Several of the exhibitors purchased country properties outside the towns in which they lived for investment purposes. However, it is known that at least 19 wives did assist their husbands in various ways with regards to their cinema enterprises and, for some, this often meant assisting in the refreshment rooms as well. Crones and his theatre were last mentioned in May In itself, a story of successful integration. On non-picture nights, he would help his brother run the wine saloon. One of the questions asked at interviews with these men or their family members was in relation to other business activities within the towns in which their cinemas were situated.

The remainder of their block of land allowed them to build a butcher’s shop and a post office, as well as leaving a substantial vacant allotment which, in later years, was used for extra shops. The Cinematograph and grammophone [sic] are of the very latest descriptions, and equal anything of the kind being shown in the Commonwealth. By the early s, it was uneconomical to continue. In he married and settled in Bondi, then Vaucluse. Where naturalisation records are unavailable, Electoral Rolls provide another source of information. Walgett Before the Motor Car.

Relatively short-lived, the Olympia was destroyed by fire on Friday, 3 June Summer days can be extremely hot, and winter evenings can be freezing.

As discussed in an earlier chapter, sometimes there was an undercurrent of discrimination that affected only the Greeks’ children, which must have originated with the British-Australian adults for it to be picked-up by their offspring.

How did they do it?

With only the cinema for income, the Johnsons found things very difficult financially. The importance of the Hellenic and Kytherian contribution to Australian cinema ownership and history is clearly demonstrated in Chapt 6, as in all other chapters. Mottee Bros, when they opened their new cafe in Kempsey indonated the opening night’s takings to the hospital.

Australian Bankruptcy Cases Vol 4 See, give them a chance to get home. Information about naturalisation of members of the subject group is not easy to obtain from family members owing to the passing of time and loss of knowledge.


Lambros was reported to have said, “[it] would prove an acquisition to the theatre and a step which they [the brothers] feel will be highly appreciated by their many patrons. By November, it was known as the Walgett Picture Palace. He used to tell us a lot, you know. Australian National University Press.

Where naturalisation records are unavailable, Electoral Rolls provide another source of information. All of this was done with the approval of Walgett Shire Council which was either unable or unwilling to do the same.

It ceased when film supplies became unprocurable. Continued from previous entry. The shops were twim along modern lines but not, according to the family, without difficulties.

Cooma Twin Cinema in Cooma, AU – Cinema Treasures

He is believed to have coomx encouraged into this venture by Lambros at Walgett. Chapter 7 is a picture gallery with lengthy captions and photographs of the men, their families, their cafes, their theatres. Their only child, Arthur, came to Sydney for high school and, later, university but he helped out when he was home on holidays. Even the sqvoy took this view. It was interesting to learn the English language, but he said ‘What do you want?

As theatre proprietors, they achieved positions of influence within their communities. This, undoubtedly, would have brought him into contact with many people. Parikia, Vol 3 No 25 April pp. Secondly, it took a long time to find a lessee for the cafe which had been made smaller than the earlier one since other shops in town now provided some of the range of stock that the old Barwon had provided.

Included is a case study of a North Coast family. This aspect of assimilation frequently receives less attention than it deserves. A few years later, her husband retired to Sydney. There was also a smaller shop at the corner of the two streets. The refreshment room moved to larger premises on the opposite side of the street and petrol facilities were installed outside.


According to family recollections, Hector would double one of his daughters on his pushbike to school then pedal on to the theatre where he would arrange bookings, put up advertisements, organise newspaper advertisements, savot minor repairs, and deal with correspondence.

Prior to Theo’s return to Greece, he had arranged a sale of the Majestic Cafe to Andrew, which he and Anastasia now ran. Close proximity of towns meant that showmen could screen every few days and thereby make a living. Con Kalligeris knew the girl that he would later marry from the days when they both lived on Kythera. The cinema business was sold around and the cafe was sold in By the main screen curtains had been removed as a result of them not being treated with safoy retardant.

Allowing for an establishment period, time to gain enough finance to start a business, and time to consolidate, then the time seems reasonable.

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In the sons purchased their father’s share of the business and operated the theatre until sxvoy E Conomos belonged to the Independent Order of Oddfellows, and proudly stated in his 94th year that he was still a member.

The rather nondescript School of Arts, situated in Fox Street, was the centre for indoor entertainments. Portrait of Uncle Nick: Charles Tee, who owned the razed properties, rebuilt. Twn look after the house, and your family, cooking, washing, and garden, everything A History of the Island of Kythera and its People.

In some cases, there is more to write about than for others, but that does not mean the contributions of the latter were less than those of the former.