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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 10.07.2014

Spyro Calocerinos with the president of the Greek community of Albury Tess Andronicos and her husband, Nick

14th of February 2014. I was in Albury to attend the 40th Anniversary celebrations, of the formation of the Albury City Soccer Club. A formal night was organised by the committee, and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years.

"According to a contract I had with the Company I was working with at the time, I was posted to Albury in NSW, in the early 1970's. I re-located there with my family, and we stayed for three years.

One of the important things for me was that the City of Albury had a Greek Church which was built mainly by Kytherians. When a priest (Father Agelakos) arrived, the Greek citizens were happy that a temporary priest arrived so he could also teach the children Greek and obviously do the service every Sunday in Church. As the Church was built a long time before, a priest would service the church one Sunday per month. Now there was a priest every Sunday therefore, it was a bit hard to get people to Church every Sunday. I suggested to the priest that with the children (mainly young girls) we could start a choir, therefore the parents and friends would come to listen to their children. I undertook the responsibility to do that and very soon we were getting many more people in Church, but not many of the young boys as they were out in Parks kicking a football or just playing.

I suggested to the local Kytherians that we should form a football club as I noticed that there were a number of boys that really were very good with the ball, and their feet. With the assistance of the shopkeepers (mostly Kytherians and Antikytherians) we went ahead and eventually managed to get the team in a park. We formed a temporary committee and we elected the late Steve Galanakis as the temporary president. I was doing a lot of work and as we managed to get the team into the local association. We held elections and I was elected as the first president of the club.

So on the 14th of February 1974 , Albury City Soccer Club was formed. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee, and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years".

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 10.07.2014

Spyro Calocerinos embraces Nick Andronikos

Nick Andronikos was in the original team and played for almost 20 years. As you can see from the Honour Board, he was Club Captain from 1982 to 1990.

"According to a contract I had with the Company I was working with at the time, I was posted to Albury in NSW, in the early 1970's. I re-located there with my family, and we stayed for three years.

One of the important things for me was that the City of Albury had a Greek Church which was built mainly by Kytherians. When a priest (Father Agelakos) arrived, the Greek citizens were happy that a temporary priest arrived so he could also teach the children Greek and obviously do the service every Sunday in Church. As the Church was built a long time before, a priest would service the church one Sunday per month. Now there was a priest every Sunday therefore, it was a bit hard to get people to Church every Sunday. I suggested to the priest that with the children (mainly young girls) we could start a choir, therefore the parents and friends would come to listen to their children. I undertook the responsibility to do that and very soon we were getting many more people in Church, but not many of the young boys as they were out in Parks kicking a football or just playing.

I suggested to the local Kytherians that we should form a football club as I noticed that there were a number of boys that really were very good with the ball, and their feet. With the assistance of the shopkeepers (mostly Kytherians and Antikytherians) we went ahead and eventually managed to get the team in a park. We formed a temporary committee and we elected the late Steve Galanakis as the temporary president. I was doing a lot of work and as we managed to get the team into the local association. We held elections and I was elected as the first president of the club.

So on the 14th of February 1974 , Albury City Soccer Club was formed. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee, and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years".

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 10.07.2014

Spyro Calocerinos with two players that I signed for the club

They made a huge difference to our performance, as they had both played in England.

"According to a contract I had with the Company I was working with at the time, I was posted to Albury in NSW, in the early 1970's. I re-located there with my family, and we stayed for three years.

One of the important things for me was that the City of Albury had a Greek Church which was built mainly by Kytherians. When a priest (Father Agelakos) arrived, the Greek citizens were happy that a temporary priest arrived so he could also teach the children Greek and obviously do the service every Sunday in Church. As the Church was built a long time before, a priest would service the church one Sunday per month. Now there was a priest every Sunday therefore, it was a bit hard to get people to Church every Sunday. I suggested to the priest that with the children (mainly young girls) we could start a choir, therefore the parents and friends would come to listen to their children. I undertook the responsibility to do that and very soon we were getting many more people in Church, but not many of the young boys as they were out in Parks kicking a football or just playing.

I suggested to the local Kytherians that we should form a football club as I noticed that there were a number of boys that really were very good with the ball, and their feet. With the assistance of the shopkeepers (mostly Kytherians and Antikytherians) we went ahead and eventually managed to get the team in a park. We formed a temporary committee and we elected the late Steve Galanakis as the temporary president. I was doing a lot of work and as we managed to get the team into the local association. We held elections and I was elected as the first president of the club.

So on the 14th of February 1974 , Albury City Soccer Club was formed. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee,and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years".

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 10.07.2014

Cutting the cake created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Albury Soccer Club

The club was formed on the 14th of February 1974. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee, and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years

The club shirt and the club emblem were designed by my nephew Val Semos. It depicts the Olympic torch (something that will live forever) and obviously the name of the club.
".

"According to a contract I had with the Company I was working with at the time, I was posted to Albury in NSW, in the early 1970's. I re-located there with my family, and we stayed for three years.

One of the important things for me was that the City of Albury had a Greek Church which was built mainly by Kytherians. When a priest (Father Agelakos) arrived, the Greek citizens were happy that a temporary priest arrived so he could also teach the children Greek and obviously do the service every Sunday in Church. As the Church was built a long time before, a priest would service the church one Sunday per month. Now there was a priest every Sunday therefore, it was a bit hard to get people to Church every Sunday. I suggested to the priest that with the children (mainly young girls) we could start a choir, therefore the parents and friends would come to listen to their children. I undertook the responsibility to do that and very soon we were getting many more people in Church, but not many of the young boys as they were out in Parks kicking a football or just playing.

I suggested to the local Kytherians that we should form a football club as I noticed that there were a number of boys that really were very good with the ball, and their feet. With the assistance of the shopkeepers (mostly Kytherians and Antikytherians) we went ahead and eventually managed to get the team in a park. We formed a temporary committee and we elected the late Steve Galanakis as the temporary president. I was doing a lot of work and as we managed to get the team into the local association. We held elections and I was elected as the first president of the club.

So on the 14th of February 1974 , Albury City Soccer Club was formed. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee, and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years".

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 23.05.2014

Cake created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Albury Soccer Club

The club was formed on the 14th of February 1974. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee, and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years

The club shirt and the club emblem were designed by my nephew Val Semos. It depicts the Olympic torch (something that will live forever) and obviously the name of the club.
".

"According to a contract I had with the Company I was working with at the time, I was posted to Albury in NSW, in the early 1970's. I re-located there with my family, and we stayed for three years.

One of the important things for me was that the City of Albury had a Greek Church which was built mainly by Kytherians. When a priest (Father Agelakos) arrived, the Greek citizens were happy that a temporary priest arrived so he could also teach the children Greek and obviously do the service every Sunday in Church. As the Church was built a long time before, a priest would service the church one Sunday per month. Now there was a priest every Sunday therefore, it was a bit hard to get people to Church every Sunday. I suggested to the priest that with the children (mainly young girls) we could start a choir, therefore the parents and friends would come to listen to their children. I undertook the responsibility to do that and very soon we were getting many more people in Church, but not many of the young boys as they were out in Parks kicking a football or just playing.

I suggested to the local Kytherians that we should form a football club as I noticed that there were a number of boys that really were very good with the ball, and their feet. With the assistance of the shopkeepers (mostly Kytherians and Antikytherians) we went ahead and eventually managed to get the team in a park. We formed a temporary committee and we elected the late Steve Galanakis as the temporary president. I was doing a lot of work and as we managed to get the team into the local association. We held elections and I was elected as the first president of the club.

So on the 14th of February 1974 , Albury City Soccer Club was formed. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee, and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years".

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 10.07.2014

Receiving an award at the 40th anniversary celebration for the Albury City Soccer Club

On the 14th of February 1974, the Albury City Soccer Club was formed. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee,and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years".

"According to a contract I had with the Company I was working with at the time, I was posted to Albury in NSW, in the early 1970's. I re-located there with my family, and we stayed for three years.

One of the important things for me was that the City of Albury had a Greek Church which was built mainly by Kytherians. When a priest (Father Agelakos) arrived, the Greek citizens were happy that a temporary priest arrived so he could also teach the children Greek and obviously do the service every Sunday in Church. As the Church was built a long time before, a priest would service the church one Sunday per month. Now there was a priest every Sunday therefore, it was a bit hard to get people to Church every Sunday. I suggested to the priest that with the children (mainly young girls) we could start a choir, therefore the parents and friends would come to listen to their children. I undertook the responsibility to do that and very soon we were getting many more people in Church, but not many of the young boys as they were out in Parks kicking a football or just playing.

I suggested to the local Kytherians that we should form a football club as I noticed that there were a number of boys that really were very good with the ball, and their feet. With the assistance of the shopkeepers (mostly Kytherians and Antikytherians) we went ahead and eventually managed to get the team in a park. We formed a temporary committee and we elected the late Steve Galanakis as the temporary president. I was doing a lot of work and as we managed to get the team into the local association. We held elections and I was elected as the first president of the club.

So on the 14th of February 1974 , Albury City Soccer Club was formed. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee,and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years".

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 23.05.2014

Awards and trophies to be present

On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee,and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years".

"According to a contract I had with the Company I was working with at the time, I was posted to Albury in NSW, in the early 1970's. I re-located there with my family, and we stayed for three years.

One of the important things for me was that the City of Albury had a Greek Church which was built mainly by Kytherians. When a priest (Father Agelakos) arrived, the Greek citizens were happy that a temporary priest arrived so he could also teach the children Greek and obviously do the service every Sunday in Church. As the Church was built a long time before, a priest would service the church one Sunday per month. Now there was a priest every Sunday therefore, it was a bit hard to get people to Church every Sunday. I suggested to the priest that with the children (mainly young girls) we could start a choir, therefore the parents and friends would come to listen to their children. I undertook the responsibility to do that and very soon we were getting many more people in Church, but not many of the young boys as they were out in Parks kicking a football or just playing.

I suggested to the local Kytherians that we should form a football club as I noticed that there were a number of boys that really were very good with the ball, and their feet. With the assistance of the shopkeepers (mostly Kytherians and Antikytherians) we went ahead and eventually managed to get the team in a park. We formed a temporary committee and we elected the late Steve Galanakis as the temporary president. I was doing a lot of work and as we managed to get the team into the local association. We held elections and I was elected as the first president of the club.

So on the 14th of February 1974 , Albury City Soccer Club was formed. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee,and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years".

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 10.07.2014

Celebrations at the 40th anniversary celebrations Albury City Soccer Club

members of the first the Albury City Soccer Club.

On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee,and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years".

"According to a contract I had with the Company I was working with at the time, I was posted to Albury in NSW, in the early 1970's. I re-located there with my family, and we stayed for three years.

One of the important things for me was that the City of Albury had a Greek Church which was built mainly by Kytherians. When a priest (Father Agelakos) arrived, the Greek citizens were happy that a temporary priest arrived so he could also teach the children Greek and obviously do the service every Sunday in Church. As the Church was built a long time before, a priest would service the church one Sunday per month. Now there was a priest every Sunday therefore, it was a bit hard to get people to Church every Sunday. I suggested to the priest that with the children (mainly young girls) we could start a choir, therefore the parents and friends would come to listen to their children. I undertook the responsibility to do that and very soon we were getting many more people in Church, but not many of the young boys as they were out in Parks kicking a football or just playing.

I suggested to the local Kytherians that we should form a football club as I noticed that there were a number of boys that really were very good with the ball, and their feet. With the assistance of the shopkeepers (mostly Kytherians and Antikytherians) we went ahead and eventually managed to get the team in a park. We formed a temporary committee and we elected the late Steve Galanakis as the temporary president. I was doing a lot of work and as we managed to get the team into the local association. We held elections and I was elected as the first president of the club.

So on the 14th of February 1974 , Albury City Soccer Club was formed. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee,and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years".

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 23.05.2014

The Honour Board of the Albury City Soccer Club

I am proud to have been the first President. Note also how many Kytherian and Antikytherian names appear on the board?

"According to a contract I had with the Company I was working with at the time, I was posted to Albury in NSW, in the early 1970's. I re-located there with my family, and we stayed for three years.

One of the important things for me was that the City of Albury had a Greek Church which was built mainly by Kytherians. When a priest (Father Agelakos) arrived, the Greek citizens were happy that a temporary priest arrived so he could also teach the children Greek and obviously do the service every Sunday in Church. As the Church was built a long time before, a priest would service the church one Sunday per month. Now there was a priest every Sunday therefore, it was a bit hard to get people to Church every Sunday. I suggested to the priest that with the children (mainly young girls) we could start a choir, therefore the parents and friends would come to listen to their children. I undertook the responsibility to do that and very soon we were getting many more people in Church, but not many of the young boys as they were out in Parks kicking a football or just playing.

I suggested to the local Kytherians that we should form a football club as I noticed that there were a number of boys that really were very good with the ball, and their feet. With the assistance of the shopkeepers (mostly Kytherians and Antikytherians) we went ahead and eventually managed to get the team in a park. We formed a temporary committee and we elected the late Steve Galanakis as the temporary president. I was doing a lot of work and as we managed to get the team into the local association. We held elections and I was elected as the first president of the club.

So on the 14th of February 1974 , Albury City Soccer Club was formed. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee,and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years".

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 29.05.2014

The first Albury City Soccer Club of 1974

From left to right standing:
1) Tony Fallea. Born Argentina
2) Nick Andronicos. Parents from Antikythera. An excellent player
3) Joe Beggs
4) RayThomas an ex AFL player in Melbourne.
5) Phil Barrette. Played in England
6) Joseph Sagor Played in England. An excellent player
7) Peter Galanakis. Parents from Antikythera. Now coaching Kytherian players

Front row
1) George Wright
2) Ivan Rakitic
3) Eric (Trava)Saros. Parents from Kythera
4) James Caminos. Parents from Kythera

There were other players whose parents were also from Kythera.


I was instrumental in bringing the team into existence.

"According to a contract I had with the Company I was working with at the time, I was posted to Albury in NSW, in the early 1970's. I re-located there with my family, and we stayed for three years.

One of the important things for me was that the City of Albury had a Greek Church which was built mainly by Kytherians. When a priest (Father Agelakos) arrived, the Greek citizens were happy that a temporary priest arrived so he could also teach the children Greek and obviously do the service every Sunday in Church. As the Church was built a long time before, a priest would service the church one Sunday per month. Now there was a priest every Sunday therefore, it was a bit hard to get people to Church every Sunday. I suggested to the priest that with the children (mainly young girls) we could start a choir, therefore the parents and friends would come to listen to their children. I undertook the responsibility to do that and very soon we were getting many more people in Church, but not many of the young boys as they were out in Parks kicking a football or just playing.

I suggested to the local Kytherians that we should form a football club as I noticed that there were a number of boys that really were very good with the ball, and their feet. With the assistance of the shopkeepers (mostly Kytherians and Antikytherians) we went ahead and eventually managed to get the team in a park. We formed a temporary committee and we elected the late Steve Galanakis as the temporary president. I was doing a lot of work and as we managed to get the team into the local association. We held elections and I was elected as the first president of the club.

So on the 14th of February 1974 , Albury City Soccer Club was formed. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee,and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years".

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 10.07.2014

Spyro Calokerinos in 1974, amongst some committee members and team

members of the first the Albury City Soccer Club.

Back row: (Left to Right). Tom Efthimopoulos, Stan Saros, Angelo Crinis, Angelo Hassapithis, Nick Andronicos, Joe Beggs, Ray Thomas, Phil Barrett, Joe Sagor, John Baratkis, Joe Meixner, Spyro Calocerinos, Steve Kowalczuk, Warwick Aldridge.

Middle Row: Steve Gounakis, George Travassaros, Nick Andronicos, Tony Fallea, George Wright, Ivan Rakitic, Eric Saros, James Cominos, Peter Galanakis, Latzi Laslo.

Fron Row: George Veneris (lying down).

"According to a contract I had with the Company I was working with at the time, I was posted to Albury in NSW, in the early 1970's. I re-located there with my family, and we stayed for three years.

One of the important things for me was that the City of Albury had a Greek Church which was built mainly by Kytherians. When a priest (Father Agelakos) arrived, the Greek citizens were happy that a temporary priest arrived so he could also teach the children Greek and obviously do the service every Sunday in Church. As the Church was built a long time before, a priest would service the church one Sunday per month. Now there was a priest every Sunday therefore, it was a bit hard to get people to Church every Sunday. I suggested to the priest that with the children (mainly young girls) we could start a choir, therefore the parents and friends would come to listen to their children. I undertook the responsibility to do that and very soon we were getting many more people in Church, but not many of the young boys as they were out in Parks kicking a football or just playing.

I suggested to the local Kytherians that we should form a football club as I noticed that there were a number of boys that really were very good with the ball, and their feet. With the assistance of the shopkeepers (mostly Kytherians and Antikytherians) we went ahead and eventually managed to get the team in a park. We formed a temporary committee and we elected the late Steve Galanakis as the temporary president. I was doing a lot of work and as we managed to get the team into the local association. We held elections and I was elected as the first president of the club.

So on the 14th of February 1974 , Albury City Soccer Club was formed. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee,and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years".

The club shirt and the club emblem were designed by my nephew Val Semos. It depicts the Olympic torch (something that will live forever) and obviously the name of the club.

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 10.07.2014

Albury City Football Club. Some background information

Spyro Calocerinos with other members of various committees of the Albury City Soccer Club throughout the years. 14th of February 2014.

According to a contract I had with the Company I was working with at the time, I was posted to Albury in NSW, in the early 1970's. I re-located there with my family, and we stayed for three years.

One of the important things for me was that the City of Albury had a Greek Church which was built mainly by Kytherians. When a priest (Father Agelakos) arrived, the Greek citizens were happy that a temporary priest arrived so he could also teach the children Greek and obviously do the service every Sunday in Church. As the Church was built a long time before, a priest would service the church one Sunday per month. Now there was a priest every Sunday therefore, it was a bit hard to get people to Church every Sunday. I suggested to the priest that with the children (mainly young girls) we could start a choir, therefore the parents and friends would come to listen to their children. I undertook the responsibility to do that and very soon we were getting many more people in Church, but not many of the young boys as they were out in Parks kicking a football or just playing.

I suggested to the local Kytherians that we should form a football club as I noticed that there were a number of boys that really were very good with the ball, and their feet. With the assistance of the shopkeepers (mostly Kytherians and Antikytherians) we went ahead and eventually managed to get the team in a park. We formed a temporary committee and we elected the late Steve Galanakis as the temporary president. I was doing a lot of work and as we managed to get the team into the local association. We held elections and I was elected as the first president of the club.

So on the 14th of February 1974 , Albury City Soccer Club was formed. On the 14th of February 2014 a formal night was organised by the committee,and being the first President of the Club, I was invited to attend. I went and I was amazed at what the Club achieved during those last 40 years.

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submitted by Kytherian Sports Report on 15.04.2014

The Canowindra News received a request recently to track down the elusive Stathis Cup

- played for by local Rugby League teams in the 1920's to 1930's.

With family connections to the lost trophy, John Minchin has provided the following information in the hopes that someone may be able to provide information on the trophy- or better yet, maybe it's sitting in someone's shed, lounge room or storage room, just waiting to be discovered.

If anyone can provide any information please contact John Minchin on
03 62471115 or 0418 316 034.

John can also be reached by email, here.

Alternatively, contact the Canowindra News on 02 6342 1044.

Background of Peter Stathis

Panagiotis Giorgos Stathis was born in Keramouto on the island of Kythera, Greece on 24th October 1891, son of Fr. Giorgios who was a priest at a church in Keramouto.

In 1909 at the age of 18, Panayiotis migrated to Australia, arriving in Sydney on 22nd May.

He changed his name from Panagiotis to Peter , and commenced working for Mr Z Cominos in Pitt St Sydney. In 1910 he ventured away from the city to work for Mr G Potiri at Walcha. Then to Brisbane to work for the Freeleagus Brothers in Edward St.

By August 1910 he was in partnership with a Mr Macree in Townsville.

Between 1911 and 1919 he lived and worked as a shopkeeper in Hay, NSW. His brother Emmanuel arrived in Australia in 1914 and they were business partners in a Refreshment Room , providing "Fresh Fish and Oysters twice a week."

The Stathis family in Canowindra

In 1920 Peter moved to Canowindra and operated a Fruit and Confectionary Shop or "Refreshment Rooms", firstly with a Nicholas Calocherry, then on his own.

In October 1920, Panagiotis Chlentzos arrived in Australia from Kythera, Greece accompanied by his daughter Stamatina Chlentzos (aka Bylos), presumably to find her a husband or as part of an arrangement with the Stathis family. In any case Peter Stathis married Stamatina in Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Surrey Hills Sydney on 13th December 1921.

In Canowindra, they began their family with George in 1922, and Irene two years later in 1924. Two of Stamatina's brothers, Angelo and Con Bylos lived nearby in Cowra.

In April 1926 a fire completely destroyed the building owned by Mr T Callan that housed the Stathis shop and three others (a Tailor, Stock and Station agent, and a hairdresser).

Sometime after this in 1927 they were back in business operating the Garden of Roses cafe which is still operating today. From photos of the time, it appears that the Garden of Roses may have been built on the site of the original building. Daughter Eleni, and youngest son Peter were born in 1927 and 1929 respectively. The family lived in rooms above the shop.

The Stathis Cup

Many press items discovered in the National Library newspaper archive Trove recently mention rugby league teams in the Boree Shire, playing for the Stathis Cup. Towns mentioned include Grenfell, Woodstock, Lyndhurst, Cudal, Mandurama and Canowindra. The newspaper reports date from 1925 - 1936. It is assumed that the Cup was likely to have been donated by Peter Stathis as a marketing tool. There is evidence that a number of other Greek business people in that part of NSW also had Rugby League competitions named after them. The Stathis Cup competition may have included a money to help pay for uniforms, fees or maintenance of grounds. The descendants of Peter Stathis would be very interested in discovering the whereabouts of the cup, if it exists. Photographs of winning teams from the time with the Cup would also be fascinating to see. Perhaps someone from the area can help with recollections or information.

After Canowindra

In 1930 the family left Canowindra and moved to Tumut where Peter commenced operating the newly built Montreal Theatre; he took over the lease a year later and the theatre was operated by the family until the late 1960s. The family were well respected members of the Tumut community. Peter was active in the local bowls club, and won many local competitions. He died suddenly in 1959 whilst in the midst of planning a trip back to his birthplace. His wife Stamatina remained in Tumut where 3 of her children had remained and had families of their own. She died in 1972 following some years of bad health.

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submitted by Kytherian Newsletter Sydney on 27.03.2014

Magiros making a name in Sochi

Young Greek Australian goes from national gymnast to Olympic snowboarder in six years

Photo: Javier Soriano

For young Sydneysider Stephanie Magiros,the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi will certainly be remembered for her Olympic debut last Wednesday.


And according to media reports from the Russian town, it seems that the Greek Australian professional snowboard halfpipe rider is doing everything to remember it.

“She’s the one with feathers in her cap and gold eye makeup and a great, big smile that no brutal half-pipe can remove,” the News Limited wrote earlier this week.

She’s certainly not her idol, silver medallist Torah Bright, but from the
Australian snowboarding women’s contingent, she was the only one apart from Torah to make it past the heats, before crashing out in the semi finals.

Still, on her social media account, Stephanie Magiros rated her Sochi experience as a 100 out of 10. Before Sochi, the former gymnast’s best achievement was 10th at a World Cup event in Park City, Utah last year.

The same goes for her supportive family, that was in the crowd watching
her last Wednesday. Not only were her parents Harry and Helen and brothers Peter and Victor there, but in support of their granddaughter, her septuagenarian grandparents travelled to Sochi as well.

Stephanie’s great aunt made it to Sochi to cheer her, straight from the island of Kythera. “We booked our tickets a year ago - we had to be here,” her father Harry said.

“My parents, 73 and 74 years old, are absolutely stoked they’re here. They came all this way - my dad even brought his sister here from Kythera.” “Now I’ve got to drag them up the mountains,” Harry told media.

A top level national gymnast Stephanie Magiros performed in the Closing
Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games when she was nine years old. Six years ago she had a frank conversation with her dad. She had tried snowboarding for the first time. “I know how I’m going to get to the Olympics, dad, I’m going to snowboard.” And that was it.

The teenager got a snowboard, and began chasing the Olympic dream. Since then, her dad describes a journey filled with “a lot of hard work, dedication and obsession.”

Stephanie was officially selected to join the Australian Olympic team just few weeks before the Sochi games. Last Wednesday, the grandparents saw Stephanie compete in a Snowboard Halfpipe for the first time.

“It’s my dream coming true, to have them right there next to me,” she said. With a stint cheerleading for the NSW State of Origin side behind her, Magiros is now accustomed to back-flipping with 10kg of boots and
a snowboard strapped to her feet. And gymnastics training helps her in this.

“All of my air awareness training from gymnastics helps so much when I do tricks - it doesn’t matter that I have a snowboard on my feet.” And with the support of her Kytharian family, and with young Steph’s ambition, no wonder she reached this far.

Source: News Limited, sochi2014.com.au

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/margios-making-a-name-in-sochi

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The 'Boxer' - Alex Phacheas(Fatseas)

Alexander Phacheas (Fatseas) in boxing pose
West Maitland c 1905 - and thereby hangs a tale

Peter M
Inverell

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Award winning film of the Antarctic crossing

In January 2012 *Cas and Jonesy made history, being the first to walk unaided to and from the South Pole. Covering 2275km over 89 gruelling days, they battled sub-zero temperatures, freezing polar winds and deep snow.

Crossing the Ice headlines at the Australian Banff Tour

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious international film competition and an annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and environment. We're stoked that Crossing the Ice is playing across the Banff Australia tour happening right now.

Of course...we're biased and think that Crossing the Ice is the best film ever, but don't just take our word for it, we were lucky to win three of the major prizes at the Banff Festival in Canada (AWARD WINNER: FESTIVAL GRAND PRIZE, PEOPLE'S CHOICE & BEST FILM ON EXPLORATION & ADVENTURE)...plus there are a heap of other AWESOME movies on as well for what is guaranteed to be a fun and inspiring night for all!

Screenings at various locations until, 29th June, 2013.

Purchase tickets for film screenings at various locations, here

*Cas is young Kytherian James Castrission.

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Another Brisbane Centenarian - congratulations!

This article was in our local Northside Chronicle December 2011.

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Congratulations! 100th birthday - 1st March 2012

Nicholas Peter Karydis celebrated his 100th birthday at a luncheon at the Wavell Heights Bowling Club in the company of two hundred guests on Thursday 1st March 2012, accompanied by many accolades and good cheer.

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Peter D. Clentzos "Abba Zabba" Golf Tournament in Pasadena, California 13 June 2008

The 36th Annual Peter D. Clentzos Abba Zabba Golf Tournament takes place in Pasadena, California on Friday the 13th of June, 2008. If you are interested, see the April, 2008 newsletter of AHEPA District 20 at www.ahepa20.org

Hubba Hubba!

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Weary kayakers only days from New Zealand

New Plymouth, in New Zealand … James Castrission and Justin Jones said their leg muscles were wasting away from weeks of sitting.

Photo: Mark Dwyer

Exhausted - and the worst is still to come.

Edmund Tadros

Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday January 10th, 2008. Page 7.

Two Australian kayakers who are nearing the end of their epic voyage across the Tasman now face the most dangerous part of their journey.

Sydneysiders James Castrission, 25, and Justin Jones, 24, are expected to arrive on the west coast of New Zealand on Sunday after almost 60 days paddling at sea.

But as the exhausted pair near land they might have to battle waves up to five metres high, kayak expedition spokesman Tom Mitchell said.

They have travelled more than 3000 kilometres and are now about 130 kilometres from their landing zone in New Plymouth.

"They are coming over the continental shelf; it's the most dangerous part of the mission," Mr Mitchell said.

"The depth of the water goes from about 2000 to 200 metres, the swell goes from being a non-issue to one that can potentially create crashing waves that can put them in trouble.

"It can be up to four or five metres high but it's not a guarantee that we will be getting these waves.

"If it chops up a bit, the boys will find themselves in the middle and it will be extremely hard to escape."

Mr Mitchell said the group had considered different landing zones but discovered they would have to deal with the same problem anywhere along the west coast of New Zealand.

Rationing food and well over timetable
The men have also had to ration their food and are eating only one meal a day.

Unfavourable conditions have forced them to paddle more than 3000 kilometres - well over the 42-day, 2200 kilometre crossing originally planned - and they are expected to reach land at New Plymouth about 11am Sydney time on Sunday.

The pair are still out of sight of land but they had their first contact with the real world last night as planes hired by the media swooped over them.

A coastguard officer, Amelia Crowley, spoke to the pair by marine radio from one plane.

"All's well, we're looking forward to a cold beer and meeting the people of New Zealand," Castrission said. "We're looking forward to landfall. It's great knowing we're so close."

Crowley said Castrission sounded excited and full of life as they chatted.
Speaking by satellite phone earlier, the pair said weather conditions on the final stretch were expected to be windy.

"We've got around about 150 kilometres to go now, we've got itchy feet to get on to land," Castrission told Channel Seven. "Fifty-seven days is quite a long time to be on the Tasman Sea."

They have upper body fatigue and muscle wastage in their legs from weeks of sitting.

"Day by day, it's the physical fatigue that we're actually going through and the fact that our minds are not as sharp as they used to be," Jones said.

"Now we're starting to forget things, numbers, and getting our easts and souths mixed up. This whole trip has been about heart and the mental willpower to keep on going."

- with AAP, Taranaki Daily News