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submitted by Site Administrator on 23.03.2005

Spyridon Theod. Kritharis

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

Mr. Spyridon Theod. Kritharis, who is extremely polished in his ways, is 24 years old and hails from Potamos, on Kythera. Mr. Kritharis came to Australia in 1913.

In the same year, he purchased a shop in the small country town of Murrarandi, in New South Wales. The shop stands in the centre of the town, which is linked by rail to Sydney.

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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