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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Boris John PASKOS

Born 12 October 1904 in Halara, Kastoria, Macedonia, Greece [30: item 1771804]
His original name was Pavlos Ioannu KOGIOPULOS and he was the son of Ioannes Zeses KOGIOPULOS [30]
He was born in Greece to Greek parents, married in Greece, and resided in Greece and until leaving for Australia [30]
Arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Orvieto on 25 January 1927 [30]
     Immediately after arriving in Australia he shifted to Three Springs where he initially worked for farmer James G. LYNCH [P2]
     Following his arrival he went by the name of Boris John PASKOS instead of Pavlos Ioannu KOGIOPULOS [30]
     Farmhand and Clearer in Three Springs [P40]
Later worked in Three Springs as a farmhand for James C. HUNT and Charles F. THOMAS [P40]
     Farmhand for Charles F. THOMAS for £1/10/- per week in 1933 and for £2 per week and keep in 1934 [30: items 8180770, 8183925]
     In May 1933 he applied for admission into Australia of his brother Avagalos John KOGIOPULOS [30: item 8180770]
     By 1934 he had £142 with the Commonwealth Bank and £50 in bonds with the E. S. & A. Bank in Three Springs [30: item 8183925]
     His employer's wife Mrs Winifred THOMAS, who had previously been a schoolteacher, taught him English [P2]
     On the suggestion of Mrs THOMAS he took up a fish and chip shop that was available in the Three Springs townsite [P2]
Proprietor of the Strand Café on Railway Road in Three Springs 1935-1940 [6] [30: item 1771804] [120: 15-Oct-1936]
     From the dining and refreshment rooms of his café he sold meals at all hours, confectionary, tobacco and cigarettes [120]
     He also sold daily fresh supplies of fruit and vegetables and fresh fish three times per week for 1/7 per pound [120]
     Had a petrol bowser outside his café from which he sold petrol at any hour of the day or night [120]
     Opened a second café called the Carnamah Café within Cowderoy's Buildings at 2 Macpherson Street, Carnamah in April 1937 [5]
     His Carnamah Café specialised in fish, grills and crayfish in addition to stocking and selling fresh fruit and vegetables [5: 30-Apr-1937]
     Advertised his Carnamah Café in The North Midland Times with motto "Civility, Cleanliness and Attention" [5: 7-May-1937]
After taking up the café/shop he paid for his wife and son, who had remained in Greece, to come out and join him [P2]
     He had successfully applied for admission into Australia of his wife and ten year old son on 15 October 1934 [30: item 8183925]
     His wife and son departed Port Said, Egypt on the Esquilino and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 14 October 1935 [63]
     His wife's parents had given her a large sum of money so she could get back to Greece if he turned out to be a bad husband [P2]
     After a few years she told him about the money and together they invested in some shops in William Street, Perth [P2]
     He and his wife worked very hard to make enough money to send their son to medical school, which they succeeded in [P2]
     They cooked fish, chips and other meals from early morning until midnight and used enormous amounts of potatoes and eggs [P2]
     Some of their fellow countrymen would often gather in the kitchen and talk to his wife while she did the cooking [P2]
Won a bag of flour at the North Midlands District Hospital Appeal's Grand Ball held in Three Springs on 21 May 1936 [5: 29-May-1936]
Vice President of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1936-37 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
His brother, whose admission into Australia he'd applied for, arrived in Fremantle on the steamship Orama on 2 March 1937 [63]
His application for naturalisation was advertised in The Irwin Index and The West Australian newspapers on 13 March 1937 [30]
     Received references for Naturalisation from locals Reginald WITHERS, Edward HUNT and Charles E. LUSCOMBE [30]
     Charles E. LUSCOMBE wrote that he'd been "a steady industrious and desirable citizen" during his 10 years in Three Springs [30]
     Renounced his Greek nationality before Charles F. THOMAS Jnr, Justice of the Peace, in Three Springs on 7 August 1937 [30]
     Became a Naturalised Australian Citizen on 10 September 1937[30]
After a number of years in the café he purchased the bakery next door and ran both that and the café [P2]
     Restaurant Proprietor and Baker in Three Springs 1941-1949 [6]
     Employed a baker to run the bakery and its bread was sold at his café in Three Springs and the General Store in Arrino [P2]
During the 1950s he sold the bakery and café to different people and shifted with his wife to Perth [P2]
     In Perth he worked at both a fish and chip shop in Barrack Street and as Night Watchman for Sydney Atkins [P2]
     He walked with a barrow to the markets in Wellington Street, Perth to  buy the fish and chip shop's vegetables and potatoes [P2]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley [2]
Husband of Alexandra [30]
Father of Don [30]
Died 14 September 2001; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Green Orthodox, DA, 74) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Boris John Paskos' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 June 2022 from [reference list]

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