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The Brothers Panagiotis and Theophanis Leousi

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

The brothers Panayiotis and Theophanis G. Leousi, distinguished for the beauty of their voices, are the first to have formed a musical group in Sydney. They are both young, having arrived in Australia but five years ago.

Notable for their hospitality and commercial acumen, they are children worthy of the noted commercial tailor of Athens, Mr. Georgios Leousi, who saw to it that they enjoyed a splendid education and an aristocratic upbringing and schooling.

The Leousi brothers originally founded a business in a country town in New South Wales. Three years ago, it fell to their lot to become managers and owners of a splendid and profitable shop in Sydney.

They live in perfect harmony and love and are rightly to be classed among those who contribute to the progress of Hellenism, never refusing aid, spiritual or material, towards every goal of common benefit.

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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