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submitted by John Stathatos on 17.10.2006

John Stathatos: Kythera Municipal Elections, 2006

Voting in Chora primary school for Kythera municipal elections, October 15th 2006. For details of the elections and voting results, please see the "Island News" section of this site.

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 25.04.2016

A harbour view and a new beginning

More than a view of Sydney harbour but a view of the landing place for many Kytherian (and Greek)young men when arriving in Australia to start a new life. Can you imagine how bare it was in 1900 - no bridge, buildings only 5 stories high, steam ships (the Roon) at berth in Circular Quay(beyond the span)and more ships at berth in the piers to right, water taxis, sailing ships.......

Papou did not imagine this scene , he was there.

Peter McCarthy
Kythera to Cafes

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submitted by Melanie Scinto on 17.07.2006

Protos siblings

This is an adult portrait of 5 of the 6 children born to Arthur & Constance Protos in Vandergrift,PA,USA. Back row L-R: John,Irene,George
Front row: Angelo & Stamata(Mae)
Missing:Manuel

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submitted by KCA Admin on 11.07.2006

Working on the Fatseas archive, July 2006

The record book with, above it, five negative plates in various conditions waiting to be examined and recorded.

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submitted by KCA Admin on 11.07.2006

Working on the Fatseas archive, July 2006

The first step: blocks of caked and mud-encrusted negative plates laid out on trestle tables prior to separation and cleaning.

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submitted by KCA Admin on 11.07.2006

John Stathatos: Chrysoula Fatseas working on the Fatseas Archive, July 2006

After cleaning, the negative plate is given a serial number and all necessary details, including an estimate of its condition on a scale of 0-4, are meticulously entered in the record book. The plate is then placed in an individual, acid-free four-fold envelope and stored. Later this summer it will be evaluated and checked again, scanned and digitised, and its subject researched before it acquires a permanent record in the photographic archive database.

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submitted by KCA Admin on 11.07.2006

John Stathatos: Chrysoula Fatseas working on the Fatseas Archive, July 2006

Chrysoula Fatseas examining the glass negative of a photo taken by here great-uncle Panayotis Fatseas in the 1920s. She has just finished cleaning the plate of accumulated mud, grime and dust.

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submitted by KCA Admin on 11.07.2006

John Stathatos: Chrysoula Fatseas working on the Fatseas Archive, July 2006

Chrysoula Fatseas, who is completing a photography degree at the Athens Technical Institute, is fulfilling her practical experience requirement by working on the photographic archive of her great-uncle Panayotis Fatseas. Here she is seen cleaning a glass negative plate.

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submitted by Alexandra Biggs on 15.04.2006

Penelope Castrisis (nee Frilingou)

Born in 1877 and Died in 1935 living in Frigilianika/ Kastrisianika areas of Kythera

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 25.04.2016

Historical Museum of Kriti 3 of 3

Maria and Andrew Kalokerinos

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 25.04.2016

Historical Museum of Kriti 2of 3

Dedication Plaque

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 25.04.2016

Historical Museum of Kriti 1of 3

This building was donated to the Prefecture of Iraklion by the Kalokerinos Family.This museum houses the history of the Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans and their occupation of the island.

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submitted by George Poulos on 25.04.2016

A Flag for Kythera. Proposal 2. Proposal utilising one of (wo)mankind's most ancient, primal and powerful symbols.

This symbol is based on the original symbol for Aphrodite - Venus (Venus is the Romanised version of Kythera's Aphrodite).

The symbol for Venus, based on the even older Egyptian symbol of the ankh, is that which is now being used in the Western World for the symbol of womanhood, ie, a cross placed on a circle.

The symbol for womanhood, in its current form, would not be an appropriate symbol on which to base a flag for Kythera.

It is too obviously associated with womanhood. The association could never be broken. The only way forward is to alter the symbol in a subtle way.

Hence I have removed the cross from periphery of the "womanhood/Aphrodite" symbol, and placed it in the centre of the circle.

The visual allusion to the Greek cross and the Greek national flag is deliberate.

Good iconography and vellilography is based on the principle of "distillation to essence" - in this case it responds to the question - "what is the minimal visual data that can be used to denote a particular entity or place - in this case Aphrodite, and by extension Kythera"?

In iconography and vellilography - "less is more".

The "re-worked" Venus/Aphrodite symbol fulfils this principle.

To appreciate the power and primal nature of the womanhood/Aphrodite symbol - go to:

Symbols.com Online Encyclopaedia of Western signs and ideograms

http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/41a/41a7.html

This symbol is also used by astronomers to designate the planet Venus (Aphrodite).

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submitted by BBC, Great Britain on 09.01.2006

Earthquake shakes southern Greece.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4592418.stm

A strong earthquake has struck southern Greece, including the capital, Athens, but there are no reports of injuries.
The underwater quake, which measured 6.9 magnitude, shook buildings in the capital and was felt as far away as northern Greece, Jordan and Egypt.

It struck at 1134 GMT and lasted for several seconds.

The quake's epicentre was located about 200km (125 miles) south of Athens, near the island of Kythira, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said.

A ferry boat captain sailing close to Kythira said the movement of the sea was tremendous.

This is the most seismic part of the Mediterranean basin and Greeks are used to buildings swaying, but this this quake was so powerful, it sent thousands of people running into the streets, reports the BBC's Malcolm Brabant in Athens.

In Crete, an elderly couple had a narrow escape. Seconds after they abandoned their home, a boulder crashed down from a mountain and flattened it.

On the island of Kythira, there are reports that a village church and several buildings have collapsed.

The island of Karpathos to the south has also suffered some damage.

George Karakasais, a seismologist at Aristotle University in Salonica, said this quake was the main event and not a precursor to a more powerful tremor.

On Saturday, a small earthquake measuring 4.5 magnitude, was registered off the coast of the Greek island of Cephalonia.

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submitted by John Stathatos on 09.01.2006

Earthquake of 8.1.2006 – Mitata

Evacuating an elderly wheelchair-bound villager,

Kythera airport was unusually crowded this morning, with a couple of helicopters including a large Chinook on the tarmac, as well as a four-engined army transport plane which had flown in extra firemen and civil defence personnel. Mitata was also crawling with television crews and their satellite broadcast equipment; the Kythera earthquake, despite the merciful absence of victims, has had a starring role in the Greek media today.

The region’s civil engineers have been hard at work, checking buildings and marking those deemed at risk with a red cross in a circle; almost all the latter were in Mitata, except for a few isolated cases in Goudianika, Potamos and Kapsali. All the affected buildings were unoccupied, most of them for years – a good thing, as the night of Sunday to Monday was bitterly cold; widespread damage leading to the evacuation of homes would have resulted in serious problems.

The most visible damage has been to Mitata church; completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1903 and recently extensively renovated, it is unfortunately a complete write-off and will have to be demolished. The village priest was allowed in briefly today to recuperate the church vessels, but otherwise the building is strictly off limits. There is already talk locally of rebuilding on a different site, this time well away from the treacherously unstable cliff edge.

The priority now will be on repairs and reconstruction, with the hazardous demolition of the precariously standing church high on the list of priorities. With one eye on forthcoming municipal elections, the regional and central governments have been making positive noises about providing emergency funding. It seems Kythera is fated to live through at least one natural emergency every winter; two years ago it was flooding, last year it was landslides, and now a major earthquake. Thankfully, in all three cases the only victim has been the island’s infrastructure.

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submitted by John Stathatos on 09.01.2006

Earthquake of 8.1.2006 – an off-limits street in Mitata

Houses on the left are marked with the red cross in a circle which indicates they are not safe to enter.

Kythera airport was unusually crowded this morning, with a couple of helicopters including a large Chinook on the tarmac, as well as a four-engined army transport plane which had flown in extra firemen and civil defence personnel. Mitata was also crawling with television crews and their satellite broadcast equipment; the Kythera earthquake, despite the merciful absence of victims, has had a starring role in the Greek media today.

The region’s civil engineers have been hard at work, checking buildings and marking those deemed at risk with a red cross in a circle; almost all the latter were in Mitata, except for a few isolated cases in Goudianika, Potamos and Kapsali. All the affected buildings were unoccupied, most of them for years – a good thing, as the night of Sunday to Monday was bitterly cold; widespread damage leading to the evacuation of homes would have resulted in serious problems.

The most visible damage has been to Mitata church; completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1903 and recently extensively renovated, it is unfortunately a complete write-off and will have to be demolished. The village priest was allowed in briefly today to recuperate the church vessels, but otherwise the building is strictly off limits. There is already talk locally of rebuilding on a different site, this time well away from the treacherously unstable cliff edge.

The priority now will be on repairs and reconstruction, with the hazardous demolition of the precariously standing church high on the list of priorities. With one eye on forthcoming municipal elections, the regional and central governments have been making positive noises about providing emergency funding. It seems Kythera is fated to live through at least one natural emergency every winter; two years ago it was flooding, last year it was landslides, and now a major earthquake. Thankfully, in all three cases the only victim has been the island’s infrastructure.

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submitted by John Stathatos on 09.01.2006

Earthquake of 8.1.2006 – ruins of a house in Mitata

The ruins of an old house or of outbuildings at the SW end of the village, just where the Viaradika road begins.

Kythera airport was unusually crowded this morning, with a couple of helicopters including a large Chinook on the tarmac, as well as a four-engined army transport plane which had flown in extra firemen and civil defence personnel. Mitata was also crawling with television crews and their satellite broadcast equipment; the Kythera earthquake, despite the merciful absence of victims, has had a starring role in the Greek media today.

The region’s civil engineers have been hard at work, checking buildings and marking those deemed at risk with a red cross in a circle; almost all the latter were in Mitata, except for a few isolated cases in Goudianika, Potamos and Kapsali. All the affected buildings were unoccupied, most of them for years – a good thing, as the night of Sunday to Monday was bitterly cold; widespread damage leading to the evacuation of homes would have resulted in serious problems.

The most visible damage has been to Mitata church; completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1903 and recently extensively renovated, it is unfortunately a complete write-off and will have to be demolished. The village priest was allowed in briefly today to recuperate the church vessels, but otherwise the building is strictly off limits. There is already talk locally of rebuilding on a different site, this time well away from the treacherously unstable cliff edge.

The priority now will be on repairs and reconstruction, with the hazardous demolition of the precariously standing church high on the list of priorities. With one eye on forthcoming municipal elections, the regional and central governments have been making positive noises about providing emergency funding. It seems Kythera is fated to live through at least one natural emergency every winter; two years ago it was flooding, last year it was landslides, and now a major earthquake. Thankfully, in all three cases the only victim has been the island’s infrastructure.

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submitted by John Stathatos on 09.01.2006

Earthquake of 8.1.2006 – ruins of a house in Mitata

The ruins of an old house or of outbuildings at the SW end of the village, just where the Viaradika road begins.

Kythera airport was unusually crowded this morning, with a couple of helicopters including a large Chinook on the tarmac, as well as a four-engined army transport plane which had flown in extra firemen and civil defence personnel. Mitata was also crawling with television crews and their satellite broadcast equipment; the Kythera earthquake, despite the merciful absence of victims, has had a starring role in the Greek media today.

The region’s civil engineers have been hard at work, checking buildings and marking those deemed at risk with a red cross in a circle; almost all the latter were in Mitata, except for a few isolated cases in Goudianika, Potamos and Kapsali. All the affected buildings were unoccupied, most of them for years – a good thing, as the night of Sunday to Monday was bitterly cold; widespread damage leading to the evacuation of homes would have resulted in serious problems.

The most visible damage has been to Mitata church; completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1903 and recently extensively renovated, it is unfortunately a complete write-off and will have to be demolished. The village priest was allowed in briefly today to recuperate the church vessels, but otherwise the building is strictly off limits. There is already talk locally of rebuilding on a different site, this time well away from the treacherously unstable cliff edge.

The priority now will be on repairs and reconstruction, with the hazardous demolition of the precariously standing church high on the list of priorities. With one eye on forthcoming municipal elections, the regional and central governments have been making positive noises about providing emergency funding. It seems Kythera is fated to live through at least one natural emergency every winter; two years ago it was flooding, last year it was landslides, and now a major earthquake. Thankfully, in all three cases the only victim has been the island’s infrastructure.

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submitted by John Stathatos on 09.01.2006

Earthquake of 8.1.2006 – Mitata church, a window

A lancet window in the upper part of the NW bell tower. The internal staircase has completely collapsed, filling the shaft with rubble.

Kythera airport was unusually crowded this morning, with a couple of helicopters including a large Chinook on the tarmac, as well as a four-engined army transport plane which had flown in extra firemen and civil defence personnel. Mitata was also crawling with television crews and their satellite broadcast equipment; the Kythera earthquake, despite the merciful absence of victims, has had a starring role in the Greek media today.

The region’s civil engineers have been hard at work, checking buildings and marking those deemed at risk with a red cross in a circle; almost all the latter were in Mitata, except for a few isolated cases in Goudianika, Potamos and Kapsali. All the affected buildings were unoccupied, most of them for years – a good thing, as the night of Sunday to Monday was bitterly cold; widespread damage leading to the evacuation of homes would have resulted in serious problems.

The most visible damage has been to Mitata church; completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1903 and recently extensively renovated, it is unfortunately a complete write-off and will have to be demolished. The village priest was allowed in briefly today to recuperate the church vessels, but otherwise the building is strictly off limits. There is already talk locally of rebuilding on a different site, this time well away from the treacherously unstable cliff edge.

The priority now will be on repairs and reconstruction, with the hazardous demolition of the precariously standing church high on the list of priorities. With one eye on forthcoming municipal elections, the regional and central governments have been making positive noises about providing emergency funding. It seems Kythera is fated to live through at least one natural emergency every winter; two years ago it was flooding, last year it was landslides, and now a major earthquake. Thankfully, in all three cases the only victim has been the island’s infrastructure.

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submitted by John Stathatos on 09.01.2006

Earthquake of 8.1.2006 – Mitata church, north-west bell tower

The whole tower could come down at any moment, with the upper part essentially supported on a single crumbling pier. The rubble-and-mortar construction, largely responsible for the collapse of the building, is clearly visible.

Kythera airport was unusually crowded this morning, with a couple of helicopters including a large Chinook on the tarmac, as well as a four-engined army transport plane which had flown in extra firemen and civil defence personnel. Mitata was also crawling with television crews and their satellite broadcast equipment; the Kythera earthquake, despite the merciful absence of victims, has had a starring role in the Greek media today.

The region’s civil engineers have been hard at work, checking buildings and marking those deemed at risk with a red cross in a circle; almost all the latter were in Mitata, except for a few isolated cases in Goudianika, Potamos and Kapsali. All the affected buildings were unoccupied, most of them for years – a good thing, as the night of Sunday to Monday was bitterly cold; widespread damage leading to the evacuation of homes would have resulted in serious problems.

The most visible damage has been to Mitata church; completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1903 and recently extensively renovated, it is unfortunately a complete write-off and will have to be demolished. The village priest was allowed in briefly today to recuperate the church vessels, but otherwise the building is strictly off limits. There is already talk locally of rebuilding on a different site, this time well away from the treacherously unstable cliff edge.

The priority now will be on repairs and reconstruction, with the hazardous demolition of the precariously standing church high on the list of priorities. With one eye on forthcoming municipal elections, the regional and central governments have been making positive noises about providing emergency funding. It seems Kythera is fated to live through at least one natural emergency every winter; two years ago it was flooding, last year it was landslides, and now a major earthquake. Thankfully, in all three cases the only victim has been the island’s infrastructure.