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submitted by Site Administrator on 23.03.2005

Nikolaos G. Kalokairinos

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

The small New South Wales country town of Walgett lies northwest of Sydney. Here resides Mr. Nikolaos G. Kalokairinos, who hails from Kythera. After a lengthy sojourn in Athens, he came to Australia in 1905, being but only 18 years old. Within a short time of his arrival, he was successfully set up and in a partnership with his cousin, Mr. Petros N. Kaligeros. Mr. Kalokairinos is extremely pleasant and is very popular, enjoying the affection of all the inhabitants of Walgett.

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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