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submitted by Giannis Cassimatis on 14.05.2004

Nikos Cassimatis I

see a chapter of Cassimatis family history in the oral history section.

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submitted by Giannis Cassimatis on 22.09.2005

Katerina Cassimatis and family

see a chapter of Cassimatis family history in the oral history section.

A chapter of Cassimatis family history

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submitted by Giannis Cassimatis on 15.05.2004

Cassimatis bros.

See a chapter of Cassimatis family history in the History - Oral history sub-section.

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submitted by George Poulos on 21.12.2007

Peter Venardos - aged 82, in his lounge room, Gunnedah, NSW, Australia, April, 2004.

Peter Venardos - parachoukli - Yaloupos aged 82, in his lounge room, Gunnedah, NSW, Australia, April, 2004.

Peter Venardos, was born in Ayia Anastasia, Kythera.

He left as a 12 year old, migrating to Australia.

Like so many other boy immigrants to Australia, he never saw his mother again after his departure. His mother died during WWII. Peter blames the the German occupying forces for her death. He claims that at a time when she was very sick, the occupying forces chose to withold medicines from her.

He moved to Tamworth in 1936, and then to Gunnedah in 1943, purchasing his first shop in 1944.

This was the Acropolis Cafe - owned by two other Kytherians, Manoli Kepreotes and Peter Veneri - who later moved to the "famous" Acropolis house and acreage in Wyong [where incidentally, the author George C Poulos spent many wonderful summer holidays as a young boy.]

Peters' business history, in a more comprehensive format, can be found under Photography Diaspora - subsection - Cafes and Shops. Search under Venardos for numerous other entries.

His contribution to the town of Gunnedah has been profound. After a Kytherian drowning tragedy, during a picnic on the Namoii River, involving his nephew, Peter was instrumental in mobilising the town to provide Gunnedah with its large and sophisticted community swimming pool. Many individuals and businesses in the town provided both equipment and labour for the project, free of charge, to ensure that all children in the town had a safe place in which to swim, and to provide a facility for swimming lessons within the town. A very important community resource, derived from a Kytherian tragedy. [See separate entry for photograph of Gunnedah Pool.]

In his honour, a street, and a carpark in Gunnedah have been named after him.

In the background of the picture can be seen a large Trophy Cabinet.
It contains most of the trophies won by Peter's son George Vernados as a young man.

A second Trophy Cabinet on an adjacent wall of the lounge room contains all the trophys won by his second eldest son, Jimmy.

The youngest son Paul, was also a good sportsman.

George was an exceptional swimmer, and Jimmy an all round sportman, excelling in "golf, tennis, Aussie Rules, soccer, name it!"

Honour boards at both the Gunnedah Swimming Pool, and Gunnedah High School, feature George Venardos prominently.

Participation in sport was highly encouraged in the Venardos family.
"You got to learn to take a few knocks....".

"They got to play sport. That was my story...and they thanked me for it!"

George is currently a very senior member of the Executive Team of the NRMA, a very powerful Corporation in the state of New South Wales.


It would be great if one of the children or grandchildren could furnish us with the continuing history of the Yaloupos soi.

Peter Venardos as a young entrepreneurial shop owner, 1930's, Gunnedah

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submitted by George Poulos on 12.05.2004

Peter Capsanis - From, Images of Home, Muvri Xenetia

Peter Capsanis - From, Images of Home, Muvri Xenetia

Peter Capsanis
"Old Peoples' Home", Potamos, Kythera, 1990.

Born in 1906, Peter left Kythera for Australia at the age of fifteen. After undertaking cafe work in such towns as Uralla and Woodstock in western NSW, and even turning his hand to seasonal fruit picking, in 1935 he settled in Oberon (near Bathurst), where he established a cafe.

[Oberon is a town on the outskirts of the Blue Mountains, which is west of Sydney.
For maps of the town of Oberon, its position in NSW, and its position in Australia, go to

For information about Oberon go to the website of Oberon Plateau Tourism Association,

and, the website of Oberon Council, ]

In 1947, he decided to return to Greece, just for a holiday, to see his family. Marrying Anna Souris in 1948, the couples future in Australia had been solidily laid by Peter's early efforts.

After his wife's death, Peter returned to Kythera to spend the remaining years of his life.

Surrounded by memorabilia of his life in Australia, a fragile press clipping from The Western Times (Bathurst newspaper) of 1947, is his pride and joy. The clipping, titled, 'Striking Tributes at Oberon Farewell', details not only the occasion of Peter's public send off on his initial return to Greece, but more importantly, his feelings about his two countries: '..Our countries have always been allies, and have fought together in the struggle for the existence of peace loving nations. The bond of freindship has been strengthened through the undaunted spirit of the Australians in Greece. Greece will never forget the Australians, who from 10,000 miles away came to her assistance in the dark hours when she was being overrun by the enemy. That action will be honoured by Greeks for generations to come'.

Otan pethane i yineka tou, o Peter epestrepse sta Kythera yia na perasi eki ta teleftea tou hronia.

This is the "famous" photograph mention in the State Parliament of New South Wales during the visit of the Greek President in 2002 - (see entry under History, sub-section, General History - NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard, (Part) Day Transcript for 7 June 2002. - ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY CONSTANTINOS STEPHANOPOULOS, PRESIDENT OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC)

" 1999 an exhibition at our State Library, next door, celebrated the venerable spirit of Greek Australians with a range of photographic works. (*Exhibition by Effie Alexakis & Leonard Janiszewski - In their own image: Greeks Australians.
(Go to: ) That exhibition included a photograph of Peter Capsanis, aged 84, taken at an old people's home in Kythera.)

Numerous references have already been made to the work of Effie Alexakis & Leonard Janiszewski, at - and no doubt the number of references to this dynamic pair of researchers will proliferate over the years.

Use the kythera-island search engine - top right hand corner to search "Effie Alexakis" and "Leonard Janiszewski".

See also,

It would be invaluable if relatives and descendants of the late Peter Capsanis, could further elaborate on his life and achievements, by posting additional information, reminiscences, and photographs onto

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submitted by George Poulos on 09.05.2004

Dr John Malos - as a young man

Dr John Malos 1927-1995

Brought up in Mackay, North QLD. John Malos beame an internationally reknowned physicist.

For more detail on his life-history refer to section - People - sub-section - High Achievers, at

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submitted by George Poulos on 09.05.2004

Frank Zantiotis, Brisbane, Australia

Frank Zantiotis, Brisbane, Australia

This photographic portrait is held at the National Library of Australia, along with an ORAL HISTORY interview.

Go to,

There are numerous Kytherian photographs/oral histories of this type held in repository at the the National Library of Australia.

It would be extremely valuable if all such photographs and oral histories could be replicated at

There are similar collections I am certain - at other Institutions around Australia.

Can you help to identify their location?

Can you help transpose them onto

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 14.05.2011

Hellenic Musical Society c1922

Sydney NSW Australia c 1925 includes 'Beatty'Calliope Phacheas/Fatseas - back row left side of photograph.
The brothers Panagiotis and Theophanis Leousi formed this musical group c 1920.

The Leousi brothers, Theodore and Peter, conducted the Athens Steam Laundry at 39 Oxford Street Paddington, Sydney NSW from 1917.
Peter McCarthy
May 2011

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 03.05.2004

George Phacheas & Family

Sophia Phacheas(nee Deftereon),George Phacheas and child 'Beatty'Calliope Phacheas Kurri Kurri NSW c1908

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 02.05.2004

The Bronze Head

The Minoan Bronze Head from Kythera in the Altes Museum in Berlin. A great place to view the rest of Greece!

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 03.05.2004

George and Peter Phacheas(Fatseas)

Taken c 1880 - does anyone recognize the uniform.
Sons of Emmanuel and Caliope Phacheas(Fatseas)
George Phacheas 1855-1942
Peter Phacheas 1860-1934
Village unknown

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 02.05.2004

'Beatty' Psaros (nee Calliope Phacheas)

Born Kurri Kurri NSW 1904-daughter of George and Sophia(nee Defteron)Phacheas. Married Theo Psaros 1927.d 1979

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 30.04.2004

Peter Phacheas(Fatseas)

Peter Phacheas (b c1861) a pioneering Kytherian who opened the first oyster saloon Inverell 1899 - Son of Emmanuel and Calliope Phacheas

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 30.04.2004

Theo Psaros

c 1927 Theo Psaros(b1898) son of Dimitris Psaros Skouladrianika.Married Calliope(Beatty) Phacheas Lived at Inverelll NSW Australia.

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submitted by George Poulos on 20.04.2004

Lafcadio Hearn in Matsue

Lafcadio Hearn's biography has been related extensively both on the Message Board, and as a separate entry in Vintage Portraits/People.

His mother, Rosa Antonia Tessima Cerg Kassimatis (Cassimatis) was born in Kythera in 1823.

For further information users are referred to


The following is a succinct biography published by thefreedictionary, at

Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (June 27 June 27, 1850 - September 26 - 1904 , later known as Yakumo Koizumi, was an author, best known for his books about Japan.

Hearn was born in Leucadia (pronounced Lefcadia, whence his name, which was one adopted by himself), one of the Greek Ionian Islands He moved to Dublin, Ireland at the age of 6. He was the son of Surgeon-major Charles Hearn, of King's County, Ireland, who, during the English occupation of the Jonian Islands, was stationed there, and who married a Greek wife. Artistic and rather bohemian tastes were in Lafcadio Hearn's blood. His father's brother Richard was at one time a well-known member of the Barbizon set of artists, though he made no mark as a painter through his lack of energy. Young Hearn had rather a casual education, but was for a time at Ushaw Roman Catholic College, Durham.

The religious faith in which he was brought up was, however, soon lost; and at 19, being thrown on his own resources, he went to the United States of America, and at first picked up a living in the lower grades of newspaper work in Cincinnati.
The details are obscure, but he continued to occupy himself with journalism and with out-of-the-way observation and reading, and meanwhile his erratic, romantic and rather morbid idiosyncrasies developed.

He was from 1877, in New Orleans, Louisiana writing for the Times Democrat. His writings about New Orleans focused on the city's Creole.
His writings for national publications like Harper's Weekly and Scribner's Magazine helped mould the popular image of New Orleans as a colorful place of decadence and hedonism. His best known book on Louisiana is Gombo Zhebes.

The Times Democrat sent Hearn to the West Indies as a correspondent in 1889. He spent two years in the islands and produced Two Years in the French West Indies and Youma, The Story of a West-Indian Slave (both 1890).

In 1891 Lafcadio Hearn went to Japan with a commission as a newspaper correspondent, which was quickly broken off. It was in Japan, however, that Hearn found his home and his greatest inspiration.

Books written by Hearn on Japanese subjects:

Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894 )
Kokoro: Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life (1896)
Gleanings in Buddha-Fields: Studies of Hand and Soul in the Far East (1897)
Exotics and Retrospectives (1898)
Japanese Fairy Tales (1898) and sequels
In Ghostly Japan (1899)
Shadowings (1900)
A Japanese Miscellany (1901)
Kottó: Being Japanese Curios, with Sundry Cobwebs (1902)
Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (1903)
Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation (1904; published just after his death.

During the 1890s, he became a teacher of English at the Tokyo Imperial University, and soon fell completely under the spell of Japan. He married a Japanese wife, became a naturalized Japanese under the name of Yakumo Koizumi, and adopted the Buddhist religion. His health was failing for the last two years of his life and he was deprived of his lecturership at the University.

In the late 19th century Japan was still largely unknown and exotic to the Western world. With the introduction of Japanese aesthetics, however, particularly at the Paris World's Fair in 1900, the West had an insatiable appetite for exotic Japan, and Hearn became known to the world through the depth, originality, sincerity and charm of his writings. In later years, some critics (such as George Orwell) would accuse Hearn of transferred nationalism and exoticizing Japan, but as the man who offered the West some of its first insights into pre-industrial and Meiji Era Japan, his work still offers valuable insight today.

Further reading

Elizabeth Bisland, The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn (2 vols., 1906)

G. M. Gould, Concerning Lafcadio Hearn (1908)

External links

Project Gutenberg

provides e-texts of 8 of Lafcadio Hearn's works.

Chita: A Memory of Last Island
by Hearn, Lafcadio
Released: Nov 1996

Glimpses of an Unfamiliar Japan _ First Series _ First Series
by Hearn, Lafcadio
Released: May 2005

Glimpses of an Unfamiliar Japan _ Second Series
by Hearn, Lafcadio
Released: May 2005

In Ghostly Japan
by Hearn, Lafcadio
Released: May 2005

Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation
by Hearn, Lafcadio
Released: Jun 2004

Kokoro _ Japanese Inner Life Hints _ Japanese Inner Life Hints
by Hearn, Lafcadio
Released: Sep 2005

by Hearn, Lafcadio
Released: Feb 1998

Two Years in the French West Indies
by Hearn, Lafcadio
Released: Aug 2004

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submitted by George Poulos on 15.04.2004

Lafcadio Hearn, Famous Kytherian Irish American Japanese

Lafcadio Hearn 1850-1904

Rosa Antonia Tessima Cerg Kassimatis (Cassimatis) was born on Kythira Island, in 1823. She married the Irish Surgeon Charles Hearn and had three children to him.

Rosa Kassimati Hearn's second child, was born on Lefkas Island, June 27, 1850: Patricio Lefcadio Hearn. He became a famous investigative journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio, and, later, a literary editor for New Orleans, Louisiana, newspaper. Later he became a world renowned author and an educator in Japan. He died from a heart attack in September, 1904, in Tokyo, Japan, where he is buried.

Email discussions with David Baldwin, Osaka, Japan, reveal that "when (Patricio) Lafcadio Hearn was 16 he lost an eye in a sporting event. The eye area became grotesque so he rarely appeared in a photo. When he did, he looked downward.

This photograph of Lafacdio Hearn derives from

The Hearn family website at is very sophisticated.

This website is devoted to James Daniel Hearn by his great grandchildren, primarily Brad Hearn of Florida.

The trussell site also contains a more detailed biography of Lafcadio Hearn:

"Lafcadio Hearn is almost as Japanese as haiku. Both are an art form, an institution in Japan. Haiku is indigenous to the nation; Hearn became a Japanese citizen and married a Japanese, taking the name Yakumo Koizumi. His flight from Western materialism brought him to Japan in 1890. His search for beauty and tranquility, for pleasing customs and lasting values, kept him there the rest of his life, a confirmed Japanophile. He became the great interpreter of things Japanese to the West. His keen intellect, poetic imagination and wonderful clear style permitted him to penetrate to the very essence of things Japanese."

From Tuttle's "publisher's foreword" to Hearn editions Biography.

Hearn was born on the Greek island of Lefkas, on June 27, 1850, son of an Anglo-Irish surgeon major in the British army and a Greek mother. After his parents' divorce when he was six, he was brought up by a great-aunt in Dublin, Ireland. He lost the sight in his left eye at the age of 16, and soon after, his father died. A year later, due to his great-aunt's bankruptcy, he was forced to withdraw from school. At the age of nineteen he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where five years later he became a newspaper reporter. In 1877 Hearn went to New Orleans to write a series of articles, and remained there for ten years. Having achieved some success with his literary translations and other works, he was hired by Harper Publishing Co. He was in the West Indies on assignment from Harper from 1887-89, and wrote two novels on that period.
In 1889 he decided to go to Japan, and upon his arrival in Yokohama in the spring of 1890, was befriended by Basil Hall Chamberlain of Tokyo Imperial University, and officials at the Ministry of Education. At their encouragement, in the summer of 1890 he moved to Matsue, to teach English at Shimane Prefectural Common Middle School and Normal School. There he got to know Governor Koteda Yasusada and Sentaro Nishida of Shimane, and later married Setsu Koizumi, the daughter of a local samurai family.
Hearn stayed fifteen months in Matsue, moving on to another teaching position in Kumamoto, Kyushu, at the Fifth Higher Middle School, where he spent the next three years and completed his book Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894). In October of 1894 he secured a journalism position with the English-language Kobe Chronicle, and in 1896, with some assistance from Chamberlain, he began teaching English literature at Tokyo (Imperial) University, a post he held until 1903, and at Waseda University. On September 26, 1904, he died of heart failure at the age of 54.
Hearn's most famous work is a collection of lectures entitled Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation (1904). His other books on Japan include Exotics and Retrospective (1898), In Ghostly Japan (1899), Shadowings (1900), A Japanese Miscellany (1901), and Kwaidan (1904).

(Thanks to Alan Rosen of Kumamoto University, and Hisashi Matsumura of Kobe-Shinwa Joshi Daigaku, for corrections and information about Hearn's Japan period.)

Japanese version of the above biography by Hisashi Matsumura.

Letter points to Hearn's estrangement with Japan, The Japan Times, Sept. 25, 1998.

Two books, three Lafcadio Hearns, Lafcadio Hearn's Japan, Irish Writing on Lafcadio Hearn and Japan. The Japan Times, June 23, 1998.

Lafcadio Hearn: interpreter of two disparate worlds, by Roger Pulvers, The Japan Times, Jan. 19, 2000.

Thanks to Steve Trussel complete translations of Lafcadio's works as e-books can be assessed at

At the same site, Atlantic Monthly articles by Lafcadio, from the Cornell University CD Archive, can also be readily assessed.

David Baldwin, Osaka, Japan, also informs us that:

On Culture day in November, 2004, the Japan Postal Service will issue a stamp honoring Lafcadio Hearn. He died 100 years ago. "I'm wondering what photo they will use?" (David Baldwin.)

There will be a big memorial symposium - in late September - in Matsue, Japan, sponsored by the city of Matsue.

Another photograph of Lafcadio Hearn, taken at Matsue, can also be viewed in this Vintage Portraits section.

George C Poulos

From information provided by David Baldwin
Dojima/Osaka, Japan.

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submitted by George Poulos on 26.09.2007

James Daniel Hearn

James Daniel Hearn in Connecticut -- 1876

Rosa Antonia Tessima Cerg Kassimatis (Cassimatis) had three children to the Irish surgeon Charles Hearn.

In 1856 before marrying Greek-Italian Giovanni Cavallini* of Cerigo Island, Rosa Kassimatis sent her three-year-old son, Charles Kassimati Hearn, - with a wet nurse - from her home in Cerigo to the Hearn family in Dublin, Ireland. The Dublin Hearn family changed the three-year-old boy's name from Charles Kassimatis Hearn to James Daniel Hearn. The Hearns sent James immediately to a boarding school in Scotland. James emigrated to the USA. James died in Michigan, USA, at the age of 80 in 1933.

"This is the picture of James Daniel Hearn that was in Grandma Hearn's album. It says Connecticut on the back. So we suppose this was taken when Grandpa Hearn came to America the second time and went to Connecticut to learn about growing tobacco." In the January, 1923, Atlantic Monthly is an article written by Henry Tracy Kneeland called "Lafcadio Hearn's Brother", an interview with Grandpa.

Excerpt: "After being in Wisconsin nearly five years, --I was now twenty-one, -- I went back to England. I intended to go out to India to enter a tea business. Dr. Stewart had a son who was a civil engineer for a tea company, and I expected to go in with him. But young Stewart got another idea--for me to return to the United States and get a knowledge of tobacco-growing in Connecticut before I went to India. So I came over again and stayed with a Mr. Smith at Poquonock. I had worked for him several years when I heard that young Stewart had died; so I gave up the tobacco scheme and came West. When I was twenty-four years old I went into the milling business at Gibsonburg, Ohio."


The descendants of James Hearn are very keen to track down his birth certificate.
David Baldwin writes that "...we still have no record of where on Kefalonia James was born (Charles Hearn would be the name on his birth certificate). Rosa took him to Kythira soon after his birth.

He also points out there "was a devastating earthquake on Cephalonia (Kefalonia) in 1956, that could have wiped out thousands of government records."

Is there a user, knowlegeable about Cephalonia Birth Records, who may be able to help us track down this birth certificate?

Submitted by George C Poulos.

Based on information provided by David Baldwin
Dojima/Osaka, Japan.

* Sometimes spelt Kavalini, Cavalinis, or Cavalenes.

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submitted by Maria Kominou on 27.03.2004

Anna Papadopoulou III

Anna Papadopoulou, now Kominou, with her husband Peter and children Kali-Kay (in fathers arms), Georgia-Gina and Nikos-Nick, in Warialda New South Wales. Their youngest child, Maria, was to be born a year later.

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submitted by Maria Kominou on 27.03.2004

Anna Papadopoulou II

Anna Papadopoulou, now Anna Kominou, on her engagement to Peter Kominos in Australia at the age of seventeen, Peter being twenty four. Her sister also married a Kominos, however he and Peter were not, it seems, related.

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submitted by Maria Kominou on 27.03.2004

Anna Papadopoulou I

Anna Papadopoulou begins her life in Aroniadika, here at the age of two (right) with Mother Kali Papadopoulou (previously Galani) and sister Chrissa.