submitted by Site Administrator on 09.12.2004
This biography is part of a collection from "Life in Australia" :
Georgios Em. Potiris and Georgios Dam. Andronikos are the names of two cousins, hailing from Mylopotamos of Kythera, who are closely linked with the commercial progress of the Greeks of Australia, since they are from among the first Greeks to have brought a hotel in New South Wales.
In the wealthy and charming New South Wales country town of Walcha, which lies northwest of Sydney, about 10 miles distant from the Walcha railway station, with which it is linked by motor, stands the Apsley Hotel, a picture of which we include here.
The rich and splendid internal and external decoration and its numerous and enviable clientele mark the Apsley House Hotel out.
Mr. Potiris has been in Australia since 1902 and is now in his 32nd year, whilst Mr. Andronikos, who has been in Australia since 1907, is now 24.
In early 1913, they purchased the Aspley House Hotel together, thus assuring themselves of valuable property, which represents the results of their unrelenting labour and activity.
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.
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