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From Kastellorizo…Memoirs of a Greek Migrant Family
Michael (Stratos) Jack Kailis was born in Western Australia of Greek parents. His formative years were spent in North Perth, now known as Northbridge, where many of the early migrants from Castellorizo first settled.
Michael tells of the dangerous times that forced his parents’ families to come to Australia from Castellorizo. He tells of how his parents met, of their courtship and marriage, and of their humble beginnings. Above all, he writes with pride about the hard work and dynamism of his father in building a major business which grew to employ over 800 people.
This is a moving account of the migrant experience that will resonate with many Australians of Greek background
$42.50, Hesperian Press, 2006, 311pp
Ben-My-Chree, Woman of my Heart
The Ben-my-Chree was a British seaplane carrier that is widely credited with having played a pioneering role in the growth of naval aviation. What is less known is that she was sunk in the harbour of Castellorizo in 1917 when the island, then occupied by France, was subjected to fierce bombardment from the Turkish coast. Here, for the first time, is the complete story of the ill-fated Ben-my-Chree, from her days as an Isle of Man steamer to her conversion to one of the first floatplane carriers to serve in the Great War.
Author Ian Burns, a leading aero-naval historian, brings to light her fascinating story of passenger travel and her years of combat, culminating in her tragic sinking in the island’s accommodating harbour and the inquiry that followed.
£32.50, 240 pp
Near Eastern Dreams: The French Occupation of Castellorizo, 1915-1921
On a small island in the Eastern Mediterranean, successive European powers have demonstrated their grand aspirations. In the last century alone, Castellorizo has been ruled by Turkey, France, Italy, Britain and Greece.
Its period under French administration opens a fascinating window into the ideas of the French about their country’s place in the world. However, French dreams of a Near Eastern empire, expressed eloquently by naval administrators on the island, were to have little place in the plans of Paris bureaucrats.
Nicholas Pappas looks engagingly at the island, its people, its French overlords and the conflicting aspirations of the cultures and nations. His Castellorizo – “the Pearl of the Levant” to its French occupiers- is a touchstone of 20th century Western history, revealed with precision in this highly readable illustrated study.
$30.00, Halstead Press, 2005, 162pp
Kastellorizo: To margaritari tou Levante: I Galliki Katohi, 1915-1921
(Greek edition of ‘Near Eastern Dreams’)
$25.00, Zaharopoulos Press, 2004, 303pp
Embers on the Sea: The Empire Patrol Disaster, 1945
The conflagration which destroyed the Empire Patrol after World War II took with it more than just the lives of many Greek refugees.
For most of the survivors, their prospects of returning to normal peacetime homes went down along with the ship and their worldly belongings, and any physical evidence which might have revealed who was to blame. 50 years on. Embers on the Sea provides the first clear analysis of what went wrong before and during the journey, in the lax rescue operation, and at the British Naval Inquiry which followed.
Paul Boyatzis, a Perth doctor who survived the voyage, and Sydney lawyer and historian Nicholas Pappas, have teamed to piece the whole story together in text, pictures and interviews.
Tracing the historical background since the turn of the century, they explain how it is that a single shipwreck spelt the end of a Mediterranean town and set off a wave of migration to Australia.
$20.00, Halstead Press, 1995, 128pp
Castellorizo: An Illustrated History of the Island and its Conquerors
Castellorizo- An Illustrated History of the Island and its Conquerors charts great movements in history that have controlled the fate of a small island, remote from Greece. Since distant antiquity Castellorizo has been a prize in the power games of the Mediterranean. Its story traces the unsteady fortunes of the Rhodians and Romans, the Knights of St. John, Byzantine and modern Greece, Venice, Turkey, France, Britain, Germany and Italy.
And through the ancient and modern ravages of war, and last century’s peace and prosperity, through the depopulations of the Middle Ages and our own time, we find in the rocky isle’s constant Greekness, one condition which trade, diplomacy and conquest have never effaced.
For the first time, Nicholas Pappas presents this history as careful scholarly research reveals it. The many fascinating illustrations include maps, old prints and rare wartime photos showing scenes of devastations which Catellorizians themselves were never able to see.
$35.00, Halstead Press, 1994, 223pp