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Dimitrios An. Palladas

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

The son of a merchant and a tireless pironeer of progress, Mr. Dimitrios A. Palladas hails from Navplio. Practicising the trade of merchant since childhood, Mr. Palladas arrived in Australia in 1909, driven by the flame of a fervid desire for trade on a higher level. Working continuously for a year and familiarising himself with the different customs of Australia, he founded a small shop in Sydney.

In a short while, this was succeeded by a bigger establishment and now Mr. Palladas is already the owner of two luxurious and profitable shops on the most central streets of Sydney. He is always the protector of his numerous friends and is constantly a source of aid for any national or social needs.

Such, in short, is the sympathetic Mr. Palladas, who has served as overseer of the Greek Community of New South Wales and who is extremely well-known to the world of commerce and the Greeks of Sydney.

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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