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Ioannis Sp. Morphesis

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


Noted for his hospitality and diligence, Mr. Ioannis Morphesis, who is twenty four and who hails from Vathy, on Ithaki, came to Australia in 1908.

After a period of continuous and persistent work for two whole years, he purchased a shop in the country town of Lithgow, in New South Wales. He now manages this with great skill and care. He enjoys all the good things that flow from this shop, that is, the sweet fruits of many years of the labour and effort to which he subjected himself.


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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