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Memento : Issue 31
Ionian Islands, sponsored by his sister and brother-in-law – the Casimatys of Hobart. After working in a number of cafés and becoming a Hobart café proprietor himself, George Haros had initially applied his inventiveness to producing an efficient way of heating water for tea and coffee. He sought to patent his resulting invention in November 1939 and established the Haros Boiler Company, which has helped keep cappuccinos frothy and tea hot in Australian cafés for more than 60 years. Another George – George Lucas Adamopoulos (later known as Adamson) – put his scientific know-how into practice. A qualified chemical engineer, [far left] This Greek family was welcomed to Australia in 1955 by the World Council of Churches. [below left] The cover of Stratos Moraitis’ Brazilian Palms proclaimed it as ‘The Song Sensation of the Century’. [below centre] Stratos Moraitis sang the praises of the housewife in a composition from 1945. [below right] The costumes may not have been traditional, but these dancers from the Castellorizian social club kicked up their heels in 1972. overcoming the difficulties of the break of gauges of the Australian railway system to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Melbourne. This was duly passed on to the Commonwealth Railways for consideration. The Railways thanked Oscar for his submission, but advised that, following a Royal Commission on the issue in 1921, they had decided to convert to standard gauge instead. Undeterred, Oscar Georgoulas continued his inventive pursuits. Keen to help the war effort, in 1942 Oscar sent seven submissions to the Army Inventions Directorate in Melbourne. Most related to improvements in grenades, but one included suggestions for a small armoured tank. During World War II, the Army Inventions Directorate received contributions from many other Greek Australians. In 1941, George Gabriel Haros approached the military authorities with a suggestion – a new anti- aircraft shell using two shell cases, the inner one of which was magnetised. The Inventions Board sought further details, but perhaps because Haros felt his own knowledge of magnetism was limited, his suggestion did not get beyond the ideas stage. George Haros had arrived in Australia in 1930 from Cerigo (Kythera), one of the Browsing through our collection of copyright and patent records, it doesn’t take long to find many gifted Greek Australians who have made significant contributions to Australian society and culture, whether through composing songs, designing weapons, penning plays, or concocting solutions. Consider Oscar Ephthimiou Georgoulas, who migrated to Australia as a young man in the early 1900s. As an astute new arrival Oscar was quick to see the need for a Greek guide to Australia. By 1919 he had written a 200-page handbook, which dispensed advice to potential and new migrants on commerce and business, legal matters, and immigration and naturalisation procedures. He applied to have his work registered for copyright in September 1919. Published in 1920 by the Central Press for the Greek Community in Sydney, The Greek Guide to Australia was one of the earliest Greek publications in Australia. His success in penning the Greek Guide perhaps encouraged Oscar Georgoulas to try his hand as a playwright. His play Miss Rich the Rich was registered for copyright, but it’s not clear whether it ever made it to the stage. By 1929, Oscar had moved to Dululu in Queensland, and branched out to inventions. He submitted a suggestion for NAA:A1336,43594NAA:A1336,41105NAA:A12111,72/18/39 MEMENTO WINTER 06 15