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submitted by Kytherian Christenings on 07.03.2015

Greek Christening in Wellington, NSW

The first Greek christening in Wellington took place last night, at the home of the child's parents, Mr and Mrs Charles Loupas, of the Kosciusko Cafe. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend Metrafanes, of the Greek Orthodox Church.

The little girl was christened Poppie, and Mr Emanuel Cassidy acted a Godfather to the child. The ceremony was a most interesting one, and attracted much interest amongst the Greek fraternity in the west; about 45 of whom attended, representatives being ...

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submitted by Good Weekend Magazine on 06.03.2015

Two of us: Kristina Olsson and Peter Preneas

Good Weekend

February 28, 2015

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Photograph: Kristina Olsson with her brother, Peter Preneas, in Sydney.
Photo: Janie Barrettc


Website designer Peter Preneas, 66, was a baby when he was snatched by his father as his pregnant mother boarded a train in Cairns in 1950; they were finally reunited in Brisbane in 1985, when he was 35. His half-sister, author Kristina Olsson, ...

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submitted by Kytherian Biographies Project on 23.02.2015

Jim Corones anecdote, mentioned in a speech in the Queensland Parliament

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Speech by

Hansard 7 March 1990

Gregory is a vast electorate of approximately 430 000 square kilometres enveloping 12 local authorities that reflect the vast size of the electorate itself. Firstly, I mention my home town of Quilpie, which is almost 1 000 kilometres west of Brisbane and at the end of the great western railway line. It is the gateway to ...

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submitted by Kytherian Biographies Project on 07.02.2015

James Corones

James (Jim) Corones was a colourful figure. His immaculate dress and noticeable charm marked him as different in the largely Anglo-Saxon bush township of Quilpie. He was born in Greece in 1895 and arrived in Australia in 1906. Eventually he joined his uncle and mentor, Harry Corones, who had established the Hotel Carones in Charleville. Jim made a huge impact on Quilpie by becoming joint owner with Harry of three hotels in the town. He arrived in Quilpie alone in 1921 but was soon joined by 20 year ...

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submitted by Thoroughbred News on 18.11.2014

Contract extension for V'landys

Thoroughbred News


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The chief executive of Racing NSW Peter V’landys has had his contract extended by a further three years according to a report in on Monday. There was no formal announcement of the decision on the Racing NSW site as at early Monday morning.

The decision comes before the NSW Government announces if it will put legislation through the ...

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submitted by Sydney Morning Herald on 17.11.2014

V'landys closes in on tax parity windfa

Sydney Morning Herald. 17th November, 2014.


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Kytherian, Peter V'landys, is Racing NSW CEO.

Just days before the Racing NSW releases its strategic plan, chief executive Peter V'landys has had his contract extended for another three years.

V'landys is nothing if not determined, and it seems the racing warrior is headed for another big win, as tax parity from TAB wagering ...

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submitted by Herald Sun, Melbourne on 28.09.2014

George Souris to quit NSW parliament

Herald Sun

SEptember 28, 2014

FORMER NSW minister George Souris will not recontest the 2015 state election after being dumped from the front bench earlier this year.

THE announcement was widely expected after Mr Souris was demoted from the ministry by Premier Mike Baird in his April cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Souris, who served in the Greiner, Fahey and O'Farrell cabinets, will end his 27-year parliamentary career at the March general election.

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submitted by Sydney Morning Herald on 09.09.2014

Nick Politis and Phil Gould put friendship before football

Nick Politis was born in the Patrikio Scholi in Karavas in 1942. He has a deep affection for Karavas, Ayia Pelagia, and Kythera generally. In 2014 he was awarded the Order of Australia.

Sydney Morning Herald, September 8, 2014

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Rooster booster: Nick Politis. Photo: James Alcock

Phil Gould lost one of the first games he coached at the Roosters. In the wash-up, ...

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submitted by Kytherian Historical Record on 03.08.2014

Venardos Family Leaving Blackhall 1953

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The Longreach leader, Friday 6th March, 1953, page 19

The Venardos family, who have conducted the Central Cafe in Blackhall for many years, will be leaving there shortly for Nambour, where they have purchased a picture theatre and dance hall. These are the Vogue Theatre and Diggers Hall, which are adjacent.

The purchase price is not disclosed but it is understood to be a large figure.

The move was ...

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 23.06.2014

Greek Wedding 1879 Melbourne

Early Greek Wedding 1879
Ocass – Holland
The marriage of Constance Ocass and Clara Holland was conducted at the Church of England, Holy Trinity Church, 162 Bay Street, Sandridge (now Port Melbourne) in the Colony of Victoria on the 5th October 1879.
The celebrant was the Rev, Frederick Charles Platts, the ‘incumbent’ of the Holy Trinity Church, who solemnized the marriage according to the Rites of the Church of England.
The couple were supported by John Nicholas, ...

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submitted by SBS Radio on 23.05.2014

The cafe culture in Albury Wodonga

'How did I end up working in cafes?" asks 77-year-old George Kotsiros, checking he’s got my question straight. My own concentration is being severely tested by the garlicky goodness wafting from the kitchen where George’s wife, Toula, is busy. 'I was heading to the Mitta Mitta River from Melbourne, for a water supply job. When I stopped at Wangaratta, I overheard some people speaking Greek in a cafe and, naturally, I wanted to talk to them. They told me about a job going at another cafe in ...

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submitted by Sydney Morning Herald on 20.04.2014

Racing NSW boss Peter V'landys praises 'visionary' Barry O'Farrell

Sydney Morning Herald, April 16, 2014

Chris Roots

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys is confident the $10 million funding for The Championships is secure, despite losing its biggest supporter when Premier Barry O’Farrell resigned on Wednesday.

The first day of the rich, government-backed, meeting last Saturday attracted almost 25,000 patrons in dreadful conditions and expectations are the crowd will be closer to 30,000 this Saturday.

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submitted by Hellenic World on 15.04.2014

Launch of The Hellenic Initiative Australia

Speaker: Andrew Liveris, Dow Chairman and CEO
Date of Speech: March 26, 2014
Location: Sydney, Australia
Title: Launch of The Hellenic Initiative Australia
Remarks as prepared for delivery

View / download a .pdf version of this speech:

Andrew Liveris' Speech at THI Australia Launch (March 26 2014).pdf


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submitted by Kytherian Newsletter Sydney on 14.04.2014

Peter Clary Castrission OAM

A rare breed of individual: altruistic in a world where self-interested
ambitions are often prized and admired. His determination to succeed
and his compassion for his fellow man are indeed exceptional traits

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View / download a copy of this entry as a .pdf:

Clary Castrssion.pdf

In the Australia Day ...

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submitted by Sydney Morning Herald on 27.02.2014

Peter V'landys honoured with an OM on Australia Day

Peter was one of three Kytherians honoured on Australia Day, 2014. The others were Angelo Notaras, and Clary Castrission

Kudos flows to Peter V'landys, the man who got bookies to pay their way

Sydney Morning Herald

January 26, 2014

Andrew Webster
Chief Sports Writer, The Sydney Morning Herald

This tough guy in a tie hasn't forgotten where he came from.

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submitted by SBS Radio on 10.02.2014

Angelo Notaras interviewed on the occasion of receiving the Order of Australia medal

Listen to the interview, spoken in English and translated into Greek, here:

Angelo Notaras interview on SBS.mp3

or, here

View / download a more extensive article about Angelo Notaras from the Kytherian Association of Australia, Newsletter, here:

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submitted by Neos Kosmos, Melbourne on 10.02.2014

Six Greek Australians took out Australia Day awards

Powerful and everyday heroes honoured

Neos Kosmos Melbourne

30 Jan 2014


From Australia's most powerful Greeks to local heroes, the Australia Day awards have honoured six great Greek Australians for their outstanding work in the community.
Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical and the advisor to former American President Bill Clinton has been honoured for his "distinguished service to international business ...

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submitted by The Daily Examiner, Grafton on 10.02.2014

Calling Australia home was a lucky move for Greek son

Grafton Examiner
27th Jan 2014

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MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Spiro and Angelo Notaras look out into one of the newly built smaller cinemas - at the Saraton Theatre. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

BUSINESSMAN, inventor, banana farmer, cinema owner, fundraiser - Angelo Notaras wears many hats and they all seem to fit comfortably.

His lifetime of achievement has been recognised with the Medal of the Order of Australia ...

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submitted by John Minchin on 29.01.2014

Stathis family from Keramouto

Panagiotis Giorgos Stathis was born in Keramoto on the island of Kythera, Greece on 24th October 1891. His father Giorgios was a priest at a church in Keramouto.

In 1909 Panayiotis migrated to Australia, arriving in Sydney on 22nd May. He was only 18 years old.
He changed his name from Panagiotis to Peter , and commenced working for Mr Z Cominos in Pitt St Sydney. In 1910 he ventured away from the city to work for Mr G Potiri at Walcha. Then to Brisbane to work for the Frigilis ...

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submitted by BBC, Great Britain on 05.01.2014

The island of Aphrodite’s ancestors

BBC Travel

4 January 2014
IN Greece History

by Katherine LaGrave

In 2004, Albert Blok closed his eyes and randomly pointed to a spot on a map, determined to spend his next holiday wherever his finger landed. He’d never heard of Cythera, a tiny Greek island northwest of Crete, but after visiting, he was smitten.

“It keeps revealing new secrets to us,” said Blok, who ended up emigrating to Cythera from the Netherlands ...