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It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute... that gives meaning to our lives.

Anthony Robbins (1968-)

This is where people of Kytherian decent who have contributed to their community in an extraordinary way will be featured. They need not be "famous" is the usual sense of the world, simply extraordinary.

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submitted by Helen Mortenson on 12.11.2022

Nicholas Crethar

I am endeavouring to confirm an entry submitted by George Poulos posted in 2005 indicating that Nicholas Crethar was the proprietor of 'The California Cafe' (formerly known as 'The Golden Gate Cafe') in Nyngan in the late 1020s and 1930s.  Is this the same 'Nicholas Crethar' who owned businesses in Lismore NSW in the 1930s and 1940s?

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 14.09.2022

Prof. Vasilis Peter Leftheris, PhD

Prof. Vasilis Peter Leftheris, PhD.

Civil Engineering Researcher


Prof. Vasilis P. Leftheris passed away on November 28, 2021 at the age of 91 from complications due to the COVID virus. 

Prof. Leftheris was born on May 11, 1930 in Kythira, Greece. At a young age, he showed an aptitude for mathematics and physics, graduating 3rd in his high school graduating class. 

With the help and understanding of his father, a seaman with the ...

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submitted by Tessie Calligeros on 15.02.2022

Traditional Tsirigotikes Women's Costume

Anastasia Kasimatis Kalligeros (middle image), mother of Stavros George Calligeros, Eirini Kalligeros, Gregoria Kalligeros Lourandou. 

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 07.03.2018

Kytherian Association of Australia

Kytherian Association of Australia.
Rockdale Post Shop
P O Box 183
Rockdale NSW 2216

Physical Address:

Level 1 / 24 King Street
Rockdale 2216.

Join the KAA now. Download your Application Form, here


Renew your KAA membership now. Download your ...

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submitted by Effy Alexakis on 28.01.2017

Enterprise and Diversity: Greek-Australian Occupational Pursuits, 1810s to Present

Leonard Janiszewski & Effy Alexakis are presenting a free lecture at the Royal Australian Historical Society, History House, Macquarie Street, Feb 1 @ 1pm

From the 1810s Greeks played a large part in various occupational pursuits. It is based on our 30 years plus of research.

In the photo is George Casimaty, sheepfarmer, Tasmania

To reserve a seat please see link.

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submitted by Dr. Marika A. Leibrandt on 19.06.2014

Andrew P. Sourry OAM

Andrew Peter Sourry was born in Glen Innes, NSW in 1920. Both of Andrew’s parents were born in Kythera, Greece. His father, Panayioti (Peter), who was from Agia Anastasia, first arrived in Austalia on the boat 'Australia' in 1900. Peter returned to Greece to visit family and to fight in the Balkans War in Epirus, in North Western Greece, in 1912-1913. On this visit he met and married Andrew's mother, Marika Coroneo, from Potamos and together they emigrated to Australia in 1914 from Potamos, Kythera. ...

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submitted by Kytherian Newsletter Sydney on 20.04.2014

Peter V’landys

Peter V'landys. Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

On Australia Day 2014, Peter V’landys was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for services to racing.

View / download a copy of this article as a .pdf, here:

Peter V'landys.pdf

In the Australian honours system, appointments to the Order of Australia confer ...

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submitted by Kytherian Newsletter Sydney on 14.04.2014

Peter Clary Castrission OAM

A rare breed of individual: altruistic in a world where self-interested
ambitions are often prized and admired. His determination to succeed
and his compassion for his fellow man are indeed exceptional traits

View / download a copy of this entry as a .pdf:

Clary Castrssion.pdf

In the Australia Day ...

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submitted by Kytherian Newsletter Sydney on 13.04.2014

Peter Prineas

Australia Day Award, for Peter Prineas. 2012.

Photograph: Peter Prineas (left) with Jim Somerville an old comrade of rainforest and wilderness campaigns.

Among the honours announced by the Governor General on Australia Day 2012 was the award to Peter Prineas of an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his "service to conservation and the environment through executive and advocacy roles".

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submitted by Kytherian Biographies Project on 21.10.2013

Helen Zerefos OAM

Biographical notes by
John Love
Historian and Theatre Consultant
Kurrajong Heights NSW Australia

Helen Zerefos is a coloratura soprano of rare charm and beauty whose versatility spans the widest gamut of show business performance. From the stage to television to nightclubs, concerts and recordings, her talents have been applauded and revered.

It is Helen’s wide vocal range ...

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submitted by Kytherian Biographies Project on 20.10.2013

Paula Lexine Masselos BSW, ATCL,


Paula Masselos elected Mayor of Waverley


2019 update


Bachelor Social Work (James Cook University of North Queensland), Associate Trinity College of London (Speech and Drama), Australian Association of Social Marketing (AASM)

Paula is the Managing Director of Embrace Society which is a communications agency speing in hard to ...

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submitted by Kytherian Biographies Project on 01.03.2013

Tess Mallos

Born Anastasia Calopades

25 January 1933
Casino, New South Wales

Died 31 July 2012 (aged 79)

Occupation Chef, cookbook author, food consultant

Nationality Australian

Ethnicity Greek

Spouse(s) John Mallos

Children Three

Tess Mallos (née Anastasia Calopades) (25 January 1933 – 31 July 2012)[1] was an Australian food and ...

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submitted by Kytherian Biographies Project on 05.02.2013

William Emmaniol (Bill) Venardos

Venardos, William Emmaniol (Bill) (1911–1986)

by Dennis Conomos

William Emmaniol Venardos (1911-1986), businessman, municipal councillor and community leader, was born on 22 November 1911 at Karavas, Kythera, Greece, eldest son of six children of Vangeli Venardos, general merchant, and his wife Fiorenza, née Corones. Arriving in Sydney with an uncle in 1926, William gained experience in Greek cafés in several New South Wales towns, including Yeoval, Manildra and ...

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submitted by Kytherian Biographies Project on 22.10.2012

Sir Arthur George AO

Son of the late Thomas and Smaro George. (The family name in Greek was Tzortzatos). Born Sydney 17/1/1915. Educated Kensington Public School., Sydney Boys High School,Solicitors Admission Board (this was a course which was then available, without the benefit of lectures or any tutorial assistance). Admitted as solicitor 5/3/1938. Ceased full time practice in approximately 1972. Completely ceased practising in 1980.

Married 9/12/1939 Renee Freeleagus. One daughter, Diane, ...

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submitted by Gaye Hegeman on 20.05.2012

Nicholas Peter Careedy (Karydis)

On the 1st of March 2012, Nicholas P. Careedy (Karydis) born in the village of Milopotamos, celebrated his 100th birthday at a large gathering of two hundred and twenty five invited guests. The luncheon was held at the Wavell Heights Bowls Club in Brisbane, Queensland where Nick has been a member for the past 46 years. His wife Nina (formerly Kalaf) with the assistance of their daughter Marietta, put many hours of work into planning and organising this very successful and happy occasion. Nina ...

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submitted by Vasilia Uhrweiss (nee Margetis) on 19.06.2012

Bretos Margetis

24th November, 1889 - 12th November, 1961.


Bretos Margetis as a young adullt, 1910's

My father Bretos Margetis was named after his grandfather, who is pictured here with his daughters, and was probably born about 1850. His son George married Vasilia Galanis and they had three boys, Bretos, Dimitri and Minas, and three girls Maria, Panayiotitsa and Evangelia.


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submitted by Kytherian Biographies Project on 28.02.2012

Sir Nicholas (Nick) Laurantus


by Jean Michaelides

Sir Nicholas (Nick) Laurantus (1890-1980), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 5 February 1890 on the island of Kythera, Greece, third of twelve children of Panayiotis Lourantos, contractor, and his wife Angeliki, née Marsellos. After seven years of schooling, Nicholas helped his father as an apprentice carpenter and blacksmith. Letters from relations overseas ...

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submitted by Jim Cassimatis on 22.12.2011

Nicholas George Cassimatis

Nick was born on 1/2/10 on the Island of Kythera in the small town of Tsikalaria. His family nickname was Xeros. While in Kythera, Nick became a Dancer. His dancing group consisted of one man (himself) and 16 women, something he was very proud of. He lived through the first world war as a child. Nick was an ambitious man and wanted ...

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submitted by Kytherian Biographies Project on 20.12.2011

James Castrission

James Castrission.

James Castrission on the bow of Lot 41 in the middle of the Tasman Sea

James Castrission was born, 14 March 1982. That makes him only 29 years of age in 2011. But in those 29 years he has crammed a “hell of a lot of living”.

His heritage is Kytherian. His paternal grandfather was Jim Castrission, originally from Kastrissianika, ...

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submitted by Kytherian Art World on 30.09.2011

Emmanuel Andrew Cavacos

Emmanuel Andrew Cavacos was born in Potamos, Kythera, on February 10th, 1885. He emigrated to the United States of America, when he was sixteen years old, and settled in Baltimore, in the suburb of Hampden, where his brother Constantine was living. Another brother Theodore also chose to live in Baltimore. (Theodore was married to fellow Kytherian Pothiti Chlentzos). In Baltimore he formed a close friendship with Charles Fitzpatrick, ...