The death of the “father” of the Cypriot Diaspora in Melbourne, Anthony Toumbourou has caused great grief in the Greek-Cypriot Diaspora. Anthony Toumbourou, who passed away on May 9, at the age of 85, is succeeded by seven children and 14 grandchildren.
Toumbourou was born in the village of Asia in Cyprus, which was under occupation and he emigrated to Australia in the early 1950’s.
He was distinguished in the business field, and in the garment factory he had with Chris Christopher hundreds of Greeks were offered a job.
He dealt with the problems of the Cypriot community and served for many years as president of the Cypriot Community, the Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus and other Cypriot organizations.
During the coup and the Turkish invasion in Cyprus in 1974, Anthony Toumbourou led the Cypriot Community and spearheaded campaigns to offer assistance to refugees as well as to help the Australian government adopt positions in favor of Cyprus.