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Ioannis Kanellos or Linos

This biography is part of a collection from "Life in Australia" :

The unresting Mr. Ioannis Kanellos (or Linos), the business partner of Mr. Valsamis, is a similarly pleasant and charming personality. Born in 1890, in the Peiraeus, he early gave himself over to the business of realizing his pleasant dreams of establishing himself. The energy and ability that distinguishes this pleasant young man speedily brought about in him the inclination to migrate. Thus, in December 1910, he disembarked in Australia, ready to employ his love of hard work and honour, to wrestle against anything capable of preventing him realizing his dreams. After a splendid and hardworking period of five year, he became parsers with Mr. A. Valsamis and now, in a spirit of harmony and co-operation, enjoys the fruits justly garnered from his labours. Mr. Kanellos is a rare friend, a splendid individual and a valued partner. He has justly, therefore, earned the respect and affection of those who have come across him.

This biography is part of a collection from "Life in Australia" published in 1916 by John Comino. It is an important book as it was one of the first Greek books published in Australia for the Greeks back in the homeland. If they needed any more convincing of the golden opportunities awaiting them in Australia, it probably helped create interest amongst young Kytherians and other Greeks. Each of the men portrayed in the book paid for the honour, which, considering their reputation for thriftiness, must have made the decision a hard one for many a Kytherian.

The Kythera-Family.net team, with the support of the Nicolaus Aroney Trust and other generous sponsors, has undertaken to transcribe the entire book for the website and to translate it into English for the non-greek-speaking diaspora community. We hope to also produce a printed version of the translation of Life in Australia sometime in 2005.

For valuable information about the historical background of the publication of Life in Australia, please read the entry by Hugh Gilchrist I ZOI EN AFSTRALLIA in the History, General History section.

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