John Doscas

August 15, 1866 - December 4, 1946

John Doscas (1866-1946), produce merchant

also known as Jean Paraskeva Doscas or Ntoscas

was born on 15 August 1866 in Sparta, Greece.

After a varied career in travel pursuits, Mr Doscas set sail for Australia

on the ‘Salazie’ in 1889 (5/02/1889).

Upon his arrival in Melbourne he joined the firm Thomas Cook and Son as a tourist organizer and interpreter.

He came to Perth in 1896, establishing his own merchant business.

After retiring in 1909 he lived in Cottesloe,

being a member of the Municipal Council since 1907.

He married Margaret Coleman (widow) in 1897 and had a daughter, Arethusa Clio.



Greek Orthodox AA 293 

John Doscas was born in Sparta, Greece and migrated to Melbourne, Australia in the 1890s, arriving in Perth in 1896.

He was a produce merchant and was responsible for the introduction of Saanen goats to the State.

Doscas served on the Cottesloe Town Council for 46 years, including a term as mayor of Cottesloe. He lived in John Street, Cottesloe and was close friends with his neighbour William Zimpel. Doscas and Zimpel were responsible for the planting of the Norfolk Island pine trees at Cottesloe that have become a landscape feature along the coast of Western Australia.

John Doscas was fluent in a number of languages and also benefitted from marriage to an Anglo-Australian woman who provided the necessary social contacts into Perth society. John Doscas was a wealthy and influential leader in the Greek community and was responsible for the allocation of land for the Greek Orthodox community at Karrakatta Cemetery in 1906.



Death notice as published The West Australian |  Thu 5 Dec 1946  |  Page 8


Mr. John T. Doscas, a prominent member of the Greek community in Western Australia, died yesterday in a Claremont private hospital aged 80 years. He came to this Stath from Greece via Victoria more than 50 years ago and established himself as a produce merchant with metropolitan and
goldfields connections. He was amember of the Cottesloe Municipal Council fo; seven years and was responsible, with the late Mr. Zimpel, for establishing the fine avenue of Norfolk Island pines in John-street. He leaves a widow a son and a daughter.