3142.

7. Adjoining 3142, directly to the East, is the grave-site of a little boy called "Georgie".
This has a deep brown marble gravestone, and is inscribed:
In Loving Memory
of
Georgie
Beloved Infant Son of
G and L Thomas
Died 8/2/59
Aged 5 weeks


"Georgie" is also enscribed in white across the gravestone.

Tragically, it also includes the inscription:

Our Dear Son
David J Thomas
Died 22.1.60
Aged 2 days

That is, a double infant fatality in the Thomas family.

If you stand in front of the Thomas gravesite, and look due West, the first marker "behind" the end of Thomas gravesite, is Ollie's marker stone.

The photograph above, is what you will see - when you do that.

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submitted by George Poulos on 17.11.2005

Ollie Konstandinou (Tzortzo)Poulos. Grave site.

As mentioned in another entry, on Saturday 12th November, 2005, I drove to Dubbo, in central western New South Wales - to search for the gravesiste of my baby sister. I had never visited the gravesite in the 53 years of my life, to date.

Ollie Con(standinou) (Tzortzo)Poulos. Searching for baby Ollie

After much searching - see the entry above - I eventually found the site.

The site was a roughly 4 feet (120 cm's)x 3ft (90 cm's) patch of typical red "Bulli soil" - littered with small fragments of broken glass.

I found the site by the good fortune, that, unlike other clay markers in Old Dubbo Cemetery, Ollie's marker had remained in situ for 51 years.

Etched deep into the clay marker depicted in this photograph is the number 3142. The numbers are carved in at an angle, in a manner similar to the old road side markers measuring the distances between towns on country roads.

See also:

Record of Death and Order for Internment Certificate, Ollie Poulos

Old Dubbo Cemetery sign. Looking from Myall Street; the southern end

The question now, is to endeavour to devise a co-ordinates system, by which other members of the family can also locate the gravesite.

The best system is to

1. Obtain a map of Old Dubbo Cemetery.

Location Map of the Old Dubbo Cemetery

2. Enter the cemetery via the Myall Street, (Southern) Gate - Myall St. Entrance, on the map.

3. Walk west until you arrive at the section marked Babies on the map.

4. If you walk close to the Southern fence you will arrive at a prominent child's gravesite which is designed like a childs crib, or cot.

This is located 12 rows back from the Barden Avenue, and Myall Street Corner. (Far west of the cemetery).

5. From the child's crib gravesite - head due north, and count along 12 rows of graves (even if they do not have headstones, or are non-existent).

6. There you will find clay marker stone 3142.

7. Adjoining 3142, directly to the East, is the grave-site of a little boy called "Georgie".
This has a deep brown marble gravestone, and is inscribed:
In Loving Memory
of
Georgie
Beloved Infant Son of
G and L Thomas
Died 8/2/59
Aged 5 weeks


"Georgie" is also enscribed in white across the gravestone.

Tragically, it also includes the inscription:

Our Dear Son
David J Thomas
Died 22.1.60
Aged 2 days

That is, a double infant fatality in the Thomas family.

If you stand in front of the Thomas gravesite, and look due West, the first marker "behind" the end of Thomas gravesite, is Ollie's marker stone.

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submitted by George Poulos on 16.11.2005

Old Dubbo Cemetery. Location Map.

This is the Location Map for Old Dubbo Cemetery

It is the oldest of 3 cemetries extant in the New South Wales Country town of Dubbo.

The cemetery is bounded by Cobborah Road to the North, Barden Avenue to the West, and Myall Street to the South.

Old Dubbo Cemetery sign. Looking from Myall Street; the southern end

Ownership and maintenance of the cemetery was assumed by Dubbo Municipal Council in 1967.

It is a pleasant and well maintained cemetery. Many volunteers spend many hours ensuring that it remains so. New fencing around the perimeter also helps in maintaining the cemetery at a high standard.

Members of at least 4 Kytherian families are buried in Old Dubbo Cemetery. Amongst them, Condoleon, Samios, and Feros.

One Kytherian buried there, Ollie Konstandinou (Tzortzo)Poulos, is buried in an unmarked grave, in the babies section, in the South-West corner.

Ollie Con(standinou) (Tzortzo)Poulos. Searching for baby Ollie.

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submitted by George Poulos on 16.11.2005

Old Dubbo Cemetery.

Old Dubbo Cemetery is the oldest of 3 cemetries extant in the New South Wales Country town of Dubbo.

The cemetery is bounded by Cobborah Road to the North, Barden Avenue to the West, and Myall Street to the South.

Location Map of the Old Dubbo Cemetery

Ownership and maintenance of the cemetery was assumed by Dubbo Municipal Council in 1967.

It is a pleasant and well maintained cemetery. Many volunteers spend many hours ensuring that it remains so. New fencing around the perimeter also helps in maintaining the cemetery at a high standard.

Members of at least 4 Kytherian families are buried in Old Dubbo Cemetery. Amongst them, Condoleon, Samios, and Feros.

One Kytherian buried there, Ollie Konstandinou (Tzortzo)Poulos, is buried in an unmarked grave, in the babies section, in the South-West corner.

Ollie Con(standinou) (Tzortzo)Poulos. Searching for baby Ollie.

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submitted by Jim Tzannes on 20.09.2005

Theodore Souris and his wife Kanella Souris.

Gravestone of Theodore Souris and his wife Kanella Souris, in the Gunnedah cemetery.

Theodore (Theo) was born on the 10th April, 1918, and died on 30th August, 1980.

Kanella was born on the 12th March, 1914, and died on 24th December, 2003.

From the symbolism on the gravestone, Theo was obviously a proud Mason.

The history of Kytherians in Gunnedah has been well canvassed at kythera-family.net. Search under Gunnedah.

History of the Kytherian presence in Gunnedah

A photograph of Theo Souris in his prime

Souris Car Park - Commemorating the Souris presence in Gunnedah

Biography of second eldest son, George Souris, M.P.


I would like to thank Patricia Ducrow of Gunnedah for locating the gravesite, and providing a photograph of it.

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submitted by Jim Tzannes on 19.09.2005

Emmannuel Kepreotes. Gunnedah.

Gravestone of Emmannuel Kepreotes in the Gunnedah cemetery.

Passed away, 24th January, 1973.

The history of Kytherians in Gunnedah has been well canvassed at kythera-family.net. Search under Gunnedah.

History of the Kytherian presence in Gunnedah

A photograph of Emmannuel Kepreotes in his prime

Kepreotes car park. A lasting memorial to the Kepreotes presence in Gunnedah

I would like to thank Patricia Ducrow of Gunnedah for locating the gravesite, and providing a photograph of it.

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submitted by George Poulos on 22.02.2005

Mina (Mick) George Poulos, headstone.

Mina was born in Karavas, Kythera, in 1904. He died in 1958, aged 54.

He lived most of his working life in Crookwell, NSW.

He is buried together with his older brother Dimitri, in Goulburn, NSW, cemetery.

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submitted by George Poulos on 19.09.2005

Dimitri (James) George Poulos, Headstone.

Born Karavas, Kythera, in 1901, Dimitri Tzortzopoulos Hlihlis, was tragically killed in a car accident aged 35, in 1936.

He is buried together with his brother Mina, in Goulburn, NSW, cemetery.

Photograph of Dimitri's gravesite

Photograph and life history of Dimitri's father, George, and mother, Olympia, Karavas

Dimitri left Karavas, Kythera in 1922(?).

The circumstances of his life were tragic.

He established himself in Goulburn, where he owned a Refreshment Room in the main street.

Dimitri died as the result of injuries sustained in a car accident in 1936. He was travelling by car to go and see business he was wanting to purchase, in a neighbouring town, (West Wylong?). My father recalls that a fellow Greek in the car with him was severely injured - but recovered. This person later established a shop in Dubbo, NSW. Mrs Anastasia (Tassia) Varvaressos (nee, Zervis), later to "adopt" second eldest son Haralambos (Harry)- recalls that 2-3 persons were killed in this accident. Goulburn newspaper reports would establish the exact toll of the car accident.

Letter of Athena (Tzortzo)Poulos to mother-in-law Olympia, explaining the circumstances of Dimitri's death

A year later, wife Athena - died from cancer.

Leaving 4 young children under 6 years of age - George, Harry, Con and Olympia (Ollie) - without a parent.

No immediate Tzortzopoulos family support was available.

Panayoti, his brother, was recently arrived (1928), and only 22 years of age. And James's other 6 brothers and sisters were in Karavas, Kythera, or Pireaus.

An oral history told by Con Dimitri Tzortzo(Poulos), about brothers and sister, George, Harry, and Ollie

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submitted by George Poulos on 21.02.2005

Dimitri (James) George Poulos, and Mina (Mick) Poulos, joint gravesite, Goulburn NSW.

Dimitri and Mina were Tzortzopoulos brothers, Hlihlis, born in Karavas, Kythera. Dimitri lived in Goulburn, before being tragically killed in a car accident aged 35. Mina lived in Crookwell, and also died at a young age.

The ashes of George Dimitri Poulos (eldest son of Dimitri George, and Athena Poulos (nee, Connell), have also been placed in the gravesite.

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submitted by George Poulos on 21.02.2005

Levantis, Anastasios - "Tass", Goulburn.

Gravesite in Goulburn, NSW, cemetery.

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submitted by George Poulos on 21.02.2005

Levantis, Anastasios "Tass", Goulburn.

Headstone, at Goulburn, NSW, cemetery.

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submitted by Marina Fitzpatrick on 23.02.2005

Mavromatis - Kythera / Australia

Smaragdo Mavromatis(nee Kalopedes) died on 28/01/1947 aged 64 years,in Kythera.(photo's top & bottom left)The graveyard is somewhere near Potamos? My grandfather John Mavromatis died 3 weeks later on 18/02/1947 aged 72 years in Goomeri Queensland, Australia, where he is buried (photo bot.right) News of his wife's death hadn't reached him.
Also buried with my grandmother is her daughter,Stamatoula (Kominos) the only sibling of 6 who didn't emigrate to Australia, and my grandfather's brother George Mavromatis,who lived and worked for many years in Australia, travelling back and forth several times before returning to Kythera.

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submitted by George Poulos on 26.09.2007

Rosa Cassamaty (Hearn/Cavallini*) - Grave site

Rosa Cassamaty (Hearn/Cavallini) - Grave site.

[I am not totally convinced that this is Rosa's gravestone.
The Name at the top reads:
Yannis Angelou Kavallinis
The rest is difficult to decipher - but the date of death at the bottom is clearly 25th December 1905.
The birth date 12th October 1824(?) - would indicate that at least one of the persons interned in the grave is Rosa's second husband - John Cavallini.
Is she interned with him?
I will have to continue to try and decipher the name(s) in the centre of the epitaph.
Can you help?]

The story behind the posting of this photograph to kythera-family.net.

By end May, 2004, 10 "Hearn" entries have been posted to kythera-island.net., with a number of users also responding to the original article under People, subsection, High Achievers, by Late in 2003, by Eleni Harou, on 30.10.2003.

The historical background has been well covered in these 15 entries to date. Also by sophisticated "Hearn" web-sites, cited in the articles above.

My interest in Lafcadio Hearn and his mother was stimulated by a descendant, David Baldwin, who lives in Osaka, Japan. I have become very intrigued by both Rosa and Lafcadio.

David lamented that at least two very important documents had not yet surfaced re: the pair.

1. Photograph of Rosa
2. Birth Certificate of Lafcadio

I became convinced that endevouring to contact descendants of Rosa's second husband, Giovanni Cavallini, might also be an important first step in obtaining 1. and 2 above.

Briefly: "Giovanni Cavallini was a Kithira Islander of Italian descent, was a man of some standing. He was Ionian Islands' Vice Consul for Austria-Hungary. Prior to that he was a Governor of Cerigotto (sic) during the British Protectorate. His hobby was collecting antiquities.

Four Children were born to this couple on Cerigo Island:
Ziza Cavallini, Catherine Cavallini, Angelo Cavallini (who died in 1947) and George Cavallini b. March 25, 1872."

So I added:

3. More detail about second husband, Giovanni Cavallini.

4. Contact with Cavallini descendants.

When I was researching a completely different matter on the net - I stumbled, upon a reference to 12 photographs held at:

Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-2140
United States of America.

Phone: 515-294-9680

The Chief Archivist informed me that

"Photo's of interest were:

The seven photographs of the Cavalinni family (box 7, folder 15)
include photographs of Rosa's husband John Cavalinni, her father-in-law Aggelo
(or Angelo) Cavalinni, and her children George, Angelo (2 photographs, including
one of Angelo and his wife), Ziza (photographed with her husband Alkiriades
Lastiotis), and Catherine (photographed with her husband Mr. Petroheilou and
a child).

In addition to the photographs of Rosa Cassimati's tombstone and her girlhood home, Box 7 Folder 16 also contains a photograph of the home of Rosa's son John Cavalinni and two general views of Kythera and Kapsali Bay (one with a cross to show the location of Rosa's home and one showing
the location of her son's house). There are two different views of the tombstone- one showing the entire tombstone and one
showing the inscription. There are also two different views of Rosa's girlhood
home."

How, I asked did these photographs come to be in the possession of Ohio State University, and originally, in the posssession of the donor, Dorothea McClelland?

Answer:

"Dorothea McClelland became interested in Lafcadio Hearn's writings, in part because they reminded her of her childhood years spent in Japan.
Because of her interest, she made a study of Hearn and collected numerous materials related to him.

See,

http://www.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/manuscripts/MS266.html

While looking for information on Hearn's mother, McClelland corresponded with
a Mr. Anthony J. Stathis in Kythera, and he sent the photographs to her."

Now this is where the investigation becomes really exciting, and where all the possibilities that can be opened up by the nature of kythera-family.net become apparent. We are now entering into 3rd and 4th stage levels of research.

Questions now arising?

1. Does anyone have information about
Giovanni Cavallini?

2. Does anyone know the whereabouts of the descendants of Ziza Cavallini, Catherine Cavallini, Angelo Cavallini and George Cavallini?

3. Does anyone know the whereabouts of the descendants of Alkiriades
Lastiotis, husband of Ziza Cavallini, and Mr. Petroheilou, husband of Catherine Cavallini?

4. Does anyone know the history of, or is anyone a descendant of, the mysterious Mr. Anthony J. Stathis, who originally sent the photographs to Dorothea McClelland in the first place?

Unfortunately the cost of obtaining each photograph is US$39.

It is not a policy of kythera-island.net to pay for material. That would establish a bad precedent, which would inevitably lead to the economic demise of the site.

However, my personal curiosity has become overwhelming, and I have sent the funds off to purchase two (2) of the photographs;

1. the gravestone of Rosa, with inscription

2. a picture of second husband Giovanni Cavallini.

These have now been posted to the web-site.

If these prove helpful in illiciting further information, then I suspect, I will find a means to purchase the remaining 10 photographs.

CAN YOU HELP? IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE US$39 IN ORDER TO PURCHASE ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPH, PLEASE EMAIL ME BY CLICKING ON MY NAME (IN GREEN) AT THE TOP OF THIS ENTRY, AND I WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH MAILING DETAILS.

In the meantime would descendants of Giovanni Cavallini, Alkiriades Lastiotis, Mr. Petroheilou, and Mr. Anthony J. Stathis, please post any information they have onto kythera-family.net?

I would like to thank the Iowa State University Library/Special Collections department, in particular Melissa Gottwald, Collections Archivist, for supplying this photograph, and allowing us to reproduce it at kythera-family.net.

* Sometimes spelt Kavalini, Cavalinis, or Cavalenes.

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submitted by George Poulos on 31.05.2004

Vasilios (Bill) Gengos, Moree, NSW, Australia

Gravestone of Vasilios, known as Bill Gengos, located in Moree, NSW, Australia.

Bill's gravestone also tells the tragic tale of the death of his son, William, a WWII pilot, presumed shot down over Tobruk, on the 12th August, 1942, at the tender age of 26 years.

[For two (2) RAAF photographs taken shortly before William's tragic death see Photography Diaspora - subsection - Vintage Portraits/People.

Thank you to Peter Tsicalas, Inverell, for locating these photographs at the AWM.]

Perhaps his descendants can provide us with more complete life histories, for both Bill (Senior), and William Gengos?

The gravestone photograph was taken by Peter McCarthy - known in Greek circles as Panayoti Makarthis.

His "purachoukli" is "skoulandris", and his place of origin is Makarthiathika.

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submitted by George Poulos on 24.04.2004

Theodore Varvaressos Moree NSW Australia 1909-1956

Theodore Varvaressos Moree NSW Australia

The gravestone, located in the cemetery at Moree, in NSW, Australia, gives the life history of Theodore Varvaressos, clearly and distinctly.

Perhaps his descendants can provide us with a more complete life history?

The photograph was taken by Peter McCarthy - known in Greek circles as Panayoti Markarthis.

His "purachoukli" is "skouladris", and his place of origin is Makarthiathika.

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submitted by Peter Tzannes on 20.01.2004

HMS Gloucester Thank you Plaque

Plaque erected thanking the Kytherian People by the HMS Gloucster Association

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submitted by James Prineas on 22.05.2003

Gravestones in Karavas

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