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|Also known as:||Kassambos, Helen|
|Place of Birth:||Innisfail (Qld.)|
|Date of Birth:||1940-01-01|
|Biographical notes:||Helen married Jack Haritos on the 14th December 1952 and came to Darwin from Brisbane. Their first home was an ex-army hut at Winnellie, followed by a hut at East Point near Pee Wee Camp. In 1956 the couple moved into Jack’s childhood house in McMinn Street which still had shrapnel holes in the roof and a bomb crater in the back yard. Helen and Jack had three children: Tony born in 1956; Paul born in 1958, and one daughter Diana born in 1959. Sadly, Paul was fatally stung by a box jellyfish at Mica Beach in 1964. Helen helped her husband in his many businesses, one of which was E.G. Haritos and Sons in Daly Street. Dried fruits came in large drums which had to be taken out weighed and bagged. Their grocery store sent supplies around the Northern Territory to miners on Groote Eylandt and at Rum Jungle; Daly River farmers; and Humpty Doo rice growers.Haritos allowed clients to trade skins for goods. Haritos had a close business and personal relationship with the Japanese company Fujita, which salvaged the wartime wrecks in the harbour from 1959 to 1960. Helen was involved with a number of community activities including: netball; teaching yoga; she was president of the Greek Women’s Auxiliary at a time when there was a huge fundraising activity for the new Darwin Greek Orthodox Church and an active member of the Darwin High School Parents and Citizens Committee.|
|Related Materials:||Forrest, P. "Witness to a modern Territory", Northern Territory News, 17 December 2002, p.28.|
Forrest, P. "Golden years, for living treasures", Northern Territory News, 10 December 2002, p.28.
|Appears in Collections:||Territory Women|
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