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Passport - Issued to Mr Letho Sigalas, by Commonwealth of Australia, 1939 Object Reg. No: HT 2723

British passport, Commonwealth of Australia passport, for Mr Letho Sigalas, issued in 1939. It refers to him being British subject by birth. 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 cafés and in 1920 was engaged to his cousin Lili Vrahamis. The couple were married in Melbourne in 1923 and had two daughters Dane 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.
Black, cloth booklet. The cover has embossed text and the Coat of Arms of Australia. There are two oval shaped windows on the cover revealing first page. The inside of the passport contains handwritten and black text and a black and white passport sized photograph of Letho. There are stamps in various colours on several pages.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Babette Sigalas, 2004
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10.5 cm (Width), 15.1 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, greek communities, greek immigration, identity cards, government departments
Themes this item is part of: Sigalas Family Collection, Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: GOVERNANCE
Secondary Classification: Citizenship & Identification
Tertiary Classification: travel
Inscriptions: Front Cover: B A 211545 / BRITISH / PASSPORT / COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA / Mr L. J. Sigalas.
There is extensive text, both printed and hand written, within the passport.
Issued By: Commonwealth of Australia, Australia, 1939
Issued To: Mr Letho Sigalas, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1939

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