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Australia born 1957

Ilias Fountis and his wife Anna (nee Lambou) 1990 Creation Notes: Taken in Pothea, Kalymnos, Greece 1990 printed Australia 1993
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph Place Published: 2 books and two films have been published through the Greek-Australians: Inour own image project 1985- see other 93.1462

Primary Insc: Ilias arrived in Australia in 1954. He was a member of the first Kalyminian diving crew which the Australian Government brought out to dive for pearl sh shell off the continent's north-west coast. 'I wish I was there [Australia] still, but now I'm an old man... I went for work, we wnated work, we didnt k now whether we wanted to stay. I would have liked to stay there longer... I had my mother here... my wife wanted to see her daughter and the grandchildr en... so we came back here. I did thitry years straightin Darwin...went nowe where else, only Katherine, Wyndham, Gove, that's all...thirty years straigh t in one time...then I came back here.. the wife came to Australia around'81 ...twenty-eight years she was on her own herre. It was bad of me for not
Tertiary Insc: taking my wife earlier, I would be a different person. ..what's money? Health is the main thing..that was bad of me she suffered he re, to lose her husband. Anyway, that wasnt a good thing. But thank God, we'
Acknowledgement: KODAK (Australasia) PTY LTD Fund 1993
Accession No: NGA 93.1463