Dimitri, or “Takis” Gogos, the founder of Neos Kosmos, the largest Greek-Australian newspaper in the country, died on Monday at the age of 88.
Born on February 13, 1931 on the island of Chios, Gogos’ parents were refugees from Asia Minor. He immigrated to Melbourne in 1950 and worked at General Motors Holden and other factories before turning exclusively to the realm of journalism.
Gogos founded Melbourne’s Neos Kosmos newspaper on the day of his 26th birthday in 1957, alongside his long-term partners Nondas Pezaros and Christos Mourikis.
The newspaper says in a statement that “Its survival is due to the passion of Mr. Gogos, who showed great sensitivity to the downtrodden and would work to organize food kitchens for unemployed Greek immigrants and take other initiatives to help better people’s lot in life.
“He was also at the helm of many struggles for national matters, and lobbied for the Greek community,” the statement said.
Neos Kosmos also stated that its founder was “a huge proponent of multiculturalism,” and that he was “proactive when it came to ensuring that proposals by Neos Kosmos were adopted by the Australian government.”
The statement concluded by adding that “His efforts to ensure social welfare for immigrants, as well as input in the creation of festivals such as ‘Greek Week,’ and later ‘Antipodes’ have ensured that Greek culture will continue to thrive for years to come.”