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The Hatzimichael Brothers, Pythagoras and Mavroudis

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

Six years have flowed by since the brothers Pythagoras and Mavroudis Hatzimichael settled in Australia.

By reason of the unfortunate events that took place in Samos in 1908, the brothers were compelled to leave in 1909 their particular homeland, Palaio Karlovasi, and to settle in Melbourne in Australia. Three splendid shops, not to be despised in terms of worth and profits, standing on the central street of Melbourne, bear witness to who the Hatzimichael brothers are.

There is no doubt that their arrival has greatly contributed to the progress of the Greeks in Melbourne, who regard them with particular affection and who look forward with confidence to the future, full of good omen, of the Hatzimichael brothers. Their commercial name is Mitchell Bros., well-known in commercial circles in Melbourne.

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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