submitted by Site Administrator on 07.02.2005
This biography is part of a collection from "Life in Australia" :
Mr. Evangelos Pr. Roussos is the offspring of the struggle for survival, of determination, of economies and of the love of hard work. Hailing from the village of Passas in Euboia, Mr. Roussos opened in the small country town of Gloucester in New South Wales, in 1911, which he did with the help of Mr. Minas Dam. Andronikos, from Mylopotamos, in Kythera.
Since he was a boy, Mr. Roussos had the urge to move to foreign parts. He left for America and thence traveled to Australia, where he arrived in 1907.
For years he struggled against the difficulties of fate and indeed may have regretted the absence of his family home during this difficult time.
Nevertheless, after all these trials, the unconquerable and powerful will of the Greek triumphed and – lo and behold – Mr. Roussos, at the age of about 28, is now well established, felling the happiness that comes from solving the most difficult of life’s problems.
This biography is part of a collection from "Life in Australia" published in 1916 by John Comino. It is an important book as it was one of the first Greek books published in Australia for the Greeks back in the homeland. If they needed any more convincing of the golden opportunities awaiting them in Australia, it probably helped create interest amongst young Kytherians and other Greeks. Each of the men portrayed in the book paid for the honour, which, considering their reputation for thriftiness, must have made the decision a hard one for many a Kytherian.
The Kythera-Family.net team, with the support of the Nicolaus Aroney Trust and other generous sponsors, has undertaken to transcribe the entire book for the website and to translate it into English for the non-greek-speaking diaspora community. We hope to also produce a printed version of the translation of Life in Australia sometime in 2005.
For valuable information about the historical background of the publication of Life in Australia, please read the entry by Hugh Gilchrist I ZOI EN AFSTRALLIA in the History, General History section.
Teacher, journalist, poet and author, Sydney NSW Australia
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