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submitted by Lori Gavrilis on 20.08.2020

Looking for information on my Grandparents, Theodore Demitrios Gavrilys January 25, 1893, and Mary Gus Gavrilys (Coukoulis) September 15, 1900, both from Kythera, Greece

Papo's parents were Demetrios Yiannis Gavrilis "Bouikiouros" and Politimi Gavrilis (Hristianos). 

His siblings were John, Nicolas, and I also believe Panayiotis, Andonis, and Zaharias were brothers. 

We have photos of the home Papo grew up in.  The family estate I hoope to visit in a few years.


YiaYia's parents were Constantinos (Gus) Coukoulis and Kiriacoula Coukolis (Logothetis). 

Her siblings were ...

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submitted by Susan Johnson on 03.06.2020

Seeking Mr Panagiotis Tzortzopoulos, last known living in Queensland, 2000

Hello there,


I am an author with a book contract to the Australian publisher Allen and Unwin. I've been commissioned to write a memoir about my experience of Kythera, starting 40 years ago as a young woman. Last year, 2019, I came to live on the island with my 85-year-old mother, Barbara. See here


As ...

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 25.02.2020

Kritharis and Frantzeskakis 1914

Kritharis and Frantzeskakis

 A story set in Sandstone

Places – Karavas, Kythera and Q Station, North Head Sydney.

Time – 1914

Ship – RMS Orsova

Dramatis Personae – Konstantine Kritharis (1878 -1953)

Theodore Frantzeskakis (1898 -1941)


Two men from the village of Karavas on the island of Kythera carved their names on a sandstone platform above the Quarantine Station at North ...

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submitted by Lillian Bradley on 09.01.2020

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 26.04.2019

Andreas Kalokairinos

These are some memories of Andreas Kalokairinos' life on Kythera before he moved to Australia. He was kind enough to tell them to me a few years ago for my book The Kytherians. Andreas died in April of 2019 on Kythera. He will be missed!

James Prineas




There’s one thing I’m proud of about myself: I’ve got a very good memory. With more recent things I’m not ...

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 21.08.2018

The Man who Found Luck in the Lucky Country - 1974

Man who found luck in the Lucky Country

(Transcribed from Australian Women’s Weekly, 30 Jan 1974)

Andrew V. Fatseas tells his story.


This story for Australia Day (1974) – the day marking European settlement in this country – tells what happened to a Greek migrant who arrived in 1924, 136 years after the first settler stepped ashore at Sydney ….. a ...

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 26.02.2019

Anargyros Vretos Fatseas 1907 - 1998

‘Andrew’ Anargyros Vretos Fatseas


Andrew Victor Fatseas (Andy)

 1907 – 1998

“Whether in bliss or in distress, I never forget the land of my birth. After all, it was mother Greece who instilled into me those moral virtues, without which I would not have appreciated as fully as I do now what Australia has given to me.”

‘Andrew’ Fatseas, Australia Day 1974

Anargyros ...

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submitted by Vikki Vrettos Fraioli on 31.05.2018

Franklin students pay tribute to their Dedicated Friend - Peter David Clentzos

Reprinted from the 1974 Franklin High School Yearbook

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States



Franklin students pay tribute to their Dedicated Friend


 Go to any school, and there are bound to be teachers, administrators, janitors, even secretaries that have been there for years and years and have become legends in their own time. At Franklin, Pete Clentzos has become such a ...

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submitted by vasiliki Theocharopoulou on 03.11.2017





My grandfather, John Panaretos, returned from Australia in 1906. He married my grandmother, Eleni Katsouli, who died a year later, 17 days after the birth of my father, Dimitris. The orphan child was then breastfed by Irini Prineas. When my father was three years old, my grandfather remarried and had four children with his second wife. My father had a difficult childhood, always having to do ...

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submitted by vasiliki Theocharopoulou on 17.05.2017






I was born at home, in the village of Potamos, in March 1933, though my birth was registered one year later.My mother suffered from postnatal fever-it was very common back then-and so shetravelled to Piraeus to be treated in the hospital. It took some time for her to come back and register the newborn baby, so 1934 is the official year of birth on my certificate. ...

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submitted by vasiliki Theocharopoulou on 01.03.2017

Stathoula Souri



My name is Stathoula Souri. I was born on the 20th of August 1929 in Gerakari village. Gerakari is where I got married, Gerakari is where I raised my children. Not at the same house. I was born, raised and married at my father’s house and later on we made our own home, also in Gerakari.


I only went to Primary school. After this I didn’t continue, because the war came. My father had planned for ...

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submitted by Anna Cominos on 01.09.2016

RETURN TO THE VILLAGE- A Funny Story of Otherness




Where are we going? Where have we been?

The eternal existential questions are limitless. Comic sit-down storyteller, Anna Cominos

tackles these eternal questions and more in her new one-woman show RETURN TO THE VILLAGE,

from 27-30 September, at Marrickville’s Factory Theatre as part ...

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 16.02.2016

Building cultural identity through reading

The Weekend Neos Kosmos, (Melbourne)

Saturday 13th February 2016, Page 16

Author Melina Mallos has a winning formula for bringing children in touch with their cultural heritage that Cat while on holiday to her parents' birthplace


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One can't think of the beautiful cobbled streets of the Greek islands without the meow of a cat springing ...

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submitted by Lafcadio Hearn Files on 03.11.2015

Lefkada’s Hearn: Europe reclaims its literary ‘lost son’


OCT 10, 2015

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Photograph:An age before Japan. Hearn lived with his Irish great-aunt during the 1850's

The Greek island of Lefkada, rising from the Ionian Sea south of Corfu, is famed for its white beaches and vertical cliffs from which the poet Sappho is said to have leaped ...

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submitted by Tess Robson on 20.09.2015

My Greek Grandfather, Samuel Donnes

My Grandfather Samuel Donnes/Antonatos, was born on Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, he was the son of Constantine/Constantinos Antonatos, on whom I have not been able to find information other than that he was a master mariner on Kefalonia.

My Grandfather Samuel came to Australia and the story below is taken from my family history.



The sea has offered Greek-Australians employment opportunities in a variety ...

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submitted by The Japan Times on 15.07.2015

Lafcadio Hearn’s timeless anthology of ghost tales

By Matt Treyvaud
Special to the JAPAN TIMES
July 11, 2015

What is it about “Kwaidan”? It wasn’t Lafcadio Hearn’s first take on Japanese ghost stories — it wasn't even his first such book whose title was a single Japanese word starting with “K” (“Kotto” was published two years earlier, in 1902). But it’s “Kwaidan” that still claims a place in literary history, even as its siblings among Hearn’s prodigious oeuvre recede into cult status.

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 26.05.2015

An Intellectual Journey Through Paris

John Poulos is inviting you to a launch of his book on 2pm Sunday on 21 June 2015 at Surfish Café Bondi Beach Pavilion Elizabeth Drive on Bondi Beach. If you are unable to attend but would like a copy you may contact Berkelouw, Abbeys, Gleebooks, Oscar and Friends at Double Bay or Lesley McKay’s book store, Spencer Street Woollahra or contact Johnny Poulos ...

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 21.05.2015

Ο Δαρβίνος στην Αθήνα

A review of Kytherian Maria Zarimis' book: Darwins Footprint.Cultural Perspectives on Evolution in Greece (1880-1930s)
Εκδόσεις CEU Press, 2015,
σελ. 340, τιμή 45 ευρώ

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Μια νέα σημαντική προσέγγιση για τη διάχυση της θεωρίας της εξέλιξης στο ελληνικό λογοτεχνικό τοπίο του ...

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submitted by Ethnos Newspaper on 19.05.2015


ΕΘΝΟΣ «E» 17/5/2015

Μιλάει Ελληνικά και στηρίζει τις δράσεις της ομογένειας
Ο Τζορτζ Μίλερ γεννήθηκε στην πόλη Τσιντσίλα του Κουίνσλαντ, 3 Μαρτίου του 1945 με τον δίδυμο αδελφό του Γιάννη, ενώ η οικογένεια απέκτησε και άλλα δύο αγόρια, τον Χρήστο και τον Βασίλη.


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submitted by Hellenic War History on 09.05.2015

Dr Maria Hill speaks and is presented with an Award

Maria was invited to give a talk in Canberra on 29 April 2015, at the opening for the art exhibition called "Lemnos - the Greek dimension in the Anzac Centenary."

Maria made historical reference to Lemnos and its contribution to the Allied War effort during World War I.

The 'Lemnos' presentation was organised as part of the events for the Centenary of the Australian and New Zealand Expeditionary Corps, in the presence of diplomatic corps representatives, local media, ...