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submitted by Marina Dimitropoulos on 25.03.2022
submitted by Tessie Calligeros on 15.02.2022
Steve annually plants from seeds brought over from Kythira, over 125 pots of basiliko. He starts his garden in early April which includes tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, zuchhini, vleta, radikia, as well as basiliko which he harvests and has through the end of November. Here in this photo he proudly shows off one of the cuttings.
Celebrating Steve's 90th Birthday in Calistoga, California.
Steve George and Panayiota Calligeros married 53 years.
Steve George Calligeros, born in 1928, to George Stavros Calligeros and Anastasia Kasimatis Kalligerou in Pitsinianika. Steve married, Panayiota Zacharakis on February 1, 1963 and moved to San Francisco, CA. where they have 2 children, Tessie Mary Calligeros (second from the left) and George Tony Calligeros (back left). In this picture Steve and Panayiota are surrounded by their 2 children, 3 grandchildren (far left, Anthony Steven Obester, middle child, Alexea Mary Calligeros and ...
submitted by Derrick Venardos on 16.09.2021
Hey guys last name of Venardos here for the states. I know that my great *1 grandfather and his brother, John and Peter venardos came to my in 1910. But that's where my search ends, the us doesn't keep records past Ellis island. Looking for family, stories pictures. My great aunt's were named Elizabeth and Diamonta (dia) venardos they visited the venardos hotel there, before their deaths. Those that own the hotel are 2nd or 3rd cousins. Im not even sure what village my family is from.
I would love ...
submitted by Helen Samios on 19.08.2021
Please amend the record I posted for my father Byron Samios and my mother Noela Samios (nee Holding).
Byron's date of birth is 2 December 1939 and his date of death is 19 August 1981 (Laidley, Queensland). Noela's date of birth 12 December 1941 and her date of death is 8 June 2001. Dad had 2 older brothers of Brisbane, Queensland, now both deceased:
Peter Samios (Brisbane, survived by wife Lola & 3 children) &
Milton (Brisbane, ...
submitted by Joshua Kepreotis on 26.01.2021
Interviewed by Joshua Kepreotis
After being fed spanakopita and tiropitakia, dipping Karavas’ famous paximathia into Greek coffee and then having a shot glass of tsipouro, we started Joanne’s interview from her house overlooking Peloponnisos. A warmer welcoming and kinder smile I could not have imagined.
JK: Tell me about yourself.
Joanne Petropoulos: Well, I’m a young chook, I was born in 1945. I went to primary ...
submitted by George Comninos on 20.01.2021
Hi fellow Kytherians,
I am a Kytherian (1/2 Dutch) who has never been to Greece but strongly feels the pull of a Kytherian adventure as I pass the half century!
I did a series of prints of my Great Grandparents Maria and George Comninos (KOMNINOS). These were based on a lovely hand coloured photo and the recollections of my now dear and departed father, from when he was a young man. I have transformed these images into "things" which you might like to look at! ...
submitted by Joshua Kepreotis on 20.10.2020
Sitting in his office in Livadi, wearing his signature suit and tie, Manolis Cassimatis – affectionately known as ‘Lakis’ – is the former Prefect of Kythira. He has a Gough Whitlam poster hanging on the wall opposite his desk and an Australian flag outside his building. Lakis sits forward and recounts his life of politics, one centred on human connection and a values first approach. Amongst this I discovered ...
submitted by James Victor Prineas on 02.10.2020
Interviewed by Joshua Kepreotis (JK)
JK: We will start with your name and where you were born.
Brettos Kipriotis: Yes, I was born, I didn’t spring from the ground.
(Reader, a quick taste of Brettos’ infectious humour.)
Brettos: There exists an old saying in Greece, ‘Where did that person spring ...
submitted by Lori Gavrilis on 20.08.2020
Papo's parents were Demetrios Yiannis Gavrilis "Bouikiouros" and Politimi Gavrilis (Hristianos).
His siblings were John, Nicolas, and I also believe Panayiotis, Andonis, and Zaharias were brothers.
We have photos of the home Papo grew up in. The family estate I hoope to visit in a few years.
YiaYia's parents were Constantinos (Gus) Coukoulis and Kiriacoula Coukolis (Logothetis).
Her siblings were ...
submitted by Susan Johnson on 03.06.2020
I am an author with a book contract to the Australian publisher Allen and Unwin. I've been commissioned to write a memoir about my experience of Kythera, starting 40 years ago as a young woman. Last year, 2019, I came to live on the island with my 85-year-old mother, Barbara. See here https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/our-big-fat-mother-daughter-greek-adventure-20190506-p51kjq.html
submitted by Peter Makarthis on 25.02.2020
Kritharis and Frantzeskakis
A story set in Sandstone
Places – Karavas, Kythera and Q Station, North Head Sydney.
Time – 1914
Ship – RMS Orsova
Dramatis Personae – Konstantine Kritharis (1878 -1953)
Theodore Frantzeskakis (1898 -1941)
Two men from the village of Karavas on the island of Kythera carved their names on a sandstone platform above the Quarantine Station at North ...
submitted by James Victor Prineas on 26.04.2019
These are some memories of Andreas Kalokairinos' life on Kythera before he moved to Australia. He was kind enough to tell them to me a few years ago for my book The Kytherians. Andreas died in April of 2019 on Kythera. He will be missed!
MEMORIES OF ANDREAS KALOKAIRINOS
There’s one thing I’m proud of about myself: I’ve got a very good memory. With more recent things I’m not ...
submitted by Peter Makarthis on 21.08.2018
Man who found luck in the Lucky Country
(Transcribed from Australian Women’s Weekly, 30 Jan 1974)
Andrew V. Fatseas tells his story.
This story for Australia Day (1974) – the day marking European settlement in this country – tells what happened to a Greek migrant who arrived in 1924, 136 years after the first settler stepped ashore at Sydney ….. a ...
submitted by Peter Makarthis on 26.02.2019
‘Andrew’ Anargyros Vretos Fatseas
Andrew Victor Fatseas (Andy)
1907 – 1998
“Whether in bliss or in distress, I never forget the land of my birth. After all, it was mother Greece who instilled into me those moral virtues, without which I would not have appreciated as fully as I do now what Australia has given to me.”
‘Andrew’ Fatseas, Australia Day 1974
submitted by Vikki Vrettos Fraioli on 31.05.2018
Reprinted from the 1974 Franklin High School Yearbook
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Franklin students pay tribute to their Dedicated Friend
Go to any school, and there are bound to be teachers, administrators, janitors, even secretaries that have been there for years and years and have become legends in their own time. At Franklin, Pete Clentzos has become such a ...
submitted by vasiliki Theocharopoulou on 03.11.2017
My grandfather, John Panaretos, returned from Australia in 1906. He married my grandmother, Eleni Katsouli, who died a year later, 17 days after the birth of my father, Dimitris. The orphan child was then breastfed by Irini Prineas. When my father was three years old, my grandfather remarried and had four children with his second wife. My father had a difficult childhood, always having to do ...
submitted by vasiliki Theocharopoulou on 17.05.2017
I was born at home, in the village of Potamos, in March 1933, though my birth was registered one year later.My mother suffered from postnatal fever-it was very common back then-and so shetravelled to Piraeus to be treated in the hospital. It took some time for her to come back and register the newborn baby, so 1934 is the official year of birth on my certificate. ...
Who or where would I be able to obtain a copy of my fathers birth certificate or baptismal certificate--OR any...
The Kytherian Society of California held it’s 6th Global ZOOM on April 9, 2022.
Over the course of seven hours and forty minutes, we had...
Hi dear Kytherians, my father, Zacharias Panaretos, was born in Potamos in 1908.
My grandfather built the house in Potamos...
Looking for any information about Spero Roberts. Fish monger Sydney early 1900s Greek name written as Rothermenon...
About 5 minutes into the program Ada Margariti, who is an Attorney at Law, speaks about how she came to...
Interviewed during his visit to Australia, 2013.
August 17, 2010
103.2 HOPE - radio station
You’ve heard of PhDs in science, medicine and education but have you...
Brisbane kytherians at paliochora excursion ..exploring the wonderful site and seeing all the churches .. this one is called ' e...
Gorgeous Ruby! Ruby's father was Evangelo Megaloconomos born 7 September 1891, died 29 January 1983
Ruby was born 16 September...
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My wife's grandmother was from Kythera.
Her name was Eleni Kaligeri.
She married Georgios Vomvaris from Mytiline....