submitted by Kytherian World Heritage Fund on 23.04.2010
Roxy Museum entry, Associations Page. Call for Donations
The museum will include photographs such as the one above. This photo was taken inside the Roxy Café around 1960 when it was managed by Jim Loulias. It features Bingara local Merv Hall (left), and Steven Loulias, Jim’s son (right), taken around Christmas.
What's On at The Roxy?
A number of Greek visitors travelled to Bingara in February, to witness first hand, the exciting developments of the Roxy Café. The visitors included Con and Dorothy Fardouly from Inverell; Peter and Judy Gianneas, formerly of Pete’s Place in Inverell; Paul Kalokerinos and his son John from the Canberra Café in Manilla, and George Kallitsis from Universal Catering in Sydney and Barraba.
As Greek café proprietors themselves, they all share a particular interest in the exciting future of the Roxy. They recognise that the Roxy is a symbol that epitomizes the Greek migration experience.The visitors share the collective experience of Greeks immigrants es¬tablishing cafes in rural Australia; either through their parents, as in the case of Con and Dorothy Fardouly, or first hand, as in the case of Peter Gianneas and Paul Kalokerinos, who immigrated to Australia over 50 years ago.
Many people will remember a visit to the Fardouly café in Inverell. Located in Byron St, it was an institution for generations whose memories readily evoke the treasured experience of visiting the café and all that it entailed. The fixtures and fittings from the Fardouly café will be reinstated in the Roxy Café which will serve to ensure that the Roxy is restored as faithfully as possible in keeping with cafés of the period.
The Fardouly’s story, along with those of other Greek proprietors from the region, will feature in the Roxy Café Museum which will be located upstairs over the café. The museum will be housed in the rooms that originally served as the sleeping quarters for the management and staff when it was built in 1936.
The Roxy Museum will celebrate Greek immigration to rural Australia. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek Cafe by recognising the significant contribution Greek immigrants made to the changing landscape of rural Australia. The museum will also serve as a research and education centre accessible to school groups from Kindergarten - Year 12, tertiary students, and members of the public.
Merv Hall worked at the Roxy Café for a number of years and was around 18 years old when the photo at right was taken. Merv recalls Saturday evenings when The Roxy Café was the most frequented in town. He recounts how it was so popular that queues would form outside on the street. Patrons only gained admission when a table inside became available.
Among other selections, patrons enjoyed the fresh fruit freezes and banana splits served with wafer cones, crushed nuts and a variety of toppings. Being multi-skilled, Merv not only worked at a number of cafés in the town, but he also worked as an usher at the Regent when it was run by Bill Kouvousis. It was a common sight to see Merv roaming the aisles serving choc tops from a wooden tray hanging from his neck at interval.
Apart from this photo, very few old photos of the Roxy have come to light. We are seeking further photos and memorabilia and would appeal to anyone who may have my relevant material to include in the collection that will be housed in the museum.
The story of the Greek Café is a shared chapter in the histories of Greece and Australia, a chapter that is almost over. Very few Greek cafes operate as they did 50 years ago. Even fewer sites that incorporate a functioning cinema and café remain. We welcome any contributions to ensure that the story continues to be shared, and that it continues to live on for years to come.
From the Bingara Advocate, Tuesday March 30, 2010, page 5.
submitted by George Poulos on 23.04.2010
Does anyone know if Steven Loulias is still alive?
Does anyone know his contact details?
submitted by Carolyn Rose on 01.04.2011
I knew him as John Loulias and he is alive and has posted a comment just recently! I hope he can make it to these celebrations in Bingara on the 9th and 10th april 2011
The name Kalogridis is associated with the Name Fardoulis and is found in the Potamos area of...
Please register by clicking here: https://forms.gle/DgiSWiH3ZDoUqxbK6
Saturday, March 11 / Sunday, March 12, 2023 (Australia)
Saturday, March 11,, 2023...
I am Anna Comino from Mackay QLD and I remember meeting a Jim Comino and...
About 5 minutes into the program Ada Margariti, who is an Attorney at Law, speaks about how she came to...
Interviewed during his visit to Australia, 2013.
August 17, 2010
103.2 HOPE - radio station
You’ve heard of PhDs in science, medicine and education but have you...
Brisbane kytherians at paliochora excursion ..exploring the wonderful site and seeing all the churches .. this one is called ' e...
Gorgeous Ruby! Ruby's father was Evangelo Megaloconomos born 7 September 1891, died 29 January 1983
Ruby was born 16 September...
10.03.2023 (Message Board)
10.02.2023 (Message Board)
01.02.2023 (Message Board)
I am from Kytherian Genealogy Project and we have been researching Kytherian family history for over 10...
I am looking for relatives and information about Yanos (could be Yani) Cassimatis who was born on...