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The brothers Antonios and Georgios Emm. Kalopaidis

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

Messrs. the brothers Antonios and Georgios Kalopaidis, sons of Emmanouil, who come from Potamos, on Kythera, possess two shops, a pastry shop and a restaurant, in the country town of West Maitland, in New South Wales.

Of the two brothers, Antonios came to Australia in 1899 and Georgios in 1903. Both of them settled in West Maitland in 1910, thanks to their purchase of the two establishments mentioned above. These two establishments are among the best and most profitable of their kind in Maitland.

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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