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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Chrissie Paspalis
Name: Paspalis, Chrissie
Also known as: Kailis, Chrissie
Kailis, Chrissy
Date of Death: 1995-04-25
Place of Birth: Perth (W.A.)
Date of Birth: 1913-07-13
Place of Death: Sydney (N.S.W.)
Place of Burial: Darwin
Cultural heritage: Greek
Occupation: Businesswoman
Biographical notes: Chrissy Kailis arrived in Darwin with her husband Michael Theodosos Paspalis in 1935. They purchased a small café and worked eighteen hour days. After surviving the first bombings in February 1942, by sheltering in the gutter in Smith Street, Chrissie was evacuated to Sydney with her husband. On their return to Darwin, they purchased the Hotel Darwin in 1946. Their local empire included six shops fronts in Hotel Darwin, the Fannie Bay Hotel, an open air theatre in Nightcliff and the Parap Cinema. After her husband passed away in 1972, Chrissie continued the family business. In 1980, she built Paspalis Centrepoint in Smith Street Mall which her husband started planning in 1972 before his death. In 1988 she built the Galleria in the Smith Street Mall, Darwin. Chrissy spent her later years travelling between Sydney and Darwin to be near her daughters Phynea and Helene and grandchildren. Chrissy Paspalis died 25 April 1995 in Sydney. She is buried next to Michael at the McMillans Road Cemetery.
Honours and Awards: The Order of the British Empire - Member (Civil) 1976
Appears in Collections:Territory Women

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