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submitted by Adrianne Katmadas on 08.01.2008

Plaque to Honour Demetrios Katmadas

Plaque to Honour Original Greek Property Developer.

Three generations of descendants of Demetrios Katmadas, the ‘original Greek property developer’ of the Silkwood and surrounding north Queensland region will be attending the installation of a plaque at the site of Delta Café in Old Silkwood on Friday 11 January 2008, arranged by Graham Webb, Administrator of the Johnstone Shire Council.

Amongst the family in attendance will be ...

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submitted by Kytherian Cinema Review on 09.08.2008

Aris Stavrou receives his award at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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Ari Stavrou receives his award for Cinematography at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival

The 48th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (48o ΦΕΣΙΒAΛ KΙΝΗΜATΟΓΡAΦΟΥ ΘΕΣΣAΛΟΝΙKΗΣ), was held on the 27th November, 2007. The Thessaloniki International Film Festival is a member of the INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FILM PRODUCERS ASSOCIATIONS. The Festival was staged ...

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submitted by John Diacopoulos on 02.11.2007

Mary (Marigoula) Diacopoulos

17th May 1916- 26th October 2007

Mary was born Maria (Marigoula) Magonezos in the village of Aroniadika (Aroneyville) on the Island of Kythera; the fourth of five children (three boys and two girls) born to Vasilios Magonezos Aroney and Eleni Koumesos Aroney.

Mary was more commonly known by the diminutive of “Marigoula” and her children and grandchildren are still known on parts of the island as the children and grandchildren of Marigoula Magonezos rather than by ...

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submitted by Kytherian Newsletter Sydney on 25.10.2007

Congratulations to Mrs Lexie Cassimaty

...who has been invited to Attend Grafton's 73rd Jacaranda Festival as Celebrity Guest.

Lexie, eldest daughter of the late Nick & Koula Langley, grew up in Grafton, on the New South Wales North Coast.

Grafton is famous for its Jacaranda Festival and in 1957, at the age of 18, Lexie was chosen as Jacaranda Queen. This was a great honour and major achievment in the 1950's.

So to celebrate Lexie's Golden Anniversary, the event's organisers gave her the unique ...

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submitted by George Poulos on 19.10.2007

Loula ends 50-year link with the Busy Bee Cafe.

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It was the end of an era in Gunnedah at the weekend when Loula Zantiotis, the last of the old-style Greek cafe owners, called it a day at the Busy Bee Cafe.

At 12.06 pm on Sunday, 30th September, sur­rounded by her family, Loula Zantiotis slipped a new padlock on the door saying “yassou - and thanks for the memories.”

Loula has been part and parcel of the Busy Bee since her mar­riage to Peter Zantiotis in ...

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submitted by The Daily Examiner, Grafton on 12.10.2007

Spiro plans to honour his brother's memory.

Daily Examiner, Grafton.

A MEMORIAL to Clarence Valley timber pioneer Brinos Notaras is being planned for an area of Bom Bom State Forest, south of Grafton city.

Brinos, well-known for his dedication to the timber trade, was a driving force behind the J Notaras & Sons timber mill at South Grafton. Brinos's brother and business partner, Spiro Notaras, said eight hectares of land on the Pacific Highway, near the high-level bypass to Armidale ...

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submitted by Peter Vamvakaris on 04.10.2007

The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane, name a room at their Research Centre after Nina Vamvakaris.

Page 4 of the Hospital Newsletter can be viewed/downloaded below.


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submitted by Australian Financial Review on 21.09.2007

George Miller. Films $1 billion man.

by Brook Turner

The Australian Financial Review Magazine May 2007
Front cover, pp. 26-38.

Curious George

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To his friends he's the innocent Mumble. To his crew he's Lovelace, the Arctic witch-doctor, while the man himself thinks he's probably closer to Mad Max. Australia's king of the screen, George Miller, has drawn on aspects of all his heroes in his journey from ...

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submitted by Gaye Hegeman on 06.02.2008

Theodoros George Andronicos 1881-1948

Theodoros George Andronicos
Tested To The Very Extreme

One hundred and ten years ago my grandfather, Theo Andronicos, left his home in the town of Potamos, to make the long voyage to Australia on an Orient Line steamship, the “Oruba”, disembarking at Circular Quay Sydney in July 1897. He was sixteen years old when he reached Australia.

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Grandfather neither returned to the island he called Cerigo, ...

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submitted by George Poulos on 14.05.2007

Paul Kalokerinos' & family, Kytherian generosity.

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Note the self grown and self prepared olives in the foreground, on the counter. Some are full, some halved. Paul sells them in large jars in the shop. They are both "horyutika" and beautiful tasting.

Paul has operated the Canberra Cafe for 53 years in a row. A Kytherian world record?!?!

Photograph by Peter Prineas, Koutsaftis.

On 16th ...

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submitted by John Carras on 21.05.2007

Katerina Mageros turns 100.

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Na mus Hillyossi!

Down load .pdf overview here:

100 Katerina Mageros.pdf

Download article in the Neos Kosmos, Melbourne, here:

100 years Mageros Katerina Neos Kosmos article.pdf

Katerina ...

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submitted by Australian Dictionary Of Biography on 01.05.2007

Corones, Haralambos (Harry) (1883 - 1972).

17 September 1883, Kythera, Greece

22 March 1972, Charleville, Queensland, Australia

CORONES, HARALAMBOS (HARRY) (1883-1972), hotelier and businessman, was born on 17 September 1883 at Kithira, Greece, son of Panayiotis Coroneos, fisherman, and his wife Stamatea, née Freeleagus. From 1904 to 1906 Harry completed national service as a first-aid orderly. Having unsuccessfully applied to enter the United States of America, he emigrated ...

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submitted by DAILY TELEGRAPH on 05.04.2007

Costello has happy Oscar moment. A meeting with Kytherian Film Director, George Miller.

Daily Telegraph, Sydney.

3rd April, 2007

The happy feet of film director George Miller strode into the Melbourne office of Federal Treasurer Peter Costello today, and Miller brought a friend along – a little fellow called Oscar.

Miller visited Mr Costello to thank him for the Government's support of the Australian film industry, which allowed him to produce his hit movie about dancing penguins, Happy Feet.

Happy Feet ...

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submitted by George Poulos on 29.04.2007

Helen Aroney's (Kamari) selfless act.

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Eleni Aroney Camaris 1997

It is an absolute honour and privilege to be both an Administrator and Editor of

I have thoroughly enjoyed the "work" I have undertaken at kythera-family, and the wonderful Kytherians and Philokytherians, (and "lost" members of my family), that I have met through the web-site.

kythera-family is an eternal delight. ...

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submitted by Sydney Morning Herald on 15.03.2007

Max will be heading back - after a few detours

Sydney Morning Herald. Thursday March 15, 2007. Page 3.

Mad Max is set to reach the screen again … but not just yet.

The director George Miller, who made his name with the Mad Max trilogy, confirmed yesterday that he still plans to make a fourth instalment. "If the fates allow, I definitely will," he said at his first Australian film industry appearance since winning an Oscar for Happy Feet last month.

Before making the celebrated ...

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submitted by DAILY TELEGRAPH on 01.03.2007

It's all yours, Mum. Superstitious director hands over Oscar.

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Win ... Miller in Los Angeles yesterday.


Daily Telegraph, Wednesday February 28th, 2007. p. 9.

Happy Feet director George Miller has spent a lifetime trying to win an Oscar — and now he is going to give it away.
As soon as he arrives back in Sydney, Miller plans to give the Oscar to his 86-year-old ...

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submitted by Adelaide Advertiser on 27.02.2007

Happy Feet steps up

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George Miller at the Oscars. Oscar & Penguin in hand.

February 26, 2007

There was joy for George Miller but disappointment for fellow Aussie Cate Blanchett at today's Academy Award ceremony. And, as expected, Britain's Helen Mirren took the Best Actress Oscar.
Miller's Happy Feet won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at today's Academy ...

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submitted by Odyssey Magazine on 26.02.2007

Benakis Antonis observing a case which contains ancient greek jewelry. 1940-1950. Benaki Museum Historical Archives.

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The Benaki Legacy

Odyssey Magazine.

January/February 2006. pp. 48-50

Antonis Benakis bequeathed more than his impressive art collection to Greece: he established an institution that symbolizes the idealism, romance, and generosity of the diaspora Greeks.

Athena Vorillas

His pockets were rich: filled with treasures ...

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submitted by The Chronicle Of Higher Education on 17.02.2007

Patricia A. Georgopoulos.


5,455 Brains and Counting


Belmont, Mass. USA.

The phone has been ringing all morning on Patricia A. Georgopoulos's desk, but the most important call comes around 10 a.m. "Samuel Curry. What time did he die?" she asks. "What's his diagnosis?"

Ms. Georgopoulos is the administrative coordinator for the world's largest brain bank, located at McLean Hospital, a psychiatric teaching facility ...

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submitted by Kytherian Cinema Review on 14.02.2007

Aussie Oscar hopefuls wait.

By Peter Mitchell

in Los Angeles

January 22, 2007
Article from: AAP

Will the dancing penguins avenge their Golden Globes loss and will Cate Blanchett earn her second Oscar in three years?

Has enough time passed for the Academy to forgive Mel Gibson for his racial slurs?

Hey, it snowed in Malibu the other day proving anything can happen in Tinseltown.

Early on Wednesday (AEDT), the Academy of Motion ...