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Stories of Greek Lakonian migrants to South Australia as told to Ascot Park Primary School children



Researched by students of

Ascot Park School


Supervising teachers:

Jennifer Harris

Dimitri Katsambis



By Rachel Moore (Year 5)


To interview and find out more about Greek migrants living in Australia, Ascot Park kids journeyed to the Plympton Park Lakonian Family Centre on Tuesday 21 June 2005.


The Lakonian Family Centre is a local Greek club with close connections to Ascot Park School. Every year they sponsor “Souvlaki Day” to celebrate Greek National Day on 25 March. They also sponsor the academic achievement awards for students graduating from Ascot Park.


When the children arrived, one of their teachers, Mr  Dimitri Katsambis, introduced them to the Lakonian club members waiting there. To show them their skills and interest in Greek culture, the children danced the Zorba and sang the Greek alphabet song. The Lakonian members were delighted by the display of their culture.


After that the children got into groups of three and went to meet their interviewee and set off to a quiet place to get on with the interviews.


Some questions that were asked were:

What was life like back in Lakonia?

Why did you decide to come to Australia?

What have been your successes in Australia?  


Ruth Neeves, one of the interviewing  children said, “It was very interesting because I found out more on Greek Lakonian culture and people”.


Soon after, the children went back to their places. They then updated their notes and wrote an intro to tell the kids what they found out about the migrant they were interviewing.


Later on, the Lakonians generously provided them lunch that included souvlaki with bread and biscuits.  Before that they were given chocolate treats.


Ebony Watson, another of the students, thought it was very interesting finding out information on Greek Lakonian migrants.


The children found out a lot of information on Lakonian migrants and enjoyed interviewing them.


So they left with smiles on their faces and lots of information to write the incredible stories about the lives of Greek Lakonians in South Australia.


Read about the Pan-Lakonian Society




Panagiotis Aronis by Steven Coppinger

Antonia Arvanitakis by Tamieka Rowe

Diamando Ghiouzepis by Ruth Neeves

Vasilis Ghiouzepis by Klyde Goding

Yiannis Katsambis byJarryd Nerlich

George Ktremastiotis by Ben Congedi

Voula Kremastiotis by Ebony Watson

Katerina Mitris by Melissa Becirevic

Antonia Mitsopoulos by Kellie Stockham

Pandelis Nikiforos by Travis Kranz

Tasia Nikiforos by Merridy Granger

Christos Vlachos by Nikki Waelkens

Nasoula Vlahos by Rachel Lyons