NSW to fund grants to help young people and migrants celebrate Anzac Day

Grants for migrant communities to celebrate Anzac spirit

The NSW government has introduced grants for young people and multicultural communities who wish to take part in Anzac events. Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello announced the Anzac Community Grants program will help schools, community organisations and veterans’ groups to raise awareness of the Anzac legacy in the lead-up to the Centenary of the First World War (2014-2018).

“With more than a quarter of NSW residents being born overseas, we need to ensure that knowledge and respect for Anzac traditions are passed on to all young Australians,” Mr Dominello said.
“On Remembrance Day it is important that all Australians, including people from a multicultural background, embrace the Anzac spirit.”

Grants can be given for up to $5,000 from ex-service organisations, community groups, schools and other educational institutions, local government, museums and historical societies.

“These grants will ensure that the people of NSW, through commemorative and educational initiatives, can share in and honour the enormous sacrifices Anzac diggers have made throughout Australia’s military and peacekeeping history.
“We are particularly keen to support innovative projects that bring people of diverse backgrounds together, or that use the web and social media to bring the Anzac story into the 21st century,” Mr Dominello said.

“A primary school may have an idea to document families identified on the local war memorial, or an ex-service association may want to help veterans share their stories with people who have just arrived in Australia”.

Applications close on Friday, 8 March 2013. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.communities.nsw.gov.au.

An initiative to digitise archives in order to preserve the migration history of Greek immigrants has been launched

Help preserve Greek migration history

An initiative to digitise archives in order to preserve the migration history of Greek immigrants has been launched.

With the support from the Greek diaspora, Save The Archives is raising awareness and collecting donations to help the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Athens to facilitate the digitization process.

Save The Archives has one goal – to preserve the entry documents from Greek migrants into countries including Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United States between 1950 – 1975. In an effort to digitise the more than 200,000 entry documents, many resources are needed to make this possible.

Working independently of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Athens, the Save The Archives initiative is working to raise 25,000 euros which will enable the IOM to be able to obtain the necessary resources to facilitate the digitization process of Greek migrant entry documents. Save The Archives organiser, Georgios Stroumboulis, first became aware of the migration documents during a visit to Athens in March 2012.

After meeting with the Head of Office for IOM Athens, Daniel Esdras, and discovering that more than 200,000 documents of Greek migrants in their original paper form needed to be protected from possible deterioration, the initiative to Save The Archives was born.

“Greeks have migrated to every imaginable part of the world – integrating within different communities while maintaining their rich culture and heritage” said Stroumboulis. “Being a first generation Greek-Canadian, the idea of helping ignite a movement that would help preserve the entry archives of my parents, and those archives of thousands of other Greeks around the world, was an inspiring challenge.”

The Save The Archives initiative is being launched to coincide with two important anniversaries between Greece/Australia and Greece/Canada this year. 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the Assisted Migration Agreement (AMA) signed in 1952 between Australia and Greece.

Thousands of Greeks migrated to Australia following the conclusion of the (AMA) under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM), later to become the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

This announcement also coincides with the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Greece.

Upon achieving the financial goal, the funds will be donated to IOM Athens which will undertake the digitization of the paper archives. With strong support coming from the Greek diaspora, specifically from Australia, plans on how the digitized archives will be presented are under way.

Following the digitization process, scholars and diplomats from Australia have discussed the creation of an online portal that can make the archives easily accessible by the diaspora.

Those interested in donating to this initiative should visit http://www.SaveTheArchives.com

He took the road less travelled but Dionysus will now be right at home

Source: SMH

AS HEROIC gods go, Dionysus would fit right into Sydney: god of the grape harvest, bringer of culture and ritual ecstasy, he was the mythological inspiration for Alexander the Great, the 4th century BC Macedonian king and spreader of civilisations who is being honoured with his own blockbuster exhibition in our city on Saturday.

Dionysus, or at least his marble likeness cast in Rome in the second century AD based on the Greek BC original, arrived at the Australian Museum last week.
His tall, bespectacled courier, Andrey Nikolaev, looked a little weary after almost a week accompanying Dionysus over rail, sea and air only for museum staff to finally decide the two-metre tall, 1.5-tonne statue, which can only be moved by the base, was too fragile to part so soon from the wooden crate.

St Petersburg, home of the statue, has no cargo planes, so beginning on November 7, Nikolaev had chaperoned Dionysus by train to Helsinki, then ferry across the Baltic Sea to Travemunde, Germany; another train to Amsterdam; then a Boeing 747 to Frankfurt, Mumbai and Hong Kong; and finally a second Boeing 747, arriving in Sydney on November 13. Having sat in the crate for a day or two to acclimatise on the Australian Museum’s exhibition floor, Dionysus – joined on his plinth in the 18th century by a smaller marble statue bearing a dubious likeness of Persephone or Cora, wife of the ruler of the underworld – met with approval when workers drilled away the wooden crate screws and removed the door.
Why was this god of the grape so important to Alexander the Great? ”Because Dionysus is not just the god of wine, he also is a god of inspiration,” said Anna Trofimova, the head of classical antiquities at The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. ”He was the god, the Greeks believe, that brought culture to different peoples in a lot of countries.”
More to the point, Dionysus was the ”guiding star” for Alexander, who in turn brought civilisation, founded cities and spread Greek language and art from the Mediterranean to Central Asia and India. Alexander was the ”first political leader who thought on the scale of the planet”.
Whether Alexander’s death at the age of 32 was due to fever or poisoning is open to conjecture, but Dr Trofimova is certain of Alexander’s legacy.

”The dream of Alexander, and I believe in it, was unity of mankind between east and western people. His belief in civilisation, this is a great lesson for us; especially important in our days when west and east are very, very sensitive.”