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Panagiotis K. Tzortzopoulos

This biography is part of a collection from "Life in Australia" :

Among the few Greeks who have engaged in stock farming are Messrs. P. K. Tzortzopoulos and Polyhronis K. Kornaios, who both came Kythera. The are relatives and have been friends since childhood and came to Australia from Athens in 1901.

Mr. Tzortzopoulos worked for two years and then engaged in business. He brought a lucrative shop in 1906 in the country town of Cobar, in New South Wales, where there are numerous mines. He then purchased another shop in the same town, having entered on a partnership for both shops with Mr. Koronaios, who had at that time returned from Africa.

Besides the two splendid shops, they also have a factory that produces ham and bacon. They have built up their stock raising business very successfully on a property they own of 85 acres.

Their commercial name is Peters and Co.

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 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.

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