By Rachel Lyons
R-7 Gymnastics Focus School
Researched by students of
Ascot Park School
Nasoula Vlahos is a very courageous migrant from Lakonia in Greece who arrived in Australia in 1963. She was born in 1941 in a small mountain village called Kosmas and lived in a family of twelve with her three sisters, six brothers and her Mum and Dad.
Kosmas was a very poor and small village high on the mountains where it got very cold in winter. It was very beautiful especially in summer when the mountains were very green. Nasoula's job in Kosmas was to look after goats and sheep. She also grew chestnuts on her family’s tilling fields. For entertainement she liked village festivals, singing and dancing..
Nasoula was only twenty-one when she left Kosmas. She travelled by bus to Athens, the capital of Greece. From Athens she went to Piraeus, the port where the ocean liners were docked. She boarded the ship and spent more than twenty days at sea. They crossed the Mediterranean Sea, then the Red Sea and then sailed the Indian Ocean. The first time Nasoula saw Australia was when she arrived in Fremantle. She continued over the rough seas of the Great Australian Bight, before disembarking at Port Melbourne and catching a train to Adelaide.
When Nasoula arrived in Australia she thought that she would be alone and not accepted. She soon realised that this wasn’t true and had many friends.
Her life in Australia was great. She married Panagiotis Vlahos in Adelaide in 1964. They had three daughters, their names are Mete 41, Katarina 31 and her youngest is Maria.
In her early days in Australia she was renting for two years. She eventually bought a house at Daw Park but when she had her family it became too small. It had only four rooms which were, a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen and a lounge room. The next house she bought was slightly bigger but still too small. She eventually decided to build her own house that was a decent size for her family to live in. While her house was being built, they moved into a flat.
Nasoula is very happy with her life in Australia, but occasionally she likes to visit her home country. I really enjoyed interviewing Athanasia Vlahos and she taught me a lot about Greece and her life in Lakonia.