Greek -Australian historian Michael Peter Tsounis, 86, died in Adelaide, South Australia on Oct. 26.
Born in 1926 in Ikaria, he was the youngest of eight siblings. In 1938, along with his mother and most of his brothers and sisters, they reunited in Port Lincoln, South Australia with his father who had emigrated there in 1926.
In 1971, Tsounis got a PhD on Greek Communities’ History in Australia. A teacher by profession he was particularly distinguished for his battles both in favor of the working class and immigrants.
The famous trade unionist George Zagkalis, Tsounis’ close associate for decades, stated that the immigrant historian was “a pioneer of multi-culturalism, a leading figure in campaigns for creating a better world and fought for it through Australia’s Communist Party, Plato, Democritus and the Greek Community of Adelaide. ” The funeral was set for Oct. 31 in Adelaide.