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Panayiotis Stathis, son of Father Georgios Stathis

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

Southeast of Sydney and connected to it by train lies the attractive country town of Hay, in New South Wales. Through Hay flows a navigable river, spanned by a splendid moving bridge.

In this country town, there is a notable library, named Athenian, as well as the establishment of Panayiotis G. Stathis, from Kythera. Mr. Stathis came to Australia about six years ago and in 1915, together with his brother, bought a shop, which both of them now skillfully manage. They live together in enviable harmony and unity, whence they are rightly to be classed among the most refined members of the Greek community of New South Wales.

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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