Ilias Fountis and his wife Anna (nee Lambou) born Pothea, Kalymnos, Greece. Ilias arrived in Australia in 1954. He was a member of the first Kalymnian diving crew which the Australian Government brought out to dive for pearl shell off the continent's north-west coast. Anna remained in Greece patiently awaiting Ilias' return. Three decades would pass before her husband journeyed back to Greece.