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Historic celebration for George Tramountanas
1 December 2022
October 29-30 saw a commemoration in Adelaide of the life of George
Tramountanas-North, the first Greek migrant to South Australia, with the
unveiling of busts of George and of his wife Lydia.
Tramountanas-North Association [T-NA] Secretary, Dominica Bartlett expressed
thanks to all who attended and contributed to the historic events.
Dominica commented that the event’s crowning moment was the unveiling of
the busts of George and Lydia. She complemented Adelaide artist Bill Cook, who
crafted the busts; and acknowledged the longstanding support of John Lesses to
bring the event to fruition.
Mr George Psiachas, Adelaide’s Greek Consul General, and Mr Nikolaos
Chardalias, Greece’s Deputy Defence Minister, attended a special morning
viewing of the busts. Mr Chardalias expressed his gratitude for being able to
honour George Tramountanas as the forerunner of Greeks who settled in South
In the afternoon, more than 120 people from Adelaide, from across South
Australia and Australia attended the formal unveiling. Among those present
were Mr. C. Papaconstantinou [President], Mr. P. Ppiros [General Secretary] and
Mr. P. Gardiakos [Treasurer] from the Greek Orthodox Community of SA
An Orthodox Church Trisagion Memorial liturgy was conducted by Fr Mark
Papapanagiotou from GOCSA.
Following the formal speeches, the busts were unveiled by T-NA Chairperson, Mr
Ray North and Ms Breanna Schultz – 4th and 7th Generation descendants of
George and Lydia respectively.
On Sunday group of descendants and members of T-NA toured sites relevant to
the lives of George and Lydia, including visiting the graves of their two sons and
their son’s spouses, followed by visits to the Maritime Museum and St Mary’s
Church in Port Adelaide.
Adelaide, South Australia