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submitted by Vikki Vrettos Fraioli on 06.07.2009

Desert Dispatch biography of Peter Clentzos

Reprinted by permission, from the Desert Dispatch, Barstow, California

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Backward Glance by Steve Smith
Meet Barstow's Olympian: Pete Clentzos

Editor's note: This is the first of two parts.

Recently I was watching the Olympic torch relay on TV when the torch was passed to Pete Clentzos. They briefly ran down his biography, mainly emphasizing that he, having just ...

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submitted by Epsilon Magazine on 20.06.2006

Set in Gold. Stephanie Magiros works magic for New South Wales.

Volume 1, Issue 5, Epsilon (Magazine), 31st May, 2006; pages 1, & 34-39

Epsilon is a new Greek-Australian magazine, which is published bi-weekly.

Volume 1, Issue 1, was launched on April 1, 2006.

It is available at all newstands in Australia, which sell the O Kosmos newspaper.

Contact <b>Epsilon</b> here

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submitted by The Daily Examiner, Grafton on 29.05.2006

Chris Hatgis. Grafton, NSW.

A stroll in Athens with his uncle, before Chris Hatgis leaves for Greece

Our Yesterdays. Grafton's Greek connection.

The Daily Examiner, Tuesday October 7, 2003, page 11.

By, Lauretta Godbee

Chris Hatgis
was 13 years old, when he travelled alone half-way round the world to meet up with the father he had not seen since Chris was a toddler.

Christos Hatgis was born ...

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submitted by George Poulos on 28.05.2006

Anastasopoulos to.....Langley????

Some current Australian names bare little resemblance to their original Greek names and some none at all.
e.g. we almost had a Greek Don Bradman!
A Greek who had difficulty with his surname decided to change his name to a more easily recognizable one.

He selected a name from a newstand.

The newstand featured a cricketer who had made a sizeable score - Gil Langley.

Thus we have Jim and Nick Langley and Langley's Cafe at Grafton, NSW.

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submitted by The Daily Examiner, Grafton on 27.05.2006

Spiro Notaras. Grafton.

Profiles of Champions.

The achievers.

A true all-rounder

by, Max Godbee

The Daily Examiner, (Grafton), Friday, December 6, 2002. page 34.

Talk about great all-round sports­man produced on the Clarence and the name or Spiro Notaras will soon come into the conversation.
Spiro has done well in every sport he has taken on such as track and field athletics, swimming, rug­by union and rugby league, sail­ing, ...

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submitted by Sandra Meligakes on 21.05.2006

To My Grandma's House

Skipping down the tree-shaded sidewalk lined with white-washed fences, a little girl with long braided hair swings her arms to and fro, to and fro, sweeping her pinafore folds as she goes, as she goes. Keeping her synchronized stepping, she smoothly begins yesterday's visible chalked hop-scotch game of the curly-haired-girl-down-the-street, four-five, and six, seven-eight, then on her way, on her way to Grandma's house.
Such is the memorable path to modern-day storybook grandmother's ...

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submitted by Vassilia Corones on 23.05.2006

Harry Corones & Judge Ryan. endearing, story concerns Harry’s somewhat shaky grasp of written English. On one occasion, one of Harry’s guests had been a circuit judge from Brisbane who used to stay at the hotel, and who, every year, would go duck shooting with Harry. His visit to Charleville over, the judge had taken the train back to Brisbane when Harry discovered that he had left his gun behind, so Harry telephoned him to let him know. But the line between Charleville and Brisbane was very poor, compounded by ...

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submitted by John Economos on 27.09.2014

Qantas's Greek roots.

Qantas, Australians largest airline, and one of the world's oldest (It's celebrating its 85th year anniversary this year), had Greek names on its first planes.

The names included "Perseus", "Pegasus", "Atalanta", "Hermes" and “Hippomenes" and among the first shareholders of the company was Greek Australian Harry Corones.

At the beginning of the 1920's, two young pilots, Hudson Fysh and Paul Magines, World War I veterans, had a vision to found an airways company ...

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submitted by Gerald Feros on 08.05.2006

George Feros goes to school(?)

Reproduced by permission from the author.
From "Katsehamos and the Great Idea" by Peter Prineas,
pages 181-182:

"George Feros, the younger son of Peter Feros, unexpectedly found himself working at the Q Cafe in 1948. 'I think Katsavias would have been in his late 40s then. He was a short, stocky bloke. He used to dress reasonably well, always neat and clean. He was clever; maybe too clever. He spoke English well and he could read and write as well as anyone. ...

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submitted by Ross Thorne & Kevin Cork on 07.05.2006

George Laurantus

From around 1915 to the early 1960s 116 country picture theatres in NSW were at some time operated by 66 Greek immigrants in 57 towns. Thirty-four new picture theatres were built by Greek exhibitors in these towns. It is known that at least 61 of these immigrants were proprietors of their own food businesses by the time they branched into the motion picture exhibition business.

The Laurantus brothers fitted this model of arrival. Nicholas went to a Greek-run country café. George ...

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submitted by Effy Alexakis And Leonard Janiszewski on 07.05.2006

First Soda Fountain's to Australia

The ‘Greek café’: the future of Australia’s past

In 1912, three Greek migrant/settlers from the United States, Peter and Constantine Soulos and Anthony Louison (Iliopoulos), formed the Anglo-American Company in Sydney. Based upon the American drug store soda bar, the company’s shops (five by the mid-1910s) broadly exposed Sydneysiders to the soda fountain [1] ...

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submitted by Hugh Gilchrist on 02.05.2006

First Greek & Kytherian dentist in Australia.

Australia’s first dentist of Greek family was George Gengos. His father, from Kythera, had operated a restaurant and an ice-works in Moree. George, born in Inverell in 1914, attended Sydney Grammar School, entered Sydney University, and after winning a scholarship in operative and prosthetic dentistry graduated BDS with honours in 1936, and later gained a doctorate in dental surgery in Toronto. An inaugural Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons, he served during the war as a ...

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submitted by Phillip Con Poulos on 29.04.2006

Frosso Poulos. My story.

From the Newslettter of the Ex-Services Home, Ballina, September, 2002.

PO Box 350 Ballina 2478
Ph: 6686 2383
Fax: 6686 6469

My entry into the world was in a small village called Karava on the small Greek Island of Kythera in 1928. As I showed promise as a scholar, I was sent to live with my uncle and aunty in Athens to be properly educated. Unfortunately, the German invasion of Greece during WWII resulted in my return to Kythera ending my dreams ...

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submitted by National Archives, Australia on 29.04.2006

Gregory Casimaty, Hobart, Tasmania.

After arriving in Sydney in 1905, 15-year-old Grigorios Kasimatis (later known as Gregory Casimaty) tried his luck in Queensland and New South Wales before settling in Tasmania. Gregory established the Britannia Café in Elizabeth Street, Hobart in the early 1900s and followed this with many other successful business ventures. Known for his charity and benevolence – including providing Christmas dinner for 200 unemployed single men in the Depression years – Gregory Casimaty was recommended for ...

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submitted by National Archives, Australia on 29.04.2006

George Gabriel Haros.

George Gabriel Haros arrived in Australia in the 1930s and applied his inventiveness to producing an efficient way of heating water for tea and coffee in cafés like the Britannia.

While George Haros is probably best known for the invention and subsequent establishment of the Haros Boiler Company in 1939, he didn’t restrict his inventiveness to the catering industry. In 1942, the Army Inventions Directorate in Melbourne was informed that he designed a new anti-aircraft ...