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The Brothers Ioannis and Antonios Notaras

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

Among those who should feel proud of the splendid results of their abilities and willpower is Mr. Lambros I. Notaras, who today resides back in his homeland of Kythera.

It was through he choice of good fortune that he came to Australia, together with his powerful desire for work. He faced problems, as do all who seek to better themselves in a foreign land, but finally he triumphed.

After a period of about 11 years in Australia, he now relaxes at his ease in his homeland, having left behind two splendid shops for his sons, Ioannis and Antonios. These stand in the enchanting town of Grafton, in New South Wales.

The Notaras brothers, young men of splendid principles, full of the desire to progress, have contributed greatly to their father’s success in Australia. Ioannis, who is about 22 years old, skillfully manages one of the shops and Antonios, who is 20, the other.

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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