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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 05.04.2005

Doreen Moulos, Nell George and friend, comparing research notes.

Doreen is on the left. Nell is on the right.

At the Karavitiko Symposium, held on Sunday 13th February 2005, at The Castellorizian Club, Kingsford.

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submitted by Kytherian Newsletter Sydney on 28.02.2005

Elene Poulos. 100th Birthday Celebration.

Front Row (L to R): Matina Comino (niece), Stella Zantey (sister-in-law), Elene Poulos.

Second Row: Nick Comino (nephew-in-law), Mary Zantey (niece-in-law), Maria Zantey (niece-in-law), Maria Poulos (daughter-in-law), Theo Poulos (son).

Back Row: Peter Zantey (nephew), Harry Zantey (nephew), Harry Poulos (son).

For Elene Poulos's early life history, see previous entry. More recently....

"Elene was a self-sufficient person who lived alone after the death of her husband George in 1985. However, the years gradually took their toll, and in 2001, she suffered a fall and has since then been living in Bodington Nursing Home in Wentworth Falls. On December 30th 2004, about 50 of her family and friends gathered at Bodington to celebrate her 100th birthday. Typically, she was lucid about the past and recalled with gratitude the help that she received from her Australian neighbours when she first arrived. She stated her pride in being an Australian and was particularly proud of the congratulatory messages that she received from the Queen, the Governor General, the Prime Minister and her local Member of Parliament.

Despite her advancing years, her 2 children, 6 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren continue to be the focus of her existence, and she was very pleased to receive a photograph of all of her descendents for her birthday.

Elene has been on inspiration to those who have known her, and has exemplified the ideals of determination, responsibility and love for family that is so characteristic of Kytherian women".


From The Kytherian, Newsletter of the Kytherian Association of Australia, February, 2005, page 5.

To subscribe to the Kytherian Newsletter you only need to join the
Kytherian Association of Australia
P. O. Box A203
Sydney South, NSW 1235
Australia.

See first entry under Community Services, sub-section, Associations, for more details about the Kytherian Association of Australia.

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submitted by Kytherian Newsletter Sydney on 28.02.2005

Elene Poulos.

Submitted by Professor Harry Poulos

Elene Poulos was born on 30th December 1904 in the village of Vouno Kythera, the third of seven children of Haralambos and Stamatina Zantiotis. She helped her parents raise the younger children and the whole family worked hard to make a living in those difficult times. She married George Tzortzopoulos in 1924, and the following year, their first son Theodore was born. A few years later, George left Kythera for Australia where he worked hard to earn enough money to enable his family to join him. Elene and Theo arrived in Sydney in February 1939 and joined George in Katoomba, where he worked as a chef in local guest houses and cafes. The following year, their second son, Harry, was born.

Elene knew no English when she arrived in Australia, but with the help of kindly neighbours, and with her natural persistence, she soon learned enough English to converse and do the shopping. The war years were difficult ones for the family, especially as Theo joined the air force in 1943, but Elene continued to fulfil her role as homemaker and mother, and developed great skills in cooking and crochet work. Her extended family and friends enjoyed the products of these skills over the next 50 years or so.

Over the following decades, George and Elene’s sons married and had their own families. Theo married Annette Conomos on 1960 and they had two daughters, Elenie and Maria. Harry married Maria Langley in 1964, and they produced one daughter, Elena, and three sons, George, James and Peter. Elene revelled in her role as a grandmother and continued to focus her attention on the welfare of her immediate and extended family.

Elene was a self-sufficient person who lived alone after the death of her husband George in 1985. However, the years gradually took their toll, and in 2001, she suffered a fall and has since then been living in Bodington Nursing Home in Wentworth Falls. On December 30th 2004, about 50 of her family and friends gathered at Bodington to celebrate her 100th birthday. Typically, she was lucid about the past and recalled with gratitude the help that she received from her Australian neighbours when she first arrived. She stated her pride in being an Australian and was particularly proud of the congratulatory messages that she received from the Queen, the Governor General, the Prime Minister and her local Member of Parliament.

Despite her advancing years, her 2 children, 6 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren continue to be the focus of her existence, and she was very pleased to receive a photograph of all of her descendents for her birthday.

Elene has been on inspiration to those who have known her, and has exemplified the ideals of determination, responsibility and love for family that is so characteristic of Kytherian women.

[See also 100th birthday photograph, next entry].

From The Kytherian, Newsletter of the Kytherian Association of Australia, February, 2005, page 5.

To subscribe to the Kytherian Newsletter you only need to join the
Kytherian Association of Australia
P. O. Box A203
Sydney South, NSW 1235
Australia.

See first entry under Community Services, sub-section, Associations, for more details about the Kytherian Association of Australia.

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 06.03.2005

Con Saltis.

At the Karavitiko Symposium, held on Sunday 13th February 2005, at The Castellorizian Club, Kingsford.

Con is very knowlegable and passionate about maintaining Kytherian land holdings in Kytherian hands. He has spoken on the subject at previous Karavitika.

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 27.02.2005

Mrs Nicolau (left) and friends.

At the Karavitiko Symposium, held on Sunday 13th February 2005, at The Castellorizian Club, Kingsford.

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submitted by Kytherian Newsletter Sydney on 27.02.2005

Psaros Family Reunion.

Kytherian family reunions occur on a regular basis in Australia.

Family reunions are extremely important in maintaining Kytherian cultural continuity.

The Psaros reunion was advised in a recent issue of the Kytherian Newsletter.

The Psaros Family recently held their 10th annual reunion at Garrigal National Park, Roseville. Family came from all over NSW with over 50 in attendance. An enjoyable day was had by all.

To subscribe to the Kytherian Newsletter you only need to join the
Kytherian Association of Australia
P. O. Box A203
Sydney South, NSW 1235
Australia.

See first entry under Community Services, sub-section, Associations, for more details about the Kytherian Association of Australia.

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submitted by Kytherian Newsletter Sydney on 30.12.2005

Varipatis Family Reunion

Kytherian family reunions occur on a regular basis in Australia.

Family reunions are extremely important in maintaining Kytherian cultural continuity.

Names of persons participating in the re-union are - from left to right, starting with those seated in the front row:

Marianna Giaouris, Samantha Varipatis, Stratos Varipatis, Marianthe Varipatis, Anthony Fatseas, Elizabeth Fatseas, Jacinta Patty, Victoria Papadakis, Michelle Robinson (front).

Marianthi Varipatis, Amalia Patty, Angela Langley, Stan Varipatis, Dina Fatseas, Daniel Fatseas (being held), Tony Fatseas, Maria Poulos, Jenny Conomos.

Paula Giaouris, Emmanuel Varipatis, Toula Varipatis, Mem Fatseas, Emma Fatseas(being held), Manuel Patty, Mary Robinson, Adrian Patty (behind), Manuel Fatseas, Taki Papadakis, Maria Papadakis, Theo Poulos, Vivian Cassar-Patty, Fay Fatseas, Theo Poulos, Dennis Conomos.

Names kindly supplied by Toula Varipatis.

The Varipatis reunion was advised in a recent issue of the Kytherian Newsletter.

To subscribe to the Kytherian Newsletter you only need to join the
Kytherian Association of Australia
P. O. Box A203
Sydney South, NSW 1235
Australia.

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 25.02.2005

Peter Stathis.

Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

At the Karavitiko Symposium, held on Sunday 13th February 2005, at The Castellorizian Club, Kingsford.

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 25.02.2005

Catherine Kalokerinos.

Wife of Dr. Archie Kalokerinos, Cooranbong, New South Wales.

At the Karavitiko Symposium, held on Sunday 13th February 2005, at The Castellorizian Club, Kingsford.

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 25.02.2005

Alex Poulos. (Yeoryopoulos).

Tamworth. Husband to Maria (nee, Tambakis), and father of Sia Poulos, publisher of the Summer Edition newspaper.

At the Karavitiko Symposium, held on Sunday 13th February 2005, at The Castellorizian Club, Kingsford.

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 25.02.2005

Steve Zantiotis.

Former Optometrist, and current raconteur, and man-about-town.

At the Karavitiko Symposium, held on Sunday 13th February 2005, at The Castellorizian Club, Kingsford.

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 15.09.2005

Vangelli (Angelo) Chouli Crithary and Chris Lourandos, Canberra.

At the Karavitiko Symposium, held on Sunday 13th February 2005, at The Castellorizian Club, Kingsford.

Chouli (on the left), is a great supporter of the Karavitiko. He is also a superb model boat builder - and has donated his works of art as door prizes at prior Karavitika.

Chris is the long standing President of the Kytherian Brotherhood of Canbera and Districts (see entry in Community Services, subsection, Associations).

He is also a superb photographer. His photographs of Kythera in the early 1950's have captured the time and place perfectly.

Exhibitions of his photography have appeared at several prior Karavitika. A number of his photographs appear in Peter Vanges Kythera. A History.

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 25.02.2005

Jim Poulaki Coroneos, and his wife, Aliki Coroneos (nee, Coroneos).

At the Karavitiko Symposium, held on Sunday 13th February 2005, at The Castellorizian Club, Kingsford.

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 25.02.2005

Gloria Dimopoulos, daughter, Thespina Dimopoulos, and mother-in-law, Poppy Crithary.

The Crithary-Dimopoulos families are true stalwarts and great supporters of the Karavitiko.

Maintaining a cross-generational interest in Karavas and Kythera is one of the prime benefits of maintaining the Kytherian tradition.

At Karavitiko Symposium, 2005.

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 22.02.2005

Karavitiko 2005. Archie Kalokerinos and Victor Kepreotes.

Long-standing and indefatigable President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Dr. Victor Kepreotes, discussing Kytherian affairs with Neos Kosmos's Greek-Australian of the Century, Dr. Archie Kalokerinos, now of Cooranbong in New South Wales.

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submitted by George Poulos on 28.08.2005

(Tzortzo) Poulos (Hlihlis) family function. 1950's. Goulburn.

Front:

Brothers George Dimitri (Tzortzo) Poulos and Con Dimitri (Tzortzo) Poulos, children of Dimitri and Athena.

Rear:

Left to Right:

1. Dora Tzortzopoulos, youngest daughter of Mina and Frosso, Crookwell, and later Goulburn. Dora, after marrying Harry Dermatis from Niapoli, lived in Canberra, and later South Coogee.

2. Frosso Tzortzopoulos.

3.

4. Mina Tzortzopoulos, Crookwell.

5.

6. Panayoti (Peter) Tzortzopoulos, later of Warren, in New South Wales.

7.


For an oral history told by Con Dimitri Tzortzo(Poulos), about brothers and sister, George, Harry, and Ollie, see:
http://www.kythera-family.net/index.php?nav=5-48&did=6585-1&searchResult=searchResult

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 23.02.2005

Karavitiko 2005, at the Castellorizian Club, Kensington, Sydney.

Left to Right:

1. Peter Stathis [A number of entries about Peter's father Xenophon, from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, can be viewed at kythera-family. Search internally under Stathis].

2. Andy Psomas Coroneo

3.

4.

5.

6.

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 05.04.2005

Karavitiko 2005, at the Castellorizian Club, Kensington, Sydney.

Sia Poulos (Tamworth; Kythera) delivering the key-note speech to the assembled audience at Karavitiko 2005.

Karavitiko Symposium 2005

This years Karavitiko Symposium was held on Sunday 13th February at The Castellorizian Club, Kingsford. It was preceded by a Holy Service at Saint Spiridon's Church, Gardeners Rd, Kingsford, where the icon of Ayios Haralambos was paraded around the Church. Ayios Haralmbos is the patron saint of the village of Karavas. His life history is recounted in some depth on the kythera-island website at Culture, subsection, Religion.

Begun in 1967 the Karavitiko has been celebrated with a formal luncheon or dinner, every year since. The "Symposium" aspect derives from the fact that originally Karavites and Kytherians attending were encouraged to stand up and relate their life stories, experiences on Kythera, and subsequent migration to Australia.

This year, Sia Poulos, publisher of the ever popular Summer Edition was the key-note speaker. Sia was bought up in Tamworth, were her parents still reside. Alex (Yeoryo)Poulos, her father, attended the function. Sia's mother Maria was a Tambakis. Sia lives on Kythera. She is married to Dimitris Kiriakopoulos, and they have a son Alexandros.

Attendees at the Karavitiko received Sia very warmly. The majority knew all about the Summer Edition, and it was obvious that the newspaper is held in very high regard by Kytherian Australians. In her speech, Sia mentioned some opportunities that had been lost for funding large capital expenditure programmes on Kythera - because of the traditional rivalries between mesa and exo thimo. She also mentioned the need for establishing a quarterly magazine of high quality to canvass some of the key Kytherian issues, on Kythera, and amongst the Diaspora.

The atmosphere was very warm in the function room. Everybody particularly enjoyed "catching up" with relatives and friends - the central purpose of maintaining the Karavatiko tradition.

It is proposed that next years guest of honour will be Mother Kallistheni ( formerly Karin Sterling, (nee, Zantes)), from Goulburn, the Mother Superior of the Greek Orthodox Monastery, in Victoria. She is the great-grandaughter of the reverred "Papa Vangelli" Krithary, long-time priest of Ayios Haralambos Church, Karavas, and teacher at the school of Karavas. (Numerous photo's of Papa Vangelli can be found on kythera-family.net). Karin's appointment completes a "religious" family circle for the Krithary and Zantes families.

In an endeavour to elicit more photographs and stories about Karavas, and Kythera, the Committee of the Karavitiko Symposium have decided to donate 3 prizes for best entries to the web-site of:
1. Landscapes/buildings in and around Karavas.
2. Person/Group Portrait - Karavas.
Prizes of $250 each to be announced on Oxi Day, 2005.
3. Best Sporting Life entry - any subject.
Prize of a signed Eastern Suburbs Rugby League football guernsey

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 25.02.2005

Karavitiko 2005, at the Castellorizian Club, Kensington, Sydney.

Left to Right:

1.

2. Jim Poulaki Coroneos.
Jim's knowledge about Kytherian practices, customs and traditions is encyclopaedic.

3. Aliki Coroneos (nee, Coroneos).
Family parachouklia - Father - Lerios, and mother - Tsilivis.

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 25.02.2005

Karavitiko 2005, at the Castellorizian Club, Kensington, Sydney.

Standing:

Steve Kapetanios (Tzortzo) Poulos.

Seated:

Left to Right:

1. Peter Gerakiteys.

2. Maria Gerakiteys (nee, Venardos).

3. Kanella Newton (nee, Souris).

4. Robert Newton.