On the NSW BDM Samuel's surname is spelt Dones and Catherine is listed as her surname Riely. They were married in 1854.
"The sea has offered Greek-Australians employment opportunities in a variety of spheres. Many, like Samuel Donnes (Antonatos) and John Peters, both of whom arrived in Sydney during the 1830s, became mariners on coastal or river vessels, while others remained in port as wharf labourers. By 1916, there were thirty-three Greeks reported to be working on New South Wales coastal shipping alone." (From Faces beyond the Greek cafe)
The surname Donnes shows in many different forms in the family records of Marriage, Birth and Death Certificates... Donnes, Donnas, Dones, Dennis, Donnish, and Downs.
We do not know his correct name but the surname is assumed to be Antonatos, a surname found on the Island of Kefalonia. I travelled to Kefalonia in 1993 to discover more about Sam Donnes, but was unable to confirm anything. However, I am convinced his surname WAS Antonatos, after hearing the surname pronounced by Greek people, and to an untrained English - speaker any of the above surnames could be a guess by the authorities of the time to interpret Antonatos. From Fay Tuckey.
Thanks to Joan Gray for starting this profile.
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