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Ioannis Theod. Tambakis

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

Mr. Ioannis Tambakis is one of the few persons of his age who are typified by a strong will and unceasing diligence.

He is an extremely sympathetic personality, notable for his politeness and gentlemanly bearing. Since his father left for Greece, he has been owner and manager of a shop in the country town of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, which he very skilfully manages. Mr. Tambakis comes from the island of Kythera and has been in Australia almost since childhood, where he has always aimed at attaining good qualities and bettering 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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