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submitted by David Page on 04.02.2004

Arthur Frelingos

Arthur Frelingos
Copyright (1972) David Page

A picture of Arthur Frilingos and myself me (as First Secretary - Immigration, Australian Embassy) at Athens Airport on Anzac Day 25 April 1972. The box Arthur is carrying contains a wreath. We had to rush Arthur straight from the airport to the Anzac Day service at the Australian War Cemetery so he could place the wreath on behalf of Parramatta RSL.

Background: from the message board section:
The present generation of Kytherians may be glad to know that the documentary film, Return to Kythera, is preserved in the archives of ScreenSound Australia (formerly the National Film and Sound Institute)in Canberra, Australia. I commissioned the film on behalf of the Australian Department of Immigration in 1972 and assisted in its production. The film centres on Parramatta RSL member Arthur Frlingos returning to Kythera to meet his sister for the first time – she was born after he left Greece in 1912. With a music track of haunting folk songs sung by Eugenia Burk, the film was shown on Greek television as a lead-in to the telecast of the 1972 Munich Olympic. It was later borrowed from the Immigration Department film library by just about every Kytherian organisation in Australia and is still listed in the ScreenSound on-line catalogue. It is now part of the cultural legacy of the island of Aphrodite.

A timed copy (one showing a small clock throughout) of the Return to Kythera VHS costs only $A22.50 plus postage/freight (about $10 in Australia). Payment has to be made in advance to Access Officer, Client Access, ScreenSound Australia, National Screen and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit Acton Canberra ACT 2601, Australia (Tel: +61 2 6248 2125  |  fax: + 61 2 6248 2233)

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