submitted by Site Administrator on 01.03.2005
This biography is part of a collection from "Life in Australia" :
Mr. Emmanouil I. Tsiragakis, who comes from Carpathos, was born on 25th September, 1893. Having finished
gymnasion in the Peiraeus, he left for Australia on 11th April 1911, aspiring to a broader career.
Residing in Sydney for about 18 months, during which he worked as an employee, he opened a shop, using as the means to do so only he sense of economy, honesty and ability. The shop is the most aristocratic of establishments, is named South Pole and stands on one of the most central streets of that great city.
Mr. Tsiragakis, both as manager of a shop and as a person, enjoys the esteem and affection of the community of Sydney. There can be no doubt about the brilliant future of this young man, which will be the reward owed to him for his activity and love of hard work.
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 Kythera-Family.net 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.
Teacher, journalist, poet and author, Sydney NSW Australia
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