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Katina Kasimatis

Updated: Dec 15, 2022

Not all immigrants to Australia were young. This is Katina Kasimati, born 18 December, 1896, although she thought her birth date was 25 November 1899.


Australian National Archives NAA: BP25/1, MEGALOCONOMOU C GREEK

She was born in Kalokerines to Panagiotis Kasimatis and Georgoula Vlanti and was the fifth of eleven children


Katina's story is like so many Kytherian immigrants. Little will be found about her as there were few documents for women due to the men always carrying on the official business. Women did not even have to fill out their own naturalisation papers as they would be automatically naturalised with their husbands.


The only document found for her has been her alien registration form when she landed in Brisbane. She was widowed and her married surname was Megalokonomos. No marriage has been found for her so the identity of her husband may never be known.


She arrived in Sydney onboard Patris on 29 July 1964 and she was heading to Vasilios Megalokonomos, a relative, at 47 Brown Street New Farm, Brisbane. It is probable he was her brother-in-law.


She was 5' with grey hair and hazel eyes.


Australian National Archives NAA: BP25/1, MEGALOCONOMOU C GREEK

She died on 17 September1975, somewhere in Queensland and her grave location has not been found as yet.


At the moment, this is all that is known about her. More research is being carried out and, hopefully, more to her story will be found in the future.


UPDATE - Since writing this blog more information has been found. She married Dimitrios Megalokonomos in Kythera on 15 April 1923 and they had six children. Dimitrios and their eldest son went to Australia in 1937.


Bibliography

Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, www.familysearch.org, 1895–1897 Kythera Council Birth Records.


www.kytheriangenealogy.com

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