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Georgios Ion. Sklavos

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

Hailing from the village of Mitata on Kythera, Mr. G. Sklavos left while still a child for Smyrna and from there, scarcely 20 years old, he came to Australia in search of better fortune.

After many years of work, during which he was engaged in various business activities, he formed a partnership with some other fellow Greeks and succeeded but three years ago in founding one of the most splendid pastry shops in Brisbane, a photograph of which we give here. This establishment both does honour to the Greek name abroad and is a great ornament to the avenue of Brisbane on which it stands.

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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