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Georgios Efts. Paxinos

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

Kindly, gentle, direct, peaceable, sweet natured and the complete philanthrope – such is the sympathetic 50-year old Mr. Georgios Paxinos, son of Efstathios, who hails from Ithaki and is the oldest of all the Greeks settled in Newcastle.

When he first came to Australia, in 1891, he engage to engage in various business activities with great eagerness. After a struggle of many years engaged in this activity, he managed, thanks to his individual advantages and gifts alone, to succeed in opening a splendid and very prosperous establishment, which stands on one of the most aristocratic streets of Newcastle. Mr. Paxinos enjoys the respect and love both of Greeks and of many of the Australians of this great city.

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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