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Georgios Nik. Sofianios

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

Among the Greeks who possess splendid shops in Australia is to be placed the 30-year-old Mr. G. N. Sofianos, who hails from the village of Phrykes, on Ithaki.

Mr. Sofianos arrived in Australia twenty years ago. He now owns in partnership a most splendid and profitable shop in Newcastle, which bears the name Denes and Denes. He is therefore rightly to be classed among the successfully settled Greeks of Australia. This establishment is almost the first of its type in Newcastle and is thus the subject of great praise by the Greeks whose particular esteem and love Mr. Sofianos enjoys.

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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