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submitted by Joshua Kepreotis on 20.10.2020
Interviewed by Joshua Kepreotis
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 Lillian Bradley on 09.01.2020
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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. ...
submitted by vasiliki Theocharopoulou on 01.03.2017
My name is Stathoula Souri. I was born on the 20th of August 1929 in Gerakari village. Gerakari is where I got married, Gerakari is where I raised my children. Not at the same house. I was born, raised and married at my father’s house and later on we made our own home, also in Gerakari.
I only went to Primary school. After this I didn’t continue, because the war came. My father had planned for ...
submitted by Anna Cominos on 01.09.2016
PRESS RELEASE 2
RETURN TO THE VILLAGE Warps Reality
Where are we going? Where have we been?
The eternal existential questions are limitless. Comic sit-down storyteller, Anna Cominos
tackles these eternal questions and more in her new one-woman show RETURN TO THE VILLAGE,
from 27-30 September, at Marrickville’s Factory Theatre as part ...
submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 16.02.2016
The Weekend Neos Kosmos, (Melbourne)
Saturday 13th February 2016, Page 16
Author Melina Mallos has a winning formula for bringing children in touch with their cultural heritage that Cat while on holiday to her parents' birthplace
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One can't think of the beautiful cobbled streets of the Greek islands without the meow of a cat springing ...
submitted by Lafcadio Hearn Files on 03.11.2015
BY DAMIAN FLANAGAN
SPECIAL TO THE JAPAN TIMES
OCT 10, 2015
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Photograph:An age before Japan. Hearn lived with his Irish great-aunt during the 1850's
The Greek island of Lefkada, rising from the Ionian Sea south of Corfu, is famed for its white beaches and vertical cliffs from which the poet Sappho is said to have leaped ...
submitted by Tess Robson on 20.09.2015
My Grandfather Samuel Donnes/Antonatos, was born on Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, he was the son of Constantine/Constantinos Antonatos, on whom I have not been able to find information other than that he was a master mariner on Kefalonia.
My Grandfather Samuel came to Australia and the story below is taken from my family history.
DONNES / DONES
The sea has offered Greek-Australians employment opportunities in a variety ...
submitted by The Japan Times on 15.07.2015
By Matt Treyvaud
Special to the JAPAN TIMES
July 11, 2015
What is it about “Kwaidan”? It wasn’t Lafcadio Hearn’s first take on Japanese ghost stories — it wasn't even his first such book whose title was a single Japanese word starting with “K” (“Kotto” was published two years earlier, in 1902). But it’s “Kwaidan” that still claims a place in literary history, even as its siblings among Hearn’s prodigious oeuvre recede into cult status.
submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 26.05.2015
John Poulos is inviting you to a launch of his book on 2pm Sunday on 21 June 2015 at Surfish Café Bondi Beach Pavilion Elizabeth Drive on Bondi Beach. If you are unable to attend but would like a copy you may contact Berkelouw, Abbeys, Gleebooks, Oscar and Friends at Double Bay or Lesley McKay’s book store, Spencer Street Woollahra or contact Johnny ...
submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 21.05.2015
A review of Kytherian Maria Zarimis' book: Darwins Footprint.Cultural Perspectives on Evolution in Greece (1880-1930s)
Εκδόσεις CEU Press, 2015,
σελ. 340, τιμή 45 ευρώ
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Μια νέα σημαντική προσέγγιση για τη διάχυση της θεωρίας της εξέλιξης στο ελληνικό λογοτεχνικό τοπίο του ...
I am the editor of a family web-site : benardoutlite.com which collates the known history of the Benardout family from...
Interviewed by Joshua Kepreotis
Sitting in his office in Livadi, wearing his signature suit and tie, Manolis Cassimatis –...
Kythera: An Island Named Desire Film
written by Mario Romano October 14, 2020
There’s a lot going on in James...
This photo must have been taken in about 1930. My grandparents - Dimitri and Eleni Prineas (Haniotis) are in the...
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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I believe we are distant relatives ... Gavrelis is our americanized Greek family name from Kythera.
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My Papou is Evriades Gavrelis from Logothetianika who came to America before WWI. Evriades and his cousin...
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Not sure if I can help if she was born in Smyrna. Lots of Kytherians emigrated to...
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My maternal grandparents were Greek . I believe they were born in Smyrna & emigrated to Egypt....