The Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia regards George North (Tramountanas) as their Pioneering Grandfather.

George Tramountanas was born in his native Lemnos, Greece, in 1822. He came from a family of shipbuilders and seamen and had traveled to Australia as a teenager before finally arriving at Port Adelaide, South Australia, in 1842.

George Tramountanas changed his name to George North before his marriage to Englishwoman Lydia Vosper on 26 September 1858; she arrived from Devon, England, aboard the Caucasian in 1855.  Their two sons George Henry (born in 1861) and Hero Clare (born in 1862) were born at their homestead in Port Lincoln.

George and Lydia hosted a wedding reception at their North Park property on 4 November 1884 for their first son George Henry and his new wife Eliza Valkema. In 1885 George and Lydia’s second son Hero married Rosina Ann Boylan.

George and Lydia retired and lived their final years with their son Hero and his wife Rosina at their Newland Grange homestead at Colton, South Australia. George North died on 29 January 1911 and his wife Lydia on 20 November 1913; they are both buried in the Old Colton Catholic Cemetery. They were survived by their two sons and 22 grandchildren.


Source: Wikipedia

“…The first Greek to migrate to South Australia in 1842, Georgios Tramountanas showed true pioneering spirit when he moved to the sparsely-populated Eyre Peninsula in the late 1850s.”

 Enid Woodley, National Archives of Australia.