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Visits-Tributes to Graves of First Greeks of Australia

On Saturday, April 2nd, the Australian Hellenic Council is organizing a visit; a tribute to the grave of Antonis Manolis, one of the first Greeks who settled in Australia. The Australian Hellenic Council is working on the maintenance of the Greek-Australian heritage in Australia, Greece and Cyprus. That’s why it organizes visits-tributes to the graves of the Australian Greek community’s founders. Such a visit was realized last December at Waverley Cemetery, Sidney, where some of the first Greeks who moved there rest in peace.  According to Hugh Gilchrist the first certified arrival of Greeks in Australia was in August of 1829. They were seven sailors from Hydra, among them Antonis Manolis, who were sentenced to death accused for piracy in a British ship in the Mediterranean, but were finally exiled to Australia. Five of them went back to Greece, while two, Antonis Manolis and Gikas Voulgaris, remained in their new country. The first woman that went to Australia was Aikaterini Plessou who got married to British General Crummer and moved with him to Sidney in 1835.

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