Sport and chips got Tom through
BEING the new kid in town and the son of a “new Australian” isn’t so hard when your parents operate the fish and chip shop.
While the family would be enjoying home-cooked delights only introduced to most Australians in recent years – including moussaka, stuffed tomatoes and loukoumades (Greek-style doughnuts) – a young Tom Englezos would have friends clamouring to visit for hot chips after school in 1970s Portland.
“I was popular because I lived in the fish and chip shop,” the now 53-yearold laughed.
“And mum and dad cooked great fish and chips; you’d have lines out the door on a Friday and Saturday night.”
His parents Joan and Sava (Sam) had migrated from neighbouring islands in Greece in the 1950s, but met in Melbourne where they married.