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submitted by George Poulos on 18.10.2004

Cinema Research 9: Appendix 9: Informal results of a survey to determine what Greek-Australians considered were the Greek Landmarks in New South Wales.

During the 1990's KEVIN CORK undertook extensive research into cinema's in Australia.

Tragically, he died before completing his work, but most of the chapters of his Thesis, were completed.

His wife and children have kindly given permission for his work to be reproduced.

Most Australian's would be unaware of the degree to which Greeks, and particularly Kytherian Greeks dominated cinema ownership in Australia - especially in New South Wales.

This is Appendix 9 of Kevin Cork's previously unpublished Ph.D thesis.

In Appendix 9, Kevin Cork interviewed 10 Greek_Australians, or persons interested in Greek-Australian history in order to determine what they considered were the Greek Landmarks in NSW.

Although not central to the history of Greek-Australian cinema theme, I include it here as a testament to Kevin Cork's interest in, and diligence of research into, Greek-Australian history.

It would be very interesting to follow up Kevin's research, and ask kythera-family users - what is their answer to the question - what are the Greek-Australian landmarks in NSW...and Australia?

It is difficult to know how to pass on to Kytherians the results of Kevin Cork's important research's.

In the end, I felt that the results should be passed on in the most extensive way - i.e. in full re-publication of all Chapter's and Appendices.

Eventually all Chapters and Appendices will appear on the kythera-family web-site.

Other entries can be sourced by searching under "Cork" on the internal search engine.

I have also placed him under People, subsection, High Achievers, for reasons that become obvious once you have read the contents of his thesis.


APPENDIX 9

RESULTS OF SURVEY TO FIND WHAT ARE CONSIDERED TO BE THE GREEK LAND MARKS IN NSW?


(- assuming a land mark to be an artefact, a building or a site.)


Name: GEORGE CONOMOS, Longueville

Date interviewed: 20.3.1997

Means: Telephone

Relationship to cinema people: Son of Walgett theatre proprietor Emmanuel Conomos

Age group: 45 - 55

Landmarks:
Holy Trinity Church, Bourke St, Surry Hills
Cathedral in Dowling St
St George's Church, Newcastle St, Rose Bay (built 1950s/60s)
Paragon Cafe, Katoomba


Name: CON MOTTEE, Croydon

Date interviewed: 20.3.1997

Means: Telephone

Relationship to cinema people: Son of Kempsey Macleay Talkies exhibitor, Peter Mottee.

Age group: 65 - 75

Landmarks:
Holy Trinity Church, Bourke St, Surry Hills
Paragon Cafe, Katoomba.
[Very few rich Greeks before WW2 - therefore not able to build monumental buildings.
Were good citizens, deeply wanted to be accepted.]


Name: ANGELO HATSATOURIS

Date interviewed: 4.4.1997

Means: Telephone

Relationship to cinema people: Son of George Hatsatouris, North Coast exhibitor.

Age group: 45 - 55

Landmarks:
Kastellorizian Club; Paragon Cafe, Katoomba
St Spyridon's Church, 72 Gardeners Rd, Kingsford (lot of Kastellorizians helped to build it)
Holy Trinity Church, Surry Hills (lot of Kytherians helped build it)


Name: ANDREAS COMNINO

Date interviewed: 21.3.1997

Means: In person

Relationship to cinema people: None. Student at The Australian Institute of Music. Father is Australian born to Greek parents.

Age group: 15 - 25

Landmarks:
Could not think of any.


Name: ANASTASIA CORONEO (daughter of Andrew Coroneo)

Date interviewed: 21.3.1997

Means: Telephone

Relationship to cinema people: Grand-daughter of Alexander Coroneo, various cinemas.

Age group: 15 - 25

Landmarks:
Marrickville - the suburb
A church in Surry Hills (ie Holy Trinity Church, Surry Hills)
Nothing else.


Name: ANDREW CORONEO, Woollahra

Date interviewed: 22.3.1997

Means: Telephone

Relationship to cinema people: Son of exhibitor at various cinemas, Alexander Coroneo.

Age group: 55 - 65

Landmarks:
Holy Trinity Church, Surry Hills, built 1897, opened 1898.
Marathon Cafe, Oxford St (near Zink and Sons, tailors) - closed but building there - was place where Kytherian Brotherhood was formed in 1922.
Nothing else.


Name: GEORGE HATSATOURIS

Date interviewed: 20.3.1997

Means: Telephone

Relationship to cinema people: Grandson of George Hatsatouris, North Coast exhibitor.

Age group: 15 - 25

Landmarks:
Could not think of any.


Name: JAMES O'DEA

Date interviewed: 22.3.1997

Means: Telephone

Relationship to cinema people:Grandson of Sam Coroneo, exhibitor at Cessnock/Tamworth

Age group: 35 - 45

Landmarks:
Greek portion of Botany Cemetery. (Grandparents buried there.)


Name: STAHY ZOGRAPHAKIS

Date interviewed: 24.3.1997

Means: In person

Relationship to cinema people: None. Student at The Australian Institute of Music. Parents are Greek-born, father being a former priest at Greek Orthodox Church, Marrickville.

Age group: 25 - 35

Landmarks:
Holy Trinity Church, Bourke St, Surry Hills
St George's Church, Newcastle St, Rose Bay

Name: ABRAHAM POZOGLOU

Date interviewed: 24.3.1997

Means: In person

Relationship to cinema people: None. Student at The Australian Institute of Music. Parents are Greek-born.

Age group: 15 - 25

Landmarks:
Could not think of any.


Name: CHRISTINA ANASTASIOU

Date interviewed: 25.3.1997

Means: In person

Relationship to cinema people: None. Student at The Australian Institute of Music. Parents are Greek-born (from Cyprus).

Age group: 15 - 25

Landmarks:
Holy Trinity Church, Bourke St, Surry Hills


Name: LEONARD JANISZEWSKI

Date interviewed: 22.3.1997

Means: Telephone

Relationship to cinema people: None. Partner of Effy Alexakis (Images of Home book).

Age group: 35 - 45

Landmarks:
Greek Community Centre, South Dowling and Oxford Streets (ex-Odeon - not Greek built)
Holy Trinity Church
St Sophia church
Comino's cafe - in Oxford Street - now St Vincent de Paul's - was an early cafe.
Niagara Cafe, Gundagai - owners (Castrission Bros) had an Art Deco facade brought in from Sydney and installed in 1930s. Cafe built over former colonial-days Rest House at time when town was raised to stop floods doing so much damage. Lots of artefacts found.
Olympia Cafe, Murrurundi - old one the new Art Deco front sent from Sydney and installed. In same Greek family until recently? - Gavrilis/Gabriel.
Hill End/Tambaroora (formerly Greek Town)- including local cemetery. House of Greek-born gold miner, Jeremiah Williams, still standing.
Area of land west of Mudgee belonging to Michael Manousou.
Oyster leases on Hawkesbury - established by Comino Bros - who had the impetus to start the industry and others followed.
Tombs - Picton - Manolis; Nimmitabel - Ghikas Boulgaris (2nd convict).
Between c1850 and c1880s, c3000 Greeks came seeking gold.
1st recorded Victorian Greek arrival (Spiro Kiricate, arrived Vic 1843) is buried at Rookwood - twice married, 2nd marriage brought him to NSW. Also at Rookwood, John Peters.
Waverley Cemetery - early Greek plots, incl 1st free Greek settler, 1st resident priest.
Manly - The Corso - c1910s to c1930s - one of largest Greek groupings of confectionery shops and manufacturers.
Clifton Gardens - beach - late 19th/early 20th centuries - was a congregating place of Greeks for socialising.
Finger Wharves at Darling Harbour and Woolloomooloo - where so many migrants arrived.


Stated that an icon artist who follows Byzantine rituals said that the 1st generation Greeks were inclined to make good their material success and, in doing so, have lost their spiritual side, including their strong links to their culture. It is not until the 3rd or 4th generation (who do not have to struggle for material success) starts to think about it all and try to find their cultural origins. After 1988, there was a resurgeance in this type of thing which previously had not been acknowledged.


COMPILATION: 10 people interviewed.

Those interviewed:
4 - sons of former exhibitors (Greek-born);
3 - grandchildren of former exhibitors (Greek-born);
2 - children of Greek-born parents
1 - grandchild of one set of Greek-born grandparents.

Landmarks identified:
Botany Cemetery - Greek portion.
Cathedral in Dowling St
Holy Trinity Church, Surry Hills
Holy Trinity Church, Surry Hills (stated as "A church in Surry Hills".)
Holy Trinity Church, Bourke St, Surry Hills
Holy Trinity Church, Bourke St, Surry Hills
Holy Trinity Church, Surry Hills, built 1897, opened 1898.
Holy Trinity Church, Bourke St, Surry Hills
Holy Trinity Church, Bourke St, Surry Hills
Marathon Cafe, Oxford St (near Zink and Sons, tailors) - closed but building there (- was place where Kytherian Brotherhood was formed in 1922)
Marrickville - the suburb
Paragon Cafe, Katoomba
Paragon Cafe, Katoomba
Paragon Cafe, Katoomba
St George's Church, Newcastle St, Rose Bay (built 1950s/60s)
St George's Church, Newcastle St, Rose Bay
St Spyridon's Church, Gardeners Rd, Kingsford

Could not think of any.
Could not think of any.
Could not think of any.

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