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The Kalligeros Brothers and Minas Kalopaidis

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

The Kalligeros brothers and Mr. G. Kalopaidis, possess two extremely profitable shops, one of which stands in the country town of Temora, in New South Wales, with the well-known name of Calogeros Bros., whilst the other stands in West Wyalong, with the name Calopedis and Calogeros. Both the Kalligeros brothers and Mr. Calopaidis hail from Kythera.

Originally Mr. Dimitrios G. Kalligeros came to Australia and, having worked for some years, purchased the shop in Temora, for which he took on as partner his brothers, Panayiotis and Spyridon, who had come to Australia after him.

In 1911, however, the Kalligeros brothers bought another shop in Wyalong, in partnership with Mr. Kalopaidis. The shop in Temora is managed by Mr. Kalligeros, whilst the shop in Wyalong is managed by Mr. Minas Kalopaidis and Mr. Panayiotis Kalligeros. Today, they are all to be classed among the most well established Greeks of Australia.

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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