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Postcard - Letho Sigalas to Lili Vrahamis, Cairo, 29 Aug 1921 Document Reg. No: HT 2255

Postcard from Letho Sigalas to his fiancé Lili Vrahamis. It was written on the 29th August, 1921, while Letho was travelling from Greece to Cairo, as he returned to Melbourne.

Letho was the son of James Sigalas, a Greek migrant who settled in Australia in 1901 and opened the Anglo-American café in 1906, and the Centenary café, in the mid 1930s, both in Bourke Street. Letho worked in his father's café's and in 1920 was engaged to his cousin Lili Vrahamis. The couple were married in Melbourne in 1923 and had two daughters Danae in June 1924 and Magarita Babette in 1931. They moved in a very sociable set, composed of their own young Greek cousins, and had cars, sophistication and some affluence. In 1930 the family toured Europe and travelled to Greece to see Lili's parents. Letho and Lili went abroad again in 1939 and were in Greece when war was declared. Letho and Lili had a final trip abroad in 1960, before he passed away in 1964.
Postcard with sepia image of a group of men seated on a rug in a room. Each man wears a robe and headdress. There is a small window at the back of the room through which palm trees can be seen.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Babette Sigalas, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 90 mm (Height), 142 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, weddings, greek communities, greek immigration, correspondence, arranged marriages
Themes this item is part of: Lili Sigalas, Greek Migrant, 1922, Sigalas Family Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Processing - Planning & Departure
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Printed on Front of Card: Nr 174 Cafe arabo
Handwritten on back of card: Cairo. / le 39 Aout 1921 / My Darling Lili, / just to let you / know that I have arrived safely / in Cairo, where I will stay two days. / I arrived in Alexandria yesterday / (Sunday) at 10A.M. I left the same / afternoon for Cairo, I miss you / very very much. How are you? / Give my love to mother, / father, Alex and remember me / to Kotsos. Your ever loving letho X / xxxxxx
Sender: Mr Letho Sigalas, Cairo, Egypt, 29 Aug 1921
Addressed To: Mrs Lili Sigalas, Greece, 29 Aug 1921

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