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submitted by Site Administrator on 27.05.2005

Panayiotis Sp. Karkantzis

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

Mr. Panayiotis Sp. Karkanztis, who hails from Tegea, in Arcadia, came to Australia in 1893, together with his younger brother, Dimitrios. Starting work promptly, they gathered a small amount of capital, which they invested in a business. This was followed by another business and they now own a most attractive establishment in Mullumbimby, in New South Wales. It is admitted by all that the ability of the Karkantzis brothers has made this business extremely profitable. They recently founded, in partnership with the Anglo-American Company, a palatial pastry shop in Manly, in New South Wales. This is managed by Panayiotis Karkanztis, whilst Dimitrios Karkanztis manages the establishment in Mullumbimby. Panayiotis and Dimitrios enjoy great respect and affection from both Greeks and very many Australians.

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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