The first Samian immigrants were poor and illiterate but with deep feelings of love for their homeland. The first Samian to arrive in Australia (Melbourne) was Ioakim Zannis. The year was 1855. He was a sailor who found work at the gold mines of Balarat. In 1858 he married the Irishwoman, Margaret Watts Rainkorry. The couple was blessed with 12 children.
According to statistics, by 1940 there were 300 Samians in Australia. The sufferings of the war forced many people to seek a better future in Australia; In fact, after the civil war, emigration was the major feature of the Samian society. Newly arrived Samians along with former migrant compatriots -Kosta Manolio, Polichroni Sevasto, Kosta Kateris, Achilleas Gargalianos, Dimitris Mitsopoulos, Spiros Stamatiou, Kostas Theodorou and under the guidance of father Georgios Kateris, decided to form a Samian brotherhood in Sydney.
Following the decision of the founding meeting which was held on the 17th July 1956 at the well-known Kafenio Astro, elections were held to elect the first Committee. Candidates were: Dimitrios Anezis, Kostas Kateris, Ioannis Karlovasitis, Stavros Karachristodoulou, Andonios Kyriakou, Kostas Manolios, Ioannis Paraskevas, Georgios Patiniotis, Kostas Passas, Triantafyllos Politis, Polychronis Sevastos, Dimitrios Sirlis, Kostas Sandalis, Michael Tragaris and Nikos Xaritsos. Nine members were elected: The first President was Kostas Manolios. Vice-president: Polichronis Sevastos; secretary: Antonis Kyriakou; treasurer: Kostas Kateris. The first annual general meeting was held in August 1957 and elected unanimously the late Father George Kateris, as honorary president of the fraternity.
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