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Theodoros Pan. Lahanas

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

One of the most beautiful and elegant shops in the interior of New South Wales belongs to Mr. Theodoros P. Lahanas, from Kythera.

Mr. Lahanas came to Australia in 1900 and about the middle of 1906, in partnership with his elder brother, bought a shop in the country town of Kempsy. They have raised the business to a notable position, thanks to their skill.

Messrs. the brothers Lahanas are to be included among the well-established Greeks of Australia, whilst their shop is the first of its kind in the sizeable and romantic country town of Kempsy in 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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