submitted by James Gavriles on 12.07.2004
Not sure where this photo was taken?? maybe someone more familiar with the island can identify location?
submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 22.07.2004
Left to right: Unknown lady, My grandfather Yiannis whom I never met. He passed away soon after this photo was taken, my sister Pipitsa, my grandmother Eleni nee Leondaraki my mother expecting me. Front: Nina,Yiannis, Hristos.
submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 14.07.2004
I left Kythera for Australia in 1950 and this photograph was taken with the family that was still in Kythera. Please note: Our family have never had a photo with all of us together as my sister Pipitsa left Kythera when I was only two years old. I met her in Sydney for the first time. Left to right: My father Valerios, Mother Maria, Brother Yiannis, grandmother Eleni nee Leondaraki, Spyros, Christos, Nina
submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 22.09.2004
Pipitsa was married in Kythera to Petros(Peter) Semitecolos(Semos) in 1934. Peter was in Australia for a number of years before his marriage and worked at Barmedman NSW with Greg Samios(Kotsifos) then he owned a restaurant at Temora. They had Four children, Fotis(Philip),Katerina married to Eustace Alfred, Valerios married to Katina and Petros(Peter) After her husband's death she married Antonis Cassimatis(Vouros)
submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 31.07.2004
My mother was born in Kythera. Her maiden name was Nikolopoulou and her parents were from Gytheon. She was educated at the Naxos Girls Catholic School and received her degree in French. She was killed in a horrific accident in Hora while walking with my blind father to Kapsali 1962. Her eikonostasio is just below the Hora public school.She was born in the year 1900 .In the photo with my sister Pipitsa(later Semitecolos,Semos) from Temora.
submitted by Spyro Calocerinos on 21.01.2008
King Paul and Queen Friderika visited Kythera 1948. They landed in Kapsali and the boyscouts had laid branches of myrtle on the ground.As we had no electricity in Kastro, we had arranged empty tins with diezel in them at the Kastro in Hora, lit up the tins and made up the words "Καλως Ηλθατε στα Κυθηρα" "Welcome to Kythera" Everything has changed the last sixty years.
This photo was taken in Athens in 1922. My father Valerios Kalokairinos born Alexandrades 1893,died 1969,my mother Maria
was born 1900 and died 1962
submitted by James Gavriles on 11.07.2004
Unknown Kytherian family picture. Found amongst my Father's old pictures. Maybe someone can identify this family?
submitted by George Poulos on 26.09.2007
John Cavallini - second husband of Rosa Cassamaty/Hearn.
Amongst other positions/titles - Governor of Kythera during the British Adminstration.
The story behind the posting of this photograph to kythera-family.net.
By end May, 2004, 10 "Hearn" entries have been posted to kythera-island.net., with a number of users also responding to the original article under People, subsection, High Achievers, by Late in 2003, by Eleni Harou, on 30.10.2003.
The historical background has been well covered in these 15 entries to date. Also by sophisticated "Hearn" web-sites, cited in the articles above.
My interest in Lafcadio Hearn and his mother was stimulated by a descendant, David Baldwin, who lives in Osaka, Japan. I have become very intrigued by both Rosa and Lafcadio.
David lamented that at least two very important documents had not yet surfaced re: the pair.
1. Photograph of Rosa
2. Birth Certificate of Lafcadio
I became convinced that endevouring to contact descendants of Rosa's second husband, Giovanni Cavallini, might also be an important first step in obtaining 1. and 2 above.
Briefly: "Giovanni Cavallini was a Kithira Islander of Italian descent, was a man of some standing. He was Ionian Islands' Vice Consul for Austria-Hungary. Prior to that he was a Governor of Cerigotto (sic) during the British Protectorate. His hobby was collecting antiquities.
Four Children were born to this couple on Cerigo Island:
Ziza Cavallini, Catherine Cavallini, Angelo Cavallini (who died in 1947) and George Cavallini b. March 25, 1872."
So I added:
3. More detail about second husband, Giovanni Cavallini.
4. Contact with Cavallini descendants.
When I was researching a completely different matter on the net - I stumbled, upon a reference to 12 photographs held at:
Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-2140
United States of America.
The Chief Archivist informed me that
"Photo's of interest were:
The seven photographs of the Cavalinni family (box 7, folder 15) include photographs of:
Rosa's husband John Cavalinni, her father-in-law Aggelo (or Angelo) Cavalinni, and her children George, Angelo (2 photographs, including one of Angelo and his wife), Ziza (photographed with her husband Alkiriades Lastiotis), and Catherine (photographed with her husband Mr. Petroheilou and a child).
In addition to the photographs of Rosa Cassimati's tombstone and her girlhood home, Box 7 Folder 16 also contains a photograph of the home of Rosa's son John Cavalinni and two general views of Kythera and Kapsali Bay (one with a cross to show the location of Rosa's home and one showing the location of her son's house). There are two different views of the tombstone- one showing the entire tombstone and one showing the inscription. There are also two different views of Rosa's girlhood home."
How, I asked did these photographs come to be in the possession of Ohio State University, and originally, in the posssession of the donor, Dorothea McClelland?
"Dorothea McClelland became interested in Lafcadio Hearn's writings, in part because they reminded her of her childhood years spent in Japan.
Because of her interest, she made a study of Hearn and collected numerous materials related to him.
While looking for information on Hearn's mother, McClelland corresponded with a Mr. Anthony J. Stathis in Kythera, and he sent the photographs to her."
Now this is where the investigation becomes really exciting, and where all the possibilities that can be opened up by the nature of kythera-family.net become apparent. We are now entering into 3rd and 4th stage levels of research.
Questions now arising?
1. Does anyone have information about
2. Does anyone know the whereabouts of the descendants of Ziza Cavallini, Catherine Cavallini, Angelo Cavallini and George Cavallini?
3. Does anyone know the whereabouts of the descendants of Alkiriades Lastiotis, husband of Ziza Cavallini, and Mr. Petroheilou, husband of Catherine Cavallini?
4. Does anyone know the history of, or is anyone a descendant of, the mysterious Mr. Anthony J. Stathis, who originally sent the photographs to Dorothea McClelland in the first place?
Unfortunately the cost of obtaining each photograph is US$39.
It is not a policy of kythera-island.net to pay for material. That would establish a bad precedent, which would inevitably lead to the economic demise of the site.
However, my personal curiosity has become overwhelming, and I have sent the funds off to purchase two (2) of the photographs;
1. the gravestone of Rosa, with inscription
2. a picture of second husband Giovanni Cavallini.
These have now been posted to the web-site.
If these prove helpful in illiciting further information, then I suspect, I will find a means to purchase the remaining 10 photographs.
CAN YOU HELP? IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE US$39 IN ORDER TO PURCHASE ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPH, PLEASE EMAIL ME BY CLICKING ON MY NAME (IN GREEN) AT THE TOP OF THIS ENTRY, AND I WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH MAILING DETAILS.
In the meantime would descendants of Giovanni Cavallini, Alkiriades Lastiotis, Mr. Petroheilou, and Mr. Anthony J. Stathis, please post any information they have onto kythera-family.net?
I would like to thank the Iowa State University Library/Special Collections department, in particular Melissa Gottwald, Collections Archivist, for supplying this photograph, and allowing us to reproduce it at kythera-family.net.
* Sometimes spelt Kavalini, Cavalinis, or Cavalenes
submitted by Ellena Galtos on 06.07.2004
Kosmas P Galakatos (seated) with his son Nikolas K Galakatos, daughter-in-law Elena Alafouso Galakatou, and grandchildren Kosmas & Panagiota Natasa.
Photo from 1920s, probably in Piraeus after Nikolas and family returned from Russia.
Kosmas P Galakatos & wife (Panagiota Gavrili or possibly Calliope Zandioti?)
Children L-R: Ekaterini, Alexandros, Nikolas, Evphrosini.
Photo taken in Smyrna 1908
submitted by Ellena Galtos on 08.08.2004
Father Dimitrios Galakatos & his son Polychronis Father Dimitrios was priest at Agios Theodorus, Kythera; he died before 1916.
submitted by Ellena Galtos on 16.08.2004
Kosmas P Galakatos.
Born about 1857 in Christoforianika, Kythera; died 5 February 1942 in Piraeus, Greece. A trader, importer, exporter in Smyrna with business in Turkey, Russia & Greece.
Son of Polychronis Galakatos & Frossini Motis. Married Panagiota Panaretos; Panagiota Gavrili with whom he had 4 children; then Calliope Zandioti.
My great grandfather.
Alexandros N Galakatos.
Born 14 October 1894 in Smyrna; died 1 February 1988 in Miami, Florida USA.
Migrated to USA in 1912. Initially lived in Detroit, later Miami. Changed his surname to Milkton.
Married Theodosia Wiest. Son of Kosmas P Galakatos & Panagiota Gavrili.
submitted by George Poulos on 20.05.2004
Australian woman (married to a Kytherian) dressed in a Greek national costume.
Photograph taken in Kythera, circa 1939.
The identity of the woman is unknown. Can anybody help to identify her?
To view a larger collection of photos, including many Kytherian-Australian photos go to
Thanks to Maria Hill, for allowing us to reproduce Kytherian photographs at Kythera-Family....
submitted by Peter Tsicalas on 07.06.2004
Photo believed to have been taken Lismore, Warwick or Goondiwindi 1907-1910.
George, born 1880 Potamos, son of Spyro Ioannis and Maria (nee Tzouanakis/Pavlakou), landed Sydney 1905 and died Brisbane 1954.
For other stuff on Michalakakis/Tsicalas see
‘Family Tree’ section under M.
‘People Section’ under ‘Nicknames’.
‘History’ section under ‘General History’ – [Northern NSW-2 (Tweed Heads) and Northern NSW-7 (Tenterfield).]
‘Photo Diaspora’ section under ‘Cafes and Shops’ – Regent Café Lismore 1938.
submitted by Maria Petropoulou on 27.03.2004
"Douris" Petropoulos, from Dourianika, was a stone mason and builder. He and his brothers help build many of the islands churches, including Ag. Giannis in Dourianika and Ag. Elessa, aswell as churches off the island, as far away sometmes as Thebes.
submitted by Manolis Samios on 27.03.2004
On the 17th of January, 1941, a group of Kytherian soldiers, having been called to war, disembarked in Githeio, from there to make their way to the Albanian border. Many of them were never to return. Most of those who did return are no longer living, there follow the names of a few of the survivors: 4th right 1st(top) row Theodore Sklavos, 3rd right 4th row Ioanis Giouzelis, 2nd left 4th row Alekos Amarantos, 7th left 1st row Kosmas Lenes, 3rd left 2nd row Nikos Livaditis, 5th left 1st row Pavlos Stratigos, 9th left 1st row Kosmas Kalokairinos, 2nd right 1st row Kostas Kastridios, 4th right 1st row Fatseas.
submitted by Panagiota Morfi on 23.03.2004
(left to right) Koola Sklavoo, George Tatarakis and Maria Tatarakis on an outing to Mitata springs.
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