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submitted by George Poulos on 18.12.2004

Alex Feros marries Thelma Thirlwell - Greek Orthodox wedding, Darlinghurst, Sydney NSW.

From the Hood Collection. State Library of NSW.

Images can be viewed at:

http://image.sl.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/ebindshow.pl?doc=pxe789_60/a436;thumbs=16

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submitted by George Poulos on 11.12.2006

Voula Logus (nee, Coroneos) on her wedding day, with attendants.

The beautiful Voula Logus (nee, Coroneos, Belo, Karavas ), on her wedding day.

Daughter of Triunduphilo and Georgia Coroneos, Karavas, Kythera.

Gentleman in attendance is the late George Calligeros, of Dubbo, in NSW. And the young lady to the right is Elpitha Calligeros, later Codellis, now deceased, George's sister.

George and Elpitha were born near Fatsathika, a village known as Kourmoulianika and the family parachoukli is Kourmoulis. Their father was a well known priest Pappa Manoli Calligeros (Kourmoulis) and their brother was also a priest, Pappa Hristos in that area.

George had previously married Voula's sister, Eleni - the story of which has been recounted in an entry in Cafes, Shops & Cinema's.

The flower-girl is George and Eleni's daughter, Angela.

The bridesmaid is Stella (Yianna)Kelly, daughter of Paul and Chris Kelly, (of ABC Cafe fame), Gilgandra, NSW.

And the distant page boy on the right is George (Tzortzo) Poulos, son of Con and Angie Poulos, Gilgandra, NSW. Angie is the older sister of Eleni and Voula.

[Gilgandra lies 40 miles north of Dubbo, in the Central West of NSW]

There are numerous other entries about Gilgandra - and the many Kytherians who lived and worked there; 1910-2000, on the kythera-family.net website.

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submitted by Vicki Gesouras on 12.11.2004

Wedding of George Peter Bambakaris (Harris) and Eleni Karonis

Wedding of George Peter Bambakaris (or Vamvakaris, later changed to "Harris") and Eleni Karonis (from the village of Nestani in Tripoli) on 13 May, 1924

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submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 14.11.2004

1948 wedding of George Casimatis and Maria

Photo provided by Manuel Casimatis.
In the photo also the late Dr. Jim Marselos Member of Parliament in Greece

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submitted by George Poulos on 07.01.2006

Wedding of Stathi Makris and Angeliki Kouvara, Brisbane, 1927

Wedding of Stathi Makris and Angeliki Kouvara in Brisbane in 1927

Front row (seated): Elizabeth Megaloconomos, Mary A. Freeleagus, Koula Black,
Rose Comino, Paul Comino

Front row (standing): John (Gero) Black, Stathi Makris, Angeliki Makris, Peter Spathis,
Korina Spathis, Peter Kouvaras
Back row (standing): Anthony Freeleagus, Tassoula Freeleagus, John D. Black,
Demosthenes Syrmis, Marika Syrmis

From page.238, Chapter 13 of Denis A Conomos's, The Greeks in Quensland, entitled, Proxenia, Weddings and Familes.

To download Chapter 13, of Denis A Conomos's The Greeks in Queensland

Chpt13GIQ.pdf

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submitted by George Poulos on 07.01.2006

Wedding of Paul S. Comino and Rodanthi (Rose) Galanis, 1924

Wedding of Paul S. Comino and Rodanthi (Rose) Galanis at Maryborough on 18 June,1924

Front row, l. to r.: Ethel T. Comino, Aphrodite Marcellos, Paul S. Comino, Rose P.Comino, Stratis Galanis (Stan Garland), Unknown

Back row, l. to r.: Child unknown, Theo S. Comino, Manolis Galanis (Manuel Garland),
Unknown in rear, Jim Menegas, Stella Marcellos, Child unknown, John S. Comino,
Stamatina J. Comino, Andrew Blavery, Unknown, Peter Spathis, Korina Spathis (in
front of Peter Spathis), Children in front unknown

From page 235, Chapter 13 of Denis A Conomos's, The Greeks in Quensland, entitled, Proxenia, Weddings and Familes.

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submitted by George Poulos on 13.02.2017

Double Wedding - Harry Londy & Theodora Marendis and Mick Levonis & Kaliope Leondarakis, 1926

Double wedding of Harry Londy and Mick Levonis at Ipswich in 1926
Harry Londy married Theodora Marendis
Mick Levonis married Kaliope Leondarakis (Londy)

Front row: Cherie Strategos, Charles Londy, Harry Londy, Theodora Londy, Kaliope
Levonis, Mick Levonis, Jack Levonis, Stella J. Londy. Boy in front of Jack Levonis
Unknown

Second row: Jim Londy, Irene Londy, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Charles Strategos,
Eleni V. Hellen

Third row: George Masselos, Arthur Conomos, Unknown, Mick Londy (Townsville),
Unknown, Unknown

Back row: Elizabeth Conomos, Harry Andronicos, Gladys C. Strategos, Andrew
Strategos

From, page 233, Chapter 13 of Denis A Conomos's, The Greeks in Quensland, entitled, Proxenia, Weddings and Familes.

To download Chapter 13, of Denis A Conomos's The Greeks in Queensland

Chpt13GIQ.pdf

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submitted by George Poulos on 07.01.2006

Wedding of Mick Kotzas and Chrisafena Lucas, North Queensland, 1927.

Wedding of Mick Kotzas and Chrisafena Lucas at Mena Creek, North Queensland, in
1927

L. to r. from back row: Paraskevas Kafcaloudis (holding son Con), Paraskevas
Kostoglou, Unknown, John Themistocles, Nicholas Kairis, Mrs Millicich, Jack Millicich,
Unknown, Mrs Sumich, Unknown, Unknown, Anglican priest, Maria Nikita (holding
baby Mary Kotzas), John Tissizis, John Kotzas (holding baby George), Vasiliko Kairis,
Evangelia Kostoglou, Chrisafena Kafcaloudis, child unknown, Nicholas Lucas and
his mother, Asmina Kalpis, Katina Comino (lady at back), Erini Kotzas, Chrisafena
and Mick Kotzas (bride and groom), Theo Kotzas, Despa Kafcaloudis, George
Kafcaloudis

Sitting: Mary Tissizis, Violet Kostoglou, Mary Kostoglou, Unknown, Mary Kafcaloudis,
Chrissie Tissizis, Helen Kafcaloudis

From Chapter 13 of Denis A Conomos's, The Greeks in Quensland, entitled, Proxenia, Weddings and Familes.

To download Chapter 13, of Denis A Conomos's The Greeks in Queensland

Chpt13GIQ.pdf

To purchase a copy of The Greeks in Queensland

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submitted by George Poulos on 07.01.2006

Wedding of Stamatis (Sam) Mersiades and Ourania Themistocles , North Queensland

Wedding of Stamatis (Sam) Mersiades and Ourania Themistocles at Mena Creek, North
Queensland, on 20 January, 1935.

From Chapter 13 of Denis A Conomos's, The Greeks in Quensland, entitled, Proxenia, Weddings and Familes.

To download Chapter 13, of Denis A Conomos's The Greeks in Queensland

Chpt13GIQ.pdf

To purchase a copy of The Greeks in Queensland

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submitted by George Poulos on 07.01.2006

Triple Taifalos wedding, Silkwood, North Queensland, 1925.

Triple Taifalos wedding at Silkwood, North Queensland, on 29 April, 1925.

Bridal couples, left to right: Michael and Chrissi Taifalos, Thomas and Christine Eustace
(Efstathiou) and John and Flora Taifalos. (Christine Eustace was a sister of Michael
and John.)

Others: Pantelis and Theofania Taifalos (parents of Michael and John Taifalos and
Christine Eustace), John Chrissos, Evangelia Chrissos (sister of Michael, John and
Christine), Savas Taifalos (brother) and his wife Molly, Spiro Taifalos (brother), Jim
Passaris, Nicholas and Sevesta Tsakissiris, Arthur Tsakissiris, Peggy Sakalis, Chrissi
Haratsis, John Katahanas, Mrs Katmadas, Wally Boustead, Bill Boustead, Annie
Boustead, Mrs Howarth, Mrs Edgerton, Mrs Wheatall, George and Ann Tsakissiris,
John and Anastasia Skleros, Mrs Ellis and the McQuillan and Mitchell families.

From Chapter 13 of Denis A Conomos's, The Greeks in Quensland, entitled, Proxenia, Weddings and Familes.

To download Chapter 13, of Denis A Conomos's The Greeks in Queensland

Chpt13GIQ.pdf

To purchase a copy of The Greeks in Queensland

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submitted by George Poulos on 07.01.2006

Wedding of Andrew Tambakis and Irene Poteri at Toowoomba in 1940

Wedding of Andrew Tambakis and Irene Poteri at Toowoomba in 1940

Front row: L. to r.: Beatie Psaros, Jim T. Poteri, Ursula Poteri, Andrew Tambakis
(groom), Irene Tambakis (bride), Kirani Vlahogeni (bridesmaid), Aspasia T. Poteri
(bridesmaid), Antigone Poteri, holding baby Aspasia Poteri

Flower girls in front: Becca Comino, Marietta Andronicos

Middle row: Peter Patty, Cecil Prineas, Maude Poteri, Theo Poteri, George Mariolas,
Harry Poteri, Maria Sklavos, George Sklavos

Back row: Paul Patty, Manuel Poteri, Theo Tsimeris, Jim Tambakis, Peter Poteri,
Nicholas Poteri, Violet Strategos, Jim Strategos.

From Chapter 13 of Denis A Conomos's, The Greeks in Quensland, entitled, Proxenia, Weddings and Familes.

To download Chapter 13, of Denis A Conomos's The Greeks in Queensland

Chpt13GIQ.pdf

To purchase a copy of The Greeks in Queensland

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submitted by George Poulos on 27.09.2004

Jim and Penelope Castrisos - wedding photograph.

Jim and Penelope Castrisos on their wedding day.

Jim and Penelope later became proprietors of the Red Rose Cafe, Nowra, NSW.

See a previous entry in this CAFE & SHOPS section, for more detailed information on the Red Rose Cafe, and the lives of Jim and Penelope Castrisos.

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submitted by George Poulos on 28.09.2004

Proxenia, Weddings and Families - Introduction to Chpt 13, of Denis A Conomos's - The Greeks in Queensland.

From, The Greeks in Queensland - A History from 1859-1945.

Denis A. Conomos.

Published by Copyright Publishing Co, Pty Ltd, Queensland.

One of the best published accounts of Kytherian Proxenia occurs in Denis Conomos's publication.

Chapter 13 is entitled:

PROXENIA, WEDDINGS AND FAMILIES.

It begins:

"After 1920, there was a large escalation of Greek migration to Queensland. There were a number of reasons for this. The ten years of wars from 1912 to 1922 led many in Greece to seek a more peaceful abode in the antipodes. The economic distress caused by those wars provided a further incentive to migrate. The chain migration, commenced in the early years of the century, now gathered momentum.

Husbands who had intended to return to their families in Greece after accumulating assets, decided to stay and bring their families out. Many unmarried men decided to get married and travelled to Greece to marry and return with their new wife. In the process, there began a shift from a Greek community dominated by single males towards one dominated by the family.

By this time, there was a significant change of attitude on the part of the early migrants in the matter of returning to Greece. They were enjoying comparative economic prosperity and did not relish the thought of going back to live in a homeland beset with chronic poverty. They feared the prospect of further wars and the conscription that would accompany them. By now, they had settled down in the new land and were beginning to feel at home in it. Above all, they were coming to the conclusion that Australia, with its peace and prosperity, was a better country in which to raise a family than Greece.

Having decided to get married, many of the men went back to Greece to find a wife. Others chose a wife by correspondence and arranged for her to come to Australia. Some found a partner among the increasing number of single Greek women who were now beginning to arrive in Queensland.

Denis recounts the circumstances that led to his parents wedding:

"One of those who decided to go back to his home village to find a wife was the writer’s father, Arthur Conomos. He had come to Australia in 1912 at the age of 16, and had worked for the Freeleaguses in Brisbane, cut cane at Childers, and operated cafes in Boonah and Brisbane, before buying into a partnership which owned cafes in Toowoomba and Dalby.

In 1929, he left Dalby to return to Kythera to find a wife. When he arrived at his home village of Kapsali, he met Elenie(Helen) Emmanuel Varipatis, who had been only two years old when he had left to come to Australia. She was now a grown woman of 19 years. The families were koumbaroi, as Conomos’ sister Dindi was the godmother of two of Helen’s siblings and they were near neighbours. Conomos and Helen saw each other frequently in the normal course of village life.

After three or four months of such contact,
Conomos, accompanied by a proxeniti, asked Emmanuel Varipatis for permission to marry his daughter. That permission was granted, and Helen herself agreeing, the couple became engaged, marrying five months later.

During the engagement period, the couple saw each other constantly but always in the company of a brother or sister acting as chaperone. Eighteen days after they were married, they set off for Australia."

[Denis then proceeds to recount the history of a number of weddings and proxenia in Queenland in the period leading up to 1945.]

Various wedding photographs from The Greeks in Queensland have been reproduced in this Weddings and Proxenia section of the kythera-family web-site.

Thank you to Denis for permission to reprint.

Person's wishing to purchase the book - The Greeks in Queensland - are referred to the section Culture - subsection Bibliography - for details.

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 05.09.2004

Psaros & Phacheas (Fatseas) Wedding 1927

Theo Psaros and 'Beatty' Calliope Phacheas (Fatseas) married in Sydney Australia 16 November 1927

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submitted by Peter Tsicalas on 30.07.2004

Crethar/Panaretto Wedding 1932

L to R
1. Denny (Dimitrios) Victor Panaretto of Lismore
2. Nick James Crethar of Lismore
3. Florrie (Gregoria) Victor Panaretto of Lismore
4. Miss Marigo James Crethar of Lismore
5. George Nick Combes of Tenterfield (bestman)
6. Paul (Polychronis) Victor Panaretto of Casino.

Florrie Panaretto, born at Moree in 1908, arrived in Lismore in 1932 and the ever-alert Nick Crethar rushed up from Evans Head to jump the queue of suitors, quickly out foxing the competition with a remarkable CV presented to Florrie’s brothers (notwithstanding that she was smitten anyway and ignored the selection board.)

Nick had landed in the early 1920s and spent a few years out west, mainly at Moree, before coming to Lismore in the late 1920s to link up with his brother Harry and establish a fruit shop down the southern end of Keen Street. Around 1930 they acquired the Regent Café further north on Keen, but a year or so later Nick moved off to Evans Head to establish a part-time seasonal outlet on behalf of he and Harry, alternating with a café at Coraki for a period.

They sold the Evans Head business to Johnny Nick Feros in about 1937 and Nick, after a short period back at the Regent, then took over the Woodlark Street café of Mick Marco Cassimatis and Peter Manuel Stathis. He returned to the Regent in the late war years but around 1947, after suffering one too many of Lismore’s floods, settled in Casino and established Crethar’s Café.

Nick died in 1960 and Florrie 1986. They raised six delinquents, five of whom managed to stay out of the hands of the police. (That’s an in-joke Joyce.)

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submitted by Ellena Galtos on 04.08.2004

Polychronis P Galakatos wedding

Wedding of Polychronis Panagiotis Galakatos & Despina (nee Zafiroula?)
Polychronis was born around 1889 in Christoforianika.
He migrated to USA, intially to Detroit, and later became known as Paul Peterson.