submitted by Site Administrator on 23.02.2005
This biography is part of a collection from "Life in Australia" :
Mr. Ioannis Aronis came to Australia first, to be followed by his younger brother, Dimitrios.
Together, and chiefly through the efforts of Ioannis, after much effort and some small setbacks, some time ago they purchased two very profitable shops in the country town of Marwillumbah, in New South Wales, having gone into partnership with their other brother, Panayiotis.
Which, after the fire that occurred in 1907, reduced them to ashes, were built anew by the Aronis brothers.
The Aronis brothers also bought another shop in Queensland in 1914, in partnership with their cousin, Mr. E. Galanis. They all hail from Kythera and, thanks to their individual powers and gifts, they are very well established.
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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