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submitted by Hellenic War History on 22.04.2015

Open Seminar: Anzacs and the Salonika Campaign of 1915

NOTE: This lecture will take place at the Greek Centre

Location: Greek Centre, Level M, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Date: Thursday, 23 April 2015, 7:00pm

Lecturer: Dr Maria Hill

Entry: Free


Australia's preoccupation with Gallipoli has created a distorted narrative of the Great War and Australia's contribution to it.

There ...

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submitted by Hellenic War History on 12.11.2014

Booklet - 115 years of the Greek-Australian Alliance 1899-2014



1899-1902 – Greek Australians Frank Manusu (above), Constantine Alexander, Thomas Haraknoss, Elias Lukas and African Boer War.

1912-1913 – Australian volunteers served in the Royal Hellenic ...

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submitted by Hellenic War History on 12.11.2014

Map and document outlining 115 years of the Greek Australian Alliance

The pamphlet contains the 115 years of the Greek Australian Alliance map in the centre pages.

A high resolution copy of the map can be viewed or downloaded here:


These documents are reasonably accurate sourced from many referenced books but are really intended to wet one’s appetite to learn more. They outline the intertwined ...

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submitted by Kytherian Historical Record on 28.10.2014

The Isle of Thought

Athens, Wednesday, 1956, Reuters.

A small deserted island, only 24 miles from the Isle of Kythira, where so far that only visitors have been goats and sheep, is to become soon a place of international intellectual meetings.

Beautiful Kythera, motherland of Venus and love, and adjacent islet, are situated on the south-east corner of the Peloponnese, where the Ionian and the Cretan seas meet.

The Union of Greek Intellectuals is to set up an intellectuals ...

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submitted by Greek Australian History on 21.09.2014

Greek Language and Culture in Australia


The Greek emigration and settlement circle in Oceania comprised four important stages: the stage of exodus of approximately 300,000 Hellenes from their ancestral residences (1829-1974), the painful and agonizing stage of settlement in Australia and New Zealand during the PIE- and post-WWII period, the stage of their socio economic and cultural interaction during the years 1975-1995, and the stage of consolidation and citizenship that followed.' During this period, ...

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submitted by The Australian Newspaper on 08.09.2014

Spirits of ‘42nd Street’



......In a quiet olive grove on a Greek island, and aboriginal smoking ceremony marks the unsung heroism of Anzac soldiers......

Photograph: Smoking ceremony Reg Saunders’ daughter Dorothy in the olive grove.

Smoke from ...

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 25.08.2014

Greek Tragedy Brewarrina

The historic Greek family Café De Lux at Brewarrina NSW was destroyed in a conflagration at Brewarrina in Western NSW on Sunday night 24 August 2014.

This marks the end of an era of the Greek Cafes at Brewarrina which was established by the Ithacan George Pippos in 1926 and carried on by his son Angelo and wife Margaret Pippos until its demise yesterday.

The only remaining Greek owned family run cafes in Australia are the Canberra Cafe ( Paul Calokerinos and family) ...

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 27.10.2013

Greek meets Greek - 1

Greek Meets Greek 1890
This report in the Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners Advocate of Saturday 20 December 1890 gives a glimpse of the working conditions in some oyster saloons, facing immigrant Greeks before any thought of work place laws in Australia. The expectation, at this time, of Greek employers who could exploit their own country man to this end would not be tolerated today (2013) much less being held in favour of the employer in current workplace relations either by unions or the ...

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 07.10.2013

Cordato- Manucoe Wedding 1916

Cordato – Manucoe
(from Northern Star – Lismore NSW, Saturday 29 July 1916)
A wedding of an unusual character, writes our casino correspondent, was solemnised at St. Marks Anglican Church on Wednesday.
The bride and groom were both of Greek nationality, and the Greek ceremony was performed. The contracting parties were Anthony Cordato, of Dubbo, brother of Mr. Simon Cordato, of Casino, and Anthee Manucoe of Kyogle, whose parents reside in ...

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submitted by Constantinos Cominos on 18.06.2013



(16 November 1926 to 19 April 2013)
86 years, 5 months and 3 days


Terpsichore Benetos Cominos the wife of the late Benetos Victor Cominos was born in the family home, with the aid of a midwife, at the little township of Logothetianika on the Greek island of Kythera, according to her birth certificate, on Thursday the 16 day of November, ...

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submitted by Kytherian Historical Record on 01.06.2013

Immigrants in Smyrna – Refugees in Greece: Subsequent Transformations of Identity among Kytherian Migrants

Ioannis Karachristos / Athens

Michail Warlas / Athens

We think that our paper legitimises in a way Antonis Liakos’s suggestion that all our studies have an autobiographical character. As a matter of fact our paper denotes also the transformation of two historians of the seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries to contemporary historians. For both of us, Vienna – either as a centre for social history and historical anthropology, or as place of study, scientific inquiry ...

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submitted by Kytherian Historical Record on 18.01.2013

Tears, Songs, as Athenian Club Closes

Newspaper article, 2nd July, 1971

Patrons and staff wept and sang Greek and English songs when the Athenian Club, Castlereagh Street, closed yesterday.

The building will be demolished to make way for a huge development project taking in Elizabeth Park and Castlereagh Streets.

Former Prime Ministers John Curtin and Ben Chifley, were among the club's ...

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submitted by George N Leontsinis on 16.01.2013

The Sinking of the Warship HMS Gloucester (22 May 1941): Kythera, Antikythera, and the Battle of Crete

Paper delivered at the Delivered at the 11th Biennial Conference of the Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand .


My aim in this paper is to investigate aspects of the political, social, and military conditions that developed during the Battle of Crete, at the crucial, from a geostrategic perspective, Sea Channel between Crete, Antikythera, ...

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submitted by ANZACS In Greece on 24.12.2012

Speech delivered by the Honourable Charlie Lynn, Member of the Legislative Council

New South Wales Parliament, Thursday, 6th December, 2012.

On the occasion of the Symposium for the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete and Greek Campaign .

I am privileged to attend today a Symposium which will enhance knowledge and encourage further scholarship and research into the Second World War unique conflicts known as the Battle of Crete and Greek campaigns.

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 04.07.2011

Samios- Psaros Wedding 1932

Inverell Times, Friday, 3 June, 1932.

Samios – Psaros
A most attractive wedding, which created considerable interest locally, was celebrated in Greek at St. Augustine’s Church of England yesterday by the Greek priest, Archemanretty Theofilactos, who journeyed specially from Sydney for the occassion. The ceremony, according to the rights and ceremonials of the Greek Church, was most interesting and was witnessed by a large congregation.

The ...

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 06.07.2011

Double Wedding at Armidale NSW


St. Peter’s Cathedral, Armidale, was crowded with guests and onlookers, when two sisters were married according to rites of the Greek Orthodox Church at a spectacular double wedding on Wednesday last 20 August 1947.

The sisters were Elleni Sourry and Katina Sourry, daughters of Mrs. J. Sourry of Uralla, and the late Mr. Sourry. Bridegrooms were Mr. George Dedes, of Gunnedah, and Mr Angelo Zerefos, respectively.

The Very Revd. ...

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 12.06.2011

Gengos Trefilly Wedding 1916

Gengos Trefilly Wedding 1916
Inverell Times, Tuesday 13 June 1916
Greek Wedding
The local Greek community (Inverell) had a gala day on Wednesday (7 June) of last week when a large number of friends and relatives from various centres assembled at the Otho Street premises of S.Peters & Co. to witness the marriage ceremony between Mr A. Gengos and Miss E. Trefilly.
The function was a particularly pleasing one, the young couple being very popular amongst their own people. ...

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 28.05.2011

Greek Community Presents Greek Flag to Grafton High School 1944

Grafton 27 October 1944

Grafton Examiner, page 2

Greek Community Presents Greek Flag to High School

The Greek community of Grafton yesterday presented a Greek flag to the Grafton High School to commemorate the liberation of Greece and the occasion four years ago, when the Greek Premier, General Metaxas, declared war on the Axis after refusing to accede to a demand by Mussolini that Greece be used as a base for operations against the British.

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submitted by Gaye Hegeman on 25.04.2011

Brisbane lecture -The Turbulent History of the Ionian Islands

President: Francine Hinton. Email: Phone 3366 3585
Secretary:Dawn Whyte. Phone 3870 1747
220 Swann Rd Taringa 4068

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 22.04.2011

The Peters Enigma - A Presentation at the Roxy Bingara 10 April 2011

The Peters Enigma

The name Peter has a long association with the naming style of Greek Oyster Saloons and Cafes in eastern Australia. The name Peter and Peters with and without an apostrophe, continued as part of the Greek Café scene from the inception of Peter Phacheas’, S.Peter & Co at Inverell in 1899 through many businesses including, Peters Café at the Roxy Theatre Bingara 1936.

Mrs Peters Refreshment Rooms at128 Beaumont Street, Hamilton, NSW, an inner suburb ...