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submitted by Vikki Vrettos Fraioli on 27.03.2010

Tribute to Penelope Venardos Conomos who turned 100 on March 25, 2010

Alexa Conomos: Celebrating my grandmother-the cenenarian!

Alexa created a video blog about her grandmother reaching 100.

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Watch the Video by clicking on this link

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submitted by Anna Avgoustou on 16.03.2010

Life Story of Stavroula Theodorakakis (Cordato)

Stavroula (Violet) was born on January 13, 1928, in Potamos, Kythera. My father's name was Dionysius Theodorakakis and my mother's name was Marigo Mazaraki. I was the youngest of five, with four older brothers, Kiriakos (Kerry), Ioannis (John), Gerasimos and Manuel. Manual died as an infant at 6 months and Gerasimos at 20 years.

My father (also known as Denny) spent many years in Australia, working with his nephews in cafes throughout country NSW. In Australia, they took on their family ...

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submitted by Kytherian World Heritage Fund on 10.12.2009

Speech by John Nicholas Comino about his grandfather...

...John Demetrios Comino, on the occasion of the launch of the books, Life in Australia, in both Greek and English, at the MacLaurin Hall, Sydney University, on the evening of the 9th December, 2009.

125 Years ago a formidable man with a Vision made the long sea journey to Australia from the Island of Kythera in Greece, on the m. v. Potosi.

That man – John Demetrios Comino – made this momentous decision at the invitation of his brother Athanassios ...

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submitted by Sydney Morning Herald on 05.12.2009

Historic Greek Reprint

A reprint of Life in Australia, 1916, the first book in Greek published in Australia, will be launched in the original Greek, and an English translation.

Written to inform immigrants about the culture of Australia, the 368-page history includes about 150 pages of micto-biographies and photographs of Greek immigrants in which many will recognise great grandparents.

Wednesday, 6pm,

MacLaurin Hall, Sydney University


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submitted by Sydney Magazine on 10.10.2009

Kytherians inducted into the Food Hall of Fame

Now in its 7th year, the Sydney Magazine’s annual Food Hall of Fame continues to shine a light on the often unsung heroes of the local food revolution.

This year’s inductees have been selected by the expert panel of Helen Greenwood, Jared Ingersoll, Simon Johnson, & Joanna Savill, to honour excellence in food. They looked for individuals, excluding chefs, who have been consistently at the top of their field and who have influenced the way we eat and our attitude to food. ...

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 18.05.2009

Tony De Bolfo - Interview on Australian Story.

TWO: Interview on Australian Broadcasting Commission, Televison's, Australian Story.

Tony De Bolfo - The author behind the story of the journey of the Dall’Italia All’Australia.

In Search of Kings

Hi I’m Robert Di Pierdomenico but you can call me Dipper. I’m a former Aussie Rules player. Now I’m a Channel Seven boundary rider. Tonight’s first Australian Story is ...

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 21.05.2009

Tony De Bolfo

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ONE - The author behind the story of the journey of the Dall’Italia All’Australia

Tony De Bolfo

A journalist and author by profession, Tony De Bolfo has contributed articles to newspapers almost from the time he left school in 1980.

For two decades he was employed as a sportswriter for major metropolitan dailies including The Australian and The Herald Sun. A lifelong supporter of ...

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 25.04.2009

Lest We Forget - Pte Steleanos Gengos 2nd AIF

'Stan' Steleanos Gengos, son of Evangelos and Evangelia Gengos, born Aug 1919 in Sydney enlisted in the Australian Army May 1940.
Private Steleanos Gengos 2/15 Australian Infantry Battalion was killed during the siege of Tobruk Libya 1 September 1942.
Pte Steleanos Gengos is buried in the El Alamein War Cemetery.
Steleanos Memorials are on the Commemorative Area of the Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT and Brisbane War Memorial.

Rest in Peace


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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 25.04.2009

Lest We Forget - Flying Officer William Gengos RAAF.

William Gengos, born Inverell October 1916 the son of Vassilios and Calliope, Gengos died in the Tobruk area on 12 August 1942.

Flying Officer William Gengos was the co-pilot of a Wellington Bomber - AD629 - set out from Kabrit Airfield Egypt on a bombing mission over Tobruk Libya. The aircraft was lost on the mission. The aircraft and crew were never found.

William Gengos Memorials are located on his fathers headstone in Moree Cemetery (see under Gravestones) and the ...

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submitted by The Australian Newspaper on 23.04.2009

Kytherian bionic eye researcher, Minas Coroneo gains 2020 summit grant -

one of only 9 applications from 962 submiiteed, gain funding.

Leigh Dayton
The Australian, April 23, 2009, page 6

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Researchers race to develop bionic eye

The scientific race is on for all or part of the $50.7 million allotted for research to develop a bionic eye.

The goal of the research -- funded over four years as part of the Rudd Government's response to last year's 2020 Summit -- is to commercialise ...

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 13.12.2008

Kytherian, Ruby Brown (nee, Feros) stars at Sydney’s 3rd Annual Gluten Free Food & Allergy Show

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Ruby launched her new book - Homestyle Cooking. Gluten Free. Breads, Buns & Pancakes.

This is the third of Ruby's Gluten free books.

Sydney’s third annual Gluten Free Food & Allergy Show was held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre from 15-16th November 2008.

The Gluten Free Food and Allergy Show focuses on gluten free foods and free-from foods for food intolerant ...

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submitted by Sydney Magazine on 04.12.2008

Ed Saltis. Winner of the Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race. 1998. Ten year anniversary. 2008.

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Eye of the storm

The Sydney Magzine. Issue 68, December 2008, pp. 42-51

Ten years after the most tragic events in the Sydney to Hobart’s history, the iconic race has moved on, writes Malcolm Knox

From a distance, the start of the
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race looks as picturesque as a painters tableau, silent and graceful. Up close, it feels more like ...

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submitted by Victor Panaretos on 19.11.2008

Emmanuel Panaretos

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Cameraman & editor for Al Jazeera TV News in Athens.

Download Athens News article here:

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ATΗENS ΝΕWS 26th September 2008 pp. 14-15

The point of focus is to shoot and run

The Athens News meets Emmanuel –Manny Panaretos, cameraman and editor for ...

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 02.11.2008

Works about Lafcadio Hearn. (Yakumo Koizumi). 1850-1904

anon. 1899
. An Orientalized American. in: The Literary Digest, Vol XIX, No. 7, Whole No. 486; New York, August 12, 1899. pp. 189-190. 30 Lafayette Place, N.Y. Funk & Wagnalls Company, Publishers. Unsigned article, quoting The Verdict, July 24, 1899: the writer, having seen Hearn in Tokyo, in half-Japanese, half-Western clothing, with huge spectacles, attributes his retention in the University to his Orientalized state. Edward ...

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submitted by DAILY TELEGRAPH on 01.11.2008

Looking to expand: Envirolab Services Sydney managing director Tania Notaras is hoping to open up business in Perth

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With right mix lab is confident of growth

Daily Telegraph Tuesday Oct 28 2008 page 49

Notaras Tania 2008 Oct Telegraph re growth.pdf

Jenny Dillon

At a time when businesses of every shape and hue are battening down the hatches, there is one that — despite having ...

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 26.10.2008

The Cassim Story

as written by Katie Cassim - April 2002

CHARLES CASSIM - He was the eighth child and third son of a Minister in the Greek Orthodox Church. His Grandfather and his maternal Grandfather were also in the Church on the island of Kythera. His Father was also an Iconographer, a graduate of an Art School in Crete.

In Kythera, the family owned property on which they grew vines, grapes and pears. They also had in the family two Chapels.
Charles went to school in Potamos, ...

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submitted by SUN HERALD on 10.08.2008

Professor Minas Coroneo. Opthamologist and Researcher, Bionic breakthrough in sight with a (Kytherian)-Australian first

Sun Herald, Sydney, Australia, August 10, 2008.

Louise Hall Health Reporter.

AUSTRALIA'S first bionic eye will be implanted by two Sydney researchers.

Using the same cochlear technology that allows the deaf to hear, the device aims to restore basic vision in patients with degenerative eye diseases, allowing them to walk without a cane or guide dog and differentiate between night and day.

Minas ...

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 23.04.2008

Leontsinis Psaros Wedding

Thursday 18 July 1929
Inverell NSW Australia


‘A very pretty wedding was celebrated yesterday by the Very Rev. Theofylactos ( head of the Greek Church in Australia, who made the journey from Sydney to celebrate the ceremony), when Miss Angela Psaros, sister of Messrs. P. and T. Psaros of Inverell, was joined in holy bonds to Mr Nicholas Leontsinis, of Queanbeyan.

The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. ...

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submitted by O Kosmos on 26.04.2008

Nicholas P Leontsinis.

Eminent musician and teacher.

Article about the recently released biography by George N Leontsinis.

View/download article as a .pdf:

Leontsinis Nicholas Greek O Kosmos.pdf

Leontsinis-Psaros wedding 1929

Nicholas ...

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submitted by Sydney Morning Herald on 10.01.2008

Weary kayakers only days from New Zealand

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PICTURE: From Forster, In Australia, to New Plymouth, in New Zealand … James Castrission and Justin Jones said their leg muscles were wasting away from weeks of sitting.

Photo: Mark Dwyer

Exhausted - and the worst is still to come.

Edmund Tadros

Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday January 10th, 2008. Page 7.

Two Australian kayakers ...