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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Frank" Theophanis Jean ANTONOPOULOS / ANDONS

Born 6 January 1900 in Karpenisi, Evrytania, Greece [30: items 1167281, 1328638]
Son of Joannis ANTONOPOULOS [30: item 1167281]
Served with the 15th Battery of the Greek Army during the First World War [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Palmero on 23 November 1924 [30: item 1167281]
In Western Australia he resided in Nannup for three years, in Dowerin for two years and then in Carnamah [30: item 1167281]
He applied for his wife Agela and his cousin Christos ALEXOPOULOS to be admitted to Australia in 1928 [30: item 816 2011]
In early 1928 he purchased the grocery store of J. F. MASON at the Co-operative Buildings in Dowerin [492: 18-Feb-1928]
     He extended the premises to include a dining room in addition to its existing confectionery, fruit and vegetable sections [492]
     The expanded business was to be known as The Strand Cafe, which sold meals at any hour - including fish and oysters [492]
     It was reported in August 1929 that he was leaving Dowerin to open a branch of his business in Carnamah [492: 3-Aug-1929]
Proprietor of "The Strand Cafes" in Carnamah and Three Springs in 1930 [4: 5-Apr-1930, 4-Oct-1930]
     Both cafes provided three course meals, fruit, vegetables, confectionary, seafood, fish suppers, ice creams and soda drinks [4]
     His Strand Cafe in Carnamah was situated in Mackie's Buildings at 19 Macpherson Street, opposite the Carnamah Hotel [4]
     His Strand Cafe in Three Springs was a dining room situated at Jordan's Soda Fountain [4: 23-Aug-1930]
     He and his business in Carnamah were telephone number Carnamah-41 in 1930 [60]
     In 1930 he was leasing a shop and residence at Lot 53 Railway Road in Three Springs from Thomas J. BERRIGAN [86: 21-Jun-1930]
     In August 1931 he sold his Strand Cafe in Three Springs to John SIOTIS [4: 22-Mar-1931]
In May 1931 opened a Cash and Carry Grocery Store within the same premises at 19 Macpherson Street, Carnamah [3] [4: 16-May-1931]
     Proprietor of the "Cash and Carry Store" in Carnamah 1931-1933 [4: 1-Aug-1931] [5: 8-Jul-1932, 12-May-1933]
     The "Cash and Carry Store" sold groceries and all household requirements including clothing [5: 28-Apr-1933]
     Leased his shop in Mackie's Buildings at 19 Macpherson Street from its owner Robert MACKIE [3]
     Advertised his business in The Irwin Index, The Carnamah-Three Springs Times and The North Midland Times newspapers [4] [5]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Some of his advertisements of May and June 1933 listed his store as "The Summons Store" [5: 26-May-1933, 2-June-1933]
     "To Meet Existing Conditions - Great Reductions in All Our Lines - Money Badly Needed to Pay our Summonses" [5]
Also advertised his business in the Schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1933 [13]
     "Cash and Carry Store, To Save Money shop at ANDONS where every line of Grocery, Drapery, Hardware, [13]
     Patent Medicines, Produce and Confectionary are Always Cheap - Remember This! Out Stocks are Always New. No inferior [13]
     brands stocked. I buy direct from the manufacturer - you get the benefit. You are welcome to inspect our stocks and prices. [13]
     And You're to Save Money, Time and Transport. Frank Andons, Telephone 41 - Carnamah." [13]
Vice President of the Carnamah Football Club in 1930 [4: 15-Mar-1930]
He and his wife returned to Carnamah in February 1932 after spending a holiday in Perth [12: 11-Feb-1932]
Among those who made a donation to the Carnamah Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them buy premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Attended a large meeting in Three Springs to form a North Midlands Chamber of Commerce on 18 November 1932 [4: 26-Nov-1932]
In 1932 he was 5 foot 7 inches tall, had black hair, brown eyes and a small scar under his right eye [30: item 1167281]
Advertised in The Daily News and The West Australian newspapers of his intent to apply for naturalisation [30: item 1167281]
He renounced his Greek nationality on 22 May 1933 and became a naturalised citizen of the Commonwealth of Australia [30]
     John A. KENNY, who also operated a business from Mackie's Buildings in Carnamah, was one of his references [30]
     His other two references were Carnamah agent Rupert LAFFAN and local Justice of the Peace and farmer John BOWMAN [30]
By 1934 his Cash and Carry Store in Carnamah had been taken over by William D. COLE of Moora [5: 14-Dec-1934]
Husband of Agela [30: items 8162011, 1167281]
Father of Joannis and Maria [30: item 1167281]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Theophanis Jean Antonopoulos / Andons' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 February 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/frank-andons [sources]




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