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submitted by Site Administrator on 04.03.2005

Panagiotis Sar. Sarantakos or Zantiotis

Member of the Managing Committee of the Greek Community of New South Wales

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

Extremely sympathetic, polite and well-known to all the Greek commercial world of New South Wales, Mr. Panayiotis Sarantakos, or Zantiotis, comes from Kythera.

He is the only Greek fruit trader in all of New South Wales and is engaged in a purely commercial enterprise.

Mr. Sarantakos has raised his business, which deals in fruit and generally in Australian produce, to a notable position.

He is an advisor to the Greek Community of New South Wales, having been elected twice by a large majority. He is, furthermore, one of the major benefactors of the Greek Church of Sydney. He is always to be noted for his sympathies on behalf of nation and community.

His commercial address is P. E. Sarantakos, Fruit Exchange, Sydney.

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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