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submitted by Anna Cominos on 05.05.2014

Panayiotis at work

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submitted by Anna Cominos on 02.05.2014

When the Mountain Bows

Sometimes the clouds and stars, silently know more than us mortals. The passing of the enigmatic Panayiotis (Peter) Magonezos seems surreal to all, both on Kythera and in Australia.   Born on Kythera, on the 23rd April 1957, he was the eldest of 3 children, born to George and Vassiliki. Panayiotis passion was the restoration and renovation of old buildings, his vision of renewing the old can be witnessed as you drive through the winding roads of Aroniadika. Indeed, he did over a hundred such projects on Kythera. Panayiotis met his beloved Australian-born Susan while she was holidaying in 1981. Panayiotis slater came to Australia in 1983 and they were married at St David’s at Boggabilla. Sydney's Lugarno was home for 5 years before Panayiotis, Susan and family, which by then included George and Mario, returned to Kythera where their youngest son Allan was born. There guest house Rouga, still stands as a testament to his passion. Due to the parlous state of the Greek Economy Panayiotis building work began to dry up, so he moved into hospitality. 
It was a great fit as Panayiotis was a real people person. In 2012 the family returned to Australia, living for a time in Queensland before settling in Sydney.  Several months ago Panayiotis, Susan and the family purchased the business at Avalon. Panayiotis was an avid fisherman, he was passionate about music and played the harmonica, and considered himself to be a master of backgammon. Panayiotis  had a great sense of humour and was a friendly, popular man. Above all, Panayiotis had a huge heart…... He was kind and generous and would help out anyone in need, who saw the magic in everyone and everything. My condolences to his wife Susan and his sons George, Marios and Allan, his parents Vassiliki and George, his siblings Toula and Manolis and his nieces and nephews.  

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submitted by Kytherian World Heritage Fund on 16.12.2008

The Location of the Skinia Project in relationship to Ayios Theothoros.

The "Tent Project" is the most exciting Kytherian Project since the advent of www.kythera-family.net. If it is realized, it will have equally powerful positive ramifications for unifying Kytherians around the world. Particularly Kytherian youth. It is a mega-project of great quality.

This can be ascertained immediately by perusing the Plans for Σκηνια:

002 St Theodoros Camp PLANS.pdf

A double-sided colour print-out on 140gsm (or greater gsm) high quality paper provides a beautiful document.

To view a brief video simulation of a walk through the Σκηνια Project space, go to:

/download/l33dB.avi

The purpose of Σκηνια is to create an accommodation and recreation facility for children and young adults from the island of Kythera, Greece, and the rest of the world. There they will engage in sports, ecological, heritage and cultural activities. The purpose of providing the accommodation under tents is to appeal to children’s and young adults sense of adventure. All the rest of the facilities (See 1-7 on the Plan) are fixed and enclosed structures.

The plan includes at (10) a Sports field – one of the facilities desperately required by children and young adults on Kythera.

The facility will be located on (separate) Church land 68.25 metres from the border that surrounds the Monastery of Ayios Theothoros.

Download a vector format .pdf copy here:

/download/002LocationofSkinia(1).pdf

The area of the land is 14305,05 sq.m. (ie 14 stremmata)
The land on which Σκηνια will be built is unencumbered by mortgage.
The building is 153 m2.

The Monastery of Ayios Theothoros, is located on the main central road between the towns of Potamos & Aroniathika.

Colour map of the geoographical location of Ayios Theothoros

There are many photographs of Ayios Theothoros on kythera-family.

See

Ayios Theothoros, Entrance building

Ayios Theothoros, wide angle view

The concept is the brain-child of Father Petros Mariatos. Father Petros is the resident priest of the church oft the Panagia (Virgin Mary) of Ilariotissa in Potamos. It is good that you become better acquainted with him. See photo’s of him at:

Father Petros Mariatos

Doctor Priest

With the Archbishop of Kythera, 2005 (far right)

The title Doctor Priest, indicates that Father Petros was formally a surgeon at the Hospital of Potamos. He received a “religious calling” later in life. To this day he ministers to his congregation’s physical, as well as their metaphysical needs.

His contact details are:

Father Mariatos

++30 2736033339 (only after 21:30 hours)
++30 2736033330 (usually between 20:00-21:00)

and mobile: ++306977595869

The superb concept called Σκηνια was designed by Father Petros’s son, Andreas Mariatos, and his design team.

Andreas and his young associates, have a large and booming Architecture practice in Athens.

NOTARA 51 EXARHEIA
10683 ATHENS

TEL 210 8820665

Email, Andreas Mariatos

They work from a large well appointed office, located just a few blocks south of the offices of the Triffyleio Foundation, the Kytherian Society of Athens, and the Society of Kytherian Studies.

Andreas Mariatos (right), and his young associate Theothori

Andreas and his associates have revolutionised the way architecture is practiced both in Athens, and on the island of Kythera. See many photo’s of the brilliant Gerakari Accomodation development at, and around

Mariatos designed Gerakari Project

This design features in the Kytherian Development Agency’s photograph montage pages 12-15, as do other Mariatos designs. You will receive a colour copy of the Kytherian Development Agency’s brochure shortly.

All architectural and engineering work on the Σκηνια project has been donated free of charge.

Free building material and labour has also been promised by many builders and building suppliers on the island.

The timing of construction has been set out in Stages. No stage will proceed without the finance in place.

This is a sophisticated development plan, as per the Gerakari development, and numerous other developments managed by the Mariatos team.

The total cost of the construction is 170,000 €’s.

As of mid September the Σκηνια project had attracted about 67,000 €’s of donations. I am unsure what the December total is.

Most of these donations have been collected on the island. The residents of Kythera have obviously embraced the concept wholeheartedly. It is now time for the eksoteriki to become involved.

You can donate by attending any Bank and quoting the IBAN number below, for the National Bank of Greece.

IBAN: GR95011038000000380/605180-40

The Kytherian World Heritage Fund assessment:

This is a mega-project that most of us, who understand Kythera, have previously only dared to dream about. Soon that dream will become a reality.

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submitted by Panagiotis Magonezos &Skevofulax on 23.07.2008

Aroniathika 65m2

Home 65sqm.courtyard 30sqm.Old home restored.For sale furnished 150,000 euro Aroniadika

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 16.09.2005

Nicholas and Natasha Aroney (Anastasopoulos)

This photograph appears in the preface of Peter Vanges' Kythera - A History. Many thanks to Peter and the Kytherian Association of Australia for permission to reproduce it here.


Nicholas Anthony Aroney (Anastasopoulos) was born in Aroniathika, Kythera, on 14th February 1899. An only child, his mother died very early in his life; his father was far away in America. For some years Nick was in the care of his grandmother in Kythera; but it was a life of poverty. In 1914, at just fifteen years of age, he boarded a German ship bound for Australia. War intervened and they were to go no further than Batavia in Java. Nick was forced to find another ship to take him to Sydney. The long and tortuous trip was to end in 1914 in the small country town of Warren in New South Wales where he took up employment working for an uncle. Times were difficult; wages were very low, but through hard work and frugality, Nick was able to accumulate some capital. In 1919, he bought, together with his first cousin Nicholas Aroney (Papadominakos), the "New York Cafe" in the town of Nowra, 161 kilometres south of Sydney. Years later, in 1936, they were to move to Wollongong, 80 kilometres further north, as proprietors of the "Spot Cafe". This, in turn, was sold in 1940 and Nick Aroney moved to Sydney where for some years during the war he was employed in the famous "Hotel Australia". He became the senior partner in a number of businesses in Sydney, notably the "Coronet Restaurant", the "Chicken Grill", and "St James Milk Bar"; he acquired as well substantial real estate interests.

Somewhat late in life, in 1962, Nick married Natasha, a lady of beauty, style and culture who had grown up in Vienna. Together they ran a small clothing manufacturing enterprise. It was a very happy marriage. They built a fine home in the prestigious suburb of Pymble and they made several trips to Greece, visiting on each occasion the beloved island of his childhood. Nick Aroney died in Sydney in 1986 at the age of eighty-seven.

Nicholas Aroney left behind a trust fund, which since his death has funded dozens of important projects related to Kythera and Greece. Without his generous legacy this website would not have been possible..

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 16.09.2005

Nicholas Anthony Aroney (Anastasopoulos)

This photograph appears in the preface of Peter Vanges' Kythera - A History. Many thanks to Peter and the Kytherian Association of Australia for permission to reproduce it here.


Nicholas Anthony Aroney (Anastasopoulos) was born in Aroniathika, Kythera, on 14th February 1899. An only child, his mother died very early in his life; his father was far away in America. For some years Nick was in the care of his grandmother in Kythera; but it was a life of poverty. In 1914, at just fifteen years of age, he boarded a German ship bound for Australia. War intervened and they were to go no further than Batavia in Java. Nick was forced to find another ship to take him to Sydney. The long and tortuous trip was to end in 1914 in the small country town of Warren in New South Wales where he took up employment working for an uncle. Times were difficult; wages were very low, but through hard work and frugality, Nick was able to accumulate some capital. In 1919, he bought, together with his first cousin Nicholas Aroney (Papadominakos), the "New York Cafe" in the town of Nowra, 161 kilometres south of Sydney. Years later, in 1936, they were to move to Wollongong, 80 kilometres further north, as proprietors of the "Spot Cafe". This, in turn, was sold in 1940 and Nick Aroney moved to Sydney where for some years during the war he was employed in the famous "Hotel Australia". He became the senior partner in a number of businesses in Sydney, notably the "Coronet Restaurant", the "Chicken Grill", and "St James Milk Bar"; he acquired as well substantial real estate interests.

Somewhat late in life, in 1962, Nick married Natasha, a lady of beauty, style and culture who had grown up in Vienna. Together they ran a small clothing manufacturing enterprise. It was a very happy marriage. They built a fine home in the prestigious suburb of Pymble and they made several trips to Greece, visiting on each occasion the beloved island of his childhood. Nick Aroney died in Sydney in 1986 at the age of eighty-seven.

Nicholas Aroney left behind a trust fund, which since his death has funded dozens of important projects related to Kythera and Greece. Without his generous legacy this website would not have been possible.