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Memento : Issue 31
16 NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA NAA:MP76/1,4696 George Adamopoulos arrived in Australia in the late 1920s, part of the first big wave of Greek migration to Australia. Shortly after he applied to patent a method for the manufacture of mineral water. Financially secure and running his own chemical laboratories in Sydney, George Adamopoulos arranged for one of his cousins, Alecos (Alexander) Athanassiou Adamopoulos to join him in Australia. In 1932, they, together with Alexander’s brother (also named George), established the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry in Manila in the Philippines, now Adamson University. It survived a time as a secret radio transmission station during World War II to become one of the leading educational institutions in the country. Like George Adamopoulos, Stratos Moraitis worked closely with family. His father Spyridon (Speros) came from Greece in the 1880s and opened the Morris Brothers’ Fish Café at 38 Hindley Street in Adelaide. The café was run by Speros and his sons Yerasimos, Panayiotis (Peter) and Eustratios (Stratos), who all worked hard over the years to make it a popular Adelaide eatery. By 1944, Stratos Moraitis was making his name in a different sphere. He composed a number of songs in the 1940s including Going out to Dine (perhaps to advertise the family business), Brazilian Palms, Your Lovely Blue Eyes and The Housewife (‘She’ll scrub and rub and get dinner for you’). At least two of his compositions were published by the Australian Songwriters and Music Publishers Agency in Adelaide. The sheet music for Brazilian Palms not only included a portrait of Stratos on the cover, but also the accolade ‘Stratos Moraites: South Australia’s famous composer’. Another talented Greek, Nicholas Lianos, who performed under his stage name Nick Leenos in New South Wales in the 1920s and 1930s, composed his own ‘hit’ song, Good Bye My Love, and was quick to register it for copyright in July 1930. The published version described it as a ‘classic dramatic melody’ and the opening lyrics ‘I think you’re going to leave me so lonely in this world’ were certainly poignant. Nick Leenos had migrated to Australia in 1910 from the Ionian Islands, spending most of his early life in New South Wales. He worked as a wharf labourer to supplement his career treading the boards. As these records show, if you are researching your family history, don’t stop at migration, passenger, and war service records. The copyright and patents collection may hold some treasures from an unexpected inventor, composer or artist in your family. Enid Woodley [below] Oscar Georgoulas submitted several suggestions for improving grenade design to the Army Inventions Directorate during World War II, but was politely rejected.