George Laurantus

June 10, 1894 - June 12, 1948

Burial Date June 14, 1948

was born June 1894, at Cerigo, Greece
Migrated to Australia on the 5th or 8th October 1908
per the German Steamer ‘Sedlitz’
and disembarked at the port of Sydney.
Before applying for his Naturalisation in 1930
he had resided in Sydney, Grenfell, Young, Leeton, Cootamundra, Junee.
He married an Australian girl, Eileen (nee Robertson), born at Cowra.
The Gloucester Advocate | Fri 18 Jun 1948  | Page 3  | Obituary.
As reported briefly on Tuesday the death occurred on Saturday night last of Mr George Laurantus, of the Ritz Cafe, Church Street. After the shop had been locked up for the night, Mr. Laurantus retired to the upstairs portion of the shop, where he lived with his younger brother, Jim. He complained of feeling sick and asked his brother for some I water, but passed away almost immediately afterwards. He was dead when his other brother, Mr. Jack Laurantus, arrived after being called down to the shop. He had been under medical treatment for some time for a ruptured stomach, and the complications which set in and caused his death are regarded as rare in medical case history.
Born 45 years ago on the island of Kethyra, between Greece and Crete, he came out to Australia in 1925, six months after Mr. Jack Laurantus. He worked in Sydney and several towns in N.S.W. before joining his brother in Gloucester in 1938, and had lived here ever since. Before he came out to Australia he saw service in the Greek Army from 1920 to 1924 in the war against the Turks. He was of a very happy disposition and was well liked in Gloucester, being popular among the staff and customers in the cafe, where he carried out the duties of cook. He will be sadly missed there.
He had just returned from a holiday to Sydney on the Friday and was in happy spirits all day Saturday. His return from Sydney had been a happy occasion for the family and particularly for his nephew Peter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Laurantus, for whom he had brought back a handsome present, as he always did when he returned home from the city, and of whom he was very fond. His sudden death came as a great shock to the members of his family here.
The funeral took place on Monday. Following a service in St. Paul’s Church of England, conducted by the Rev. Evajelenes, of Sydney, according to the rites of the Greek Orthodox Church, the funeral left for the Gloucester cemetery, where the interment was made, the Rev. Evajelenes again officiating at the graveside.
Many members of the Greek community in Sydney and from neighbouring towns attended the funeral. The late Mr. Laurantus is survived in Australia by two brothers, Jack and Jim, one sister, Stella, and one nephew, John Semetecolos, all of Gloucester and in Greece by four sisters. To all of them we extend our sincere sympathy.