One of six children, Dimitrios “Jimmy” Koustoubardis was born on the island of Kefalonia, in Greece, in 1947. The son of a farmer, he recalls meal times heavy with seasonal produce, always lovingly prepared by his mother.
“We had beautiful grapes, pears, oranges and figs,” Jimmy says in his trademark broken English, “and I still think about the taste of corn and tomatoes from the farm, they are great childhood memories.”
Like thousands of other post-WWII Greek migrants, it was the dream of a better life and a secure future that brought Jimmy to Australia in 1969, after his brother and uncle had settled here the decade before.
“I remember being heart broken when I left my family behind in Greece,” he says, “but when I arrived in Australia, I worked very hard, saved my money and made a big plan for my future.”
There was just one thing missing. Her name was Toula Andreolas.