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submitted by Site Administrator on 27.05.2005

Konstantinos Ant. Kanellis and Vretos Vas. Kritharis

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

Two extremely young Greek shopkeepers have been established since 1913 in the small country town of Stroud, in New South Wales, which lies a few miles distant by motor transport from the railway station of the same name. Young in age and small in size, Mr. Kanellis, 22, who comes from Athens, and Mr. Kritharis, 19, arrived in Australia two years ago. After working unceasingly and exercising strong will power, they bought their shop, which is illustrated in the accompanying picture, decorated upon the occasion of the arrival there by the Governor of New South Wales.

Their commercial name is Comino and Co.

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 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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