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Certificate - Chourmouze High School, Lili Vrahamis, Athens, 1919-1920 Object Reg. No: HT 2277

Summary:
School certificate received by Lili Sigalas (nee Vrahamis) for her schooling at Chourmouze High School in Athens from 1919-20. The subjects listed are Civics, French, Cosmology, Health, Nursing, Childcare, Home Economics, Cooking, Sewing, Accounting, Typing, Music, Art, Psychology and Philology.

Lili (Eleni) Sigalas (nee Vrahamis), born in 1904, was the daughter of Callirrhoe Dressler and Stavros Vrahamis, both from the Greek Island of Sikinos, who also lived for some time in Istanbul. Lili completed her secondary education in Athens, her father ensuring she was reasonably well educated, as he was unable to settle a dowry on her. In 1920 Lili was engaged to a cousin Letho (Eleutherios) Sigalas, and in 1922 migrated to Melbourne on the 'Largs Bay' with her father-in-law to be, James (Iakovos) Sigalas, and her elder married sister Alex. Letho and Lili were married at the Greek Orthodox Church on Victoria Parade, on 18 July 1923, just eight days before Lili's 19th birthday. They had two daughters - Dan'e in 1924 and Magarita Babette in 1931.

Letho worked in his father's cafés and the young couple moved in a very sociable set that included their own young Greek cousins, going to numerous dances, the races, and nightclubs. The family lived at the St Kilda Road house until 1948 when they moved to Kew. In 1930 the family toured Europe and travelled to Greece to see Lili's parents, and again in 1939. In 1937 Lili enrolled in an arts course at Melbourne University (her English now excellent), and during the 1940s, she became a committee member of the International Club, established by Ivy Brookes, which organised cultural events at the St Kilda Town Hall. She was also a member of the Greek Red Cross during the War, participated in organising significant theatre productions and worked as a correspondence teacher of English by the Migrant Education Department. Letho passed away in 1964 and Lili rejoined her family in Greece until 1987, having returned to Melbourne for extended periods during this time. Lili passed away in the 1990s.
Description:
Certificate printed in Greek in black ink, landscape orientation. Centred text surrounded by black border of running design. Lower left corner contains a green and blue stamp, which has been pasted on. There are hand written signatures in black ink at lower centre and right. There are two circular stamps in purple ink at lower left and centre. There is a signature in black ink on the reverse of certificate, along the upper edge.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Babette Sigalas, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 277 mm (Height), 430 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, greek communities, greek immigration, education, certificates
Themes this item is part of: Sigalas Family Collection, Lili Sigalas, Greek Migrant, 1922, Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Processing - Planning & Departure
Tertiary Classification: training & employment records
Inscriptions: Extensive text in Greek printed in black ink.
Awarded To: Mrs Lili Sigalas, Athens, Greece, 1920
Awarded By: Chourmouze High School, Athens, Greece, 1920

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