Enterprise and Diversity: Greek-Australian Occupational Pursuits, 1810s to Present

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Enterprise and Diversity: Greek-Australian Occupational Pursuits, 1810s to Present

Documentary photographer, Effy Alexakis, and historian, Leonard Janiszewski will present a lecture entitled “Enterprise and Diversity: Greek-Australian Occupational Pursuits, 1810s to Present”, on Thursday 27 April, at the Greek Centre, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

From the late nineteen century until the closing decades of the twentieth century, Greeks played a large part in Australia’s food catering industry.

They continued, nevertheless, to enter a wide variety of diverse occupations. These included: agricultural and pastoral activities, mining, sea-related industries, itinerant work, secondary industries, public life, professional fields, and artistic and sporting avenues.

Moreover, their contribution in some activities proved significant. This lecture reveals, acknowledges and celebrates their complex and broad involvement in Australia’s mainstream development over the last two hundred years.

Documentary photographer, Effy Alexakis, and historian, Leonard Janiszewski, have been researching the Greek-Australian historical and contemporary presence in both Australia and Greece since 1982.

Their project and archives, In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians, encompasses visual, oral and literary material and is based at Macquarie University, Sydney. Their archive is one of the most significant collections in the country on Greek-Australians.

Various national and international touring exhibitions, three major books, over 200 book chapters, articles, conference papers, and three film documentaries have been produced. Of their exhibitions, the most pronounced have been ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’ and ‘Selling and American Dream: Australia’s Greek Café’. The former was created in partnership with the State Library of NSW and toured throughout Australia as well as Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece; in Athens it was part of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Cultural Festival, ‘Reaching the World’ and in Thessaloniki it was invited as the Australian component of the City’s ‘Cultural Capital of Europe 1997’ program. The latter opened at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, in 2008, and is still touring.

Alexakis’ photographs are held in both public and private collections in Australia – most significantly in the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, and the State Library of NSW, Sydney. She currently works as a freelance photographer after completing 25 years service as Senior Photographer with Macquarie University. Alexakis has been ranked in the top ten portrait photographers in Australia. In 2001 Janiszewski was awarded the New South Wales History Fellowship to research a history of the ‘Greek café’.

Both Alexakis and Janiszewski are Research Fellows with the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. Janiszewski is also Curator with the Macquarie University Art Gallery. Alexakis and Janiszewski have served on numerous history and arts committees.



We’d like to thank the following donors: Kon Tsementis-Floudas, Maria Dikaiou in mem. of George H. Asproftas and Michael H. Asproftas, Chris & Angela Fifis, Konstandina Dounis in mem. of her parents Sophia and Theodoros Dounis.

During the course of the year considerable expenses are incurred in staging the seminars. In order to mitigate these costs individuals or organisations are invited to donate against a lecture of their choice. 

You too can donate for one or more seminars and (optionally) let your name or brand be known as a patron of culture to our members, visitors and followers, as well as the broader artistic and cultural community of Melbourne. 


When: Thursday, 27 April 2017, 7:00pm

Where: Greek Centre, (Mezzanine, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne)

Information: 9662 2722

Level 3, 168 Lonsdale St., Melbourne, Vic. 3000

Phone: +61 3 9662 2722

Email: info@greekcommunity.com.au, 

Website: greekcommunity.com.au


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Διάλεξη για τις επαγγελματικές επιδιώξεις Ελληνοαυστραλών από το 1810 ως σήμερα

Η φωτογράφος Εφη Αλεξάκη και ο ιστορικός Leonard Janiszewski θα παρουσιάσουν την Πέμπτη 27 Απριλίου στο Ελληνικό Κέντρο μια διάλεξη με τίτλο «Επιχειρήσεις και Διαφορετικότητα: Ελληνο-Αυστραλιανές επαγγελματικές επιδιώξεις, από το 1810 ως σήμερα», στο πλαίσιο των Σεμιναρίων Ελληνικής Ιστορίας και Πολιτισμού, που προσφέρονται από την Ελληνική Κοινότητα της Μελβούρνης.

Από τα τέλη του δέκατου ένατου αιώνα μέχρι τις τελευταίες δεκαετίες του εικοστού αιώνα, οι Έλληνες διαδραμάτισαν σημαντικό ρόλο στη βιομηχανία τροφίμων της Αυστραλίας.

Συνέχισαν, ωστόσο, να ασχολούνται σε μια ευρεία ποικιλία διαφορετικών επαγγελμάτων. Μεταξύ αυτών περιλαμβάνονται: οι γεωργικές και ποιμαντικές δραστηριότητες, οι μεταλλευτικές βιομηχανίες, οι θαλάσσιες βιομηχανίες, οι πλανόδιες εργασίες, οι δευτερογενείς βιομηχανίες, η δημόσια ζωή, οι επααγλμεατικοί χώροι και οι καλλιτεχνικές ακια αθλητικές δραστηριότητες.

Επιπλέον, η συμβολή τους σε ορισμένες δραστηριότητες αποδείχθηκε σημαντική. Αυτή η διάλεξη αποκαλύπτει, αναγνωρίζει και γιορτάζει την πολύπλοκη και ευρεία συμμετοχή τους στην ανάπτυξη της Αυστραλίας τα τελευταία διακόσια χρόνια.

Η φωτογράφος Effy Alexakis και ο ιστορικός Leonard Janiszewski ερευνούν την ελληνο-αυστραλιανή ιστορική και σύγχρονη παρουσία τόσο στην Αυστραλία όσο και στην Ελλάδα από το 1982. Το έργο και τα αρχεία τους, ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’, περιλαμβάνει οπτικό, προφορικό και λογοτεχνικό υλικό και εδρεύει στο Πανεπιστήμιο Macquarie του Σίδνεϊ. Το αρχείο τους είναι μία από τις σημαντικότερες συλλογές στη χώρα για τους Έλληνο-Αυστραλούς. Πραγματοποιήθηκαν διάφορες εθνικές και διεθνείς περιοδεύουσες εκθέσεις, τρία μεγάλα βιβλία, πάνω από 200 κεφάλαια βιβλίων, άρθρα, άρθρα συνεδρίων και τρία ντοκιμαντέρ. Τόσο η Αλεξάκη όσο και ο Janiszewski είναι ερευνητές στο Τμήμα Σύγχρονης Ιστορίας, Πολιτικής και Διεθνών Σχέσεων του Πανεπιστημίου Macquarie. Ο Janiszewski είναι επίσης επιμελητής της γκαλερί τέχνης του Πανεπιστημίου Macquarie. Η Αλεξάκη και ο Janiszewski έχουν υπηρετήσει σε πολυάριθμες επιτροπές ιστορίας και τέχνης.



Πότε: Πέμπτη, 27 Απριλίου 2017, 7:00μμ

Πού: Ελληνικό Κέντρο, (Mezzanine, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne)

Πληροφορίες: 9662 2722

Level 3, 168 Lonsdale St., Melbourne, Vic. 3000

Phone: +61 3 9662 2722

Email: info@greekcommunity.com.au, 

Website: greekcommunity.com.au

The popular Lukumades food truck gets a permanent home in West Melbourne

Greek Doughnuts, Souped Up

When you walk through the orange doors of the tiny Lukumades Greek-doughnut shop opposite Queen Victoria Market, you’ll smell deep-fried dough, melted chocolate and freshly brewed coffee.

“How would you like your balls today?” a member of the crew asks – it’s a drill fans of the Lukumades food truck are familiar with.

The truck’s loyal following (it launched in June last year) is the reason owner Exarhos Sourligas decided to open this West Melbourne storefront.

“Our customers wanted to buy our doughnuts any time, not just at festivals and events. They kept asking us to open a shop and eventually the time was right,” he says.

The colour palate and fit-out of the compact space (designed by Sydney-based Infinite Design) is the first hint Sourligas isn’t a traditionalist.

“My brief to the designer was Greek, but not too Greek,” he says. You won’t see any Santorini blues, or Grecian-inspired art. Similarly, the Greek doughnuts, known as loukoumades, aren’t typical of the version you’ll get in Greece, where they’re served with walnuts and honey syrup.

Sourligas spent two years perfecting his loukoumades recipe, trying out various flavours and toppings, and experimenting with different types of dough to get the right consistency and crunch.

Except for drinks, this is a doughnut-only menu. The Twix Fix comes with melted milk chocolate, crushed Twix, salted caramel and vanilla gelato. Let’s Jam is topped with peanut butter and jam. Oreo Balls come smothered in white chocolate, crushed Oreos and a generous scoop of cookies-and-cream gelato. And Grandma’s Pick is served with sour cherries and vanilla gelato.

You can enjoy your loukoumades inside the shop on a comfy, cushioned bench, or take your tray of golden dumplings to the seats outside in the cobblestone laneway.

83 Peel Street, West Melbourne

Mon to Fri 10am–10pm 

Sat & Sun 10am10pm

Vasilis Vasilas’ interview with Kostas Anagnostou about his Handmade Shoes at Hurlstone Park

Another Gem of a Shop

Vasilis recently interviewed Kostas Anagnostou about his business, Con’s Handmade Shoes. 

As Vasilis explains, ‘Kosta has an amazing skill, which is so rare today, for making shoes. No task or job scares Kosta! At one point, he was making boots for Movie World so he was making Wonder Woman’s boots! When Kosta told me of his incredible works, I was simply gobsmacked!’ 

Vasilis also loved being corrected by Kosta when he complimented Kosta as being one of the last shoe repairers. Kosta politely replied, ‘No, Vasili, I am not a shoe repairer; I am a shoe maker…’ 

Does this make Kosta the last shoe maker in Sydney?

Source: https://www.facebook.com/SYNDESMOS-CONNECTING-PEOPLE-FROM-LESVOS-393246219501/

Vasilis Vasilas’ interview with John Glynatsis, who runs Saltwater Seafoods at Revesby

As it was Good Friday recently, it is only fitting to highlight a Greek seafood shop, as it will be teeming with customers for fresh seafood. 

Vasilis recently interviewed John Glynatsis, who runs Saltwater Seafoods at Revesby, and his father, Nikitas, who owned Saltwater Seafoods in Maroubra in the 1990s and has worked in the seafood shop industry for three decades. 

Nikitas’ story captures the hardship of the migrant experience; as his parents, siblings and he migrated to Australia in 1964, it was long after they arrived here that his father became very ill and then tragedy struck when he passed away. 

Being the eldest son in the family, Nikitas worked very hard (and so many jobs) to help out his family, so his story is about courage. 

Nikitas’s story is also about hope and determination to overcome adversities, as he succeeded in all facets of life, whether having a wonderful family or running his own business. 

Vasilis highlights the importance of family when he visited Saltwater Seafoods. As he explains, ‘What I loved about being at John’s shop was the three generations of family there: there was John and his wife, Elizabeth; John’s parents, Nikitas and Anthoula, helping out; and, as it was school holidays, John and Elizabeth’s children were there too. 

It was wonderful to see the hard work and strong spirit a family puts into their work.’

Source: https://www.facebook.com/SYNDESMOS-CONNECTING-PEOPLE-FROM-LESVOS-393246219501/

Vasilis Vasilas’ interview with Georgiou family celebrating their 40th year of operation this year is Olympic Hardware in Lakemba

Celebrating their 40th year of operation this year is Olympic Hardware in Lakemba, run by the Georgiou family. Is there a more Greek name than ‘Olympic’? Tasos Georgiou named the shop after his beloved soccer team, Sydney Olympic, who started their NSL campaign that year too. 

Tasos and his son, Steliy, recount a great story about receiving correspondence from Australia’s Olympic Committee stating not to use the Olympic Games’ rings as a company logo as they were patented; they even had an issue with the name Olympic.

Tasos reaction was, ‘They can have the rings but who are they to tell me not to call my shop, Olympic- I am more Greek than them.’ 

Steliy has worked with his parents, Tasos and Georgia, ever since he finished high school in 1986, making this truly a great family business.  

After forty years, Tasos, Steliy and Georgia have acquired the invaluable experience and knowledge to provide a high-quality hands-on service to their customers- that’s what keeps them coming back!

We would like to wish Olympic Hardware a happy 40th and even happier returns.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/SYNDESMOS-CONNECTING-PEOPLE-FROM-LESVOS-393246219501/

VASSY Took Home the WDM Award for Best Electronic Vocalist

Singer, songwriter, and producer, VASSY, has recently been awarded the Best Electronic Vocalist at the World Dance Radio Awards (WDM). The World Dance Radio Awards took place on Wednesday, March 5, 2017 at the sold out Estadio Azteca in Mexico city where VASSY appeared alongside some of the biggest names in dance music; David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Nervo, Alan Walker and Cedric Gervais, in front of 100,000 exhilarated Mexican fans. It was no surprise to see VASSY’s infectious energy fuel the crowd, upholding the talented songstress’s reputation as the queen of EDM. Fans from all over the world voted for VASSY making her the first ever vocalist to win a WDM award as well as the only female solo artist to win at this year’s awards ceremony.

VASSY’s career rose into the spotlight in 2014 with her Multi-Platinum and 12 X worldwide Platinum collaboration “BAD,” with David Guetta and Showtek, which garnered her an IDMA award for Best Vocal Performance in 2015. VASSY proved to be a true triple threat when the following years she released her collaboration with Tiësto and Kshmr on the No. 1 electro-house Multi-Platinum single, “Secrets,” which met massive successes, adding more awards and platinum certifications under her belt. Since then, VASSY has been taking over festival arenas with Tiësto during his 2016 Ultra, Electric Zoo and Tomorrowland sets, proving she’s unstoppable. Her latest high-energy dance-floor solo record “Nothing To Lose,” co-produced by Tiësto, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts and on U.S. Dance Radio, as well as vaulted into the Top 10 of the Billboard Dance/Mix Show charts within the first three months of its release.

In addition to her hit dance collaborations, VASSY’s catchy lyrics and distinctive vocals have been featured in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, Target, Sketchers, Nike, and Pepsi commercials, as well as in Disney’s official trailer for Oscar-winning movie, Frozen, the film Admission starring Tina Fey, and television shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty and Pretty Little Liars. VASSY’s productions range across the musical spectrum; from dance to pop and reggae, while you can also enjoy her indie side on her latest acoustic album release, “VASSY Unplugged.”

Muli-Platinum and Gold recording artist of many talents, VASSY, knows how to individualize herself against the tide of followers. Originating from Australia with Greek heritage, VASSY’s vocal roots lie in an array of different genres. As a singer, songwriter, and producer, her music speaks for itself and her progressive popularity in dance music is massive. Conquering the DJ world with her authentic sound has lead to a worldwide No. 1 hit with David Guetta & Showtek on their track “BAD,” which is certified 7 times double platinum, as well as winning an IDMA Award for Best Featured Vocalist Performance in 2015. “BAD” has had over 600 million views on Youtube, downloaded 2 million times and streamed via Spotify over 280 million times. 

In 2015 she collaborated with Tiësto and KSHMR on their track, “Secrets,” hitting over 80 million Spotify plays and 130 million Youtube views. “Secrets” went straight to number 1 in 20 countries, reigned atop the Billboard Club Charts and Beatport charts, and earned an IDMA Award for Best Electro Progressive/House track in 2016. VASSY joined forces once again in 2016 with Tiësto on her #1 standalone hit single, “Nothing To Lose,” a high-energy dance-floor friendly masterpiece. Co-produced by the legendary Tiësto, this progressive house-gem is bound to fuel the urge to get up and dance. 

Filled with uplifting original lyrics and momentous energy, the record quickly hit No. 1 on U.S. Dance Radio, No.1 on the Billboard Dance Club charts, and vaulted into the Top 10 of the Billboard Dance/Mix show charts.

In addition to her success in dance music, VASSY’s songs have been featured everywhere including, Target, Nickelodeon, Sketchers, Victoria’s Secret, Pepsi commercials, Grey’s Anatomy, and even Disney’s Oscar-winning film, “Frozen,”. VASSY’s captivating voice is soulful and enchanting, and will lure you into any track she sings. 

The versatile artist has also ventured into indie-pop on her No. 1 Billboard Dance Club song “We Are Young,” channeling a vivacious tone that will put you in high spirits. VASSY’s effortless dexterity as both versatile singer and songwriter is undeniable.

Even with her music career taking flight, VASSY has always prioritized her philanthropic work with charity groups and civil rights organizations. She is an active equal-rights ambassador for the NOH8 campaign, a spokesperson for environmental organization Green IT, works with Studio Samuel Foundation helping girls in Ethiopia, and supports youth through Playground of Dreams. 

Be it through her music, volunteerism giving back to the communities, VASSY’s goal is to inspire people to fight for their dreams. Whether she’s singing, writing, or producing music, VASSY has an immensely credible portfolio to admire.

Greek Community Annual Anzac Day lecture by Tom Tsamouras and former NT Minister and MP Peter Toyne

Greek Community Annual Anzac Day lecture by Tom Tsamouras and former NT Minister and MP Peter Toyne. 

The Battle of Vevi and the Lost Anzacs. The Anzacs were reformed for the second and last time in history for the first Battle in Greece in WW2 facing the advancing Nazi military machine 76 years ago

The first action during the Second World War on Greek soil between the German and Hellenic forces was on the little village of Vevi in the municipality of Florina. 

This began on 11th April 1941 and marked the first of numerous clashes during which Hellenic and ANZAC forces fought side by side! After the “Battle of Vevi”, a small number of soldiers from the two Australian battalions that fought there, were reported missing in action and their bodies have never been found. 

Information by locals to Australian Brigadier Keith Rossi in 1981 about the possible grave site of these missing men has led to many people from Greece and Australia researching about the possible grave site of their remains. Tom Tsamouras, a school teacher from Newcastle and Peter Toyne, former MP from the NT, are two researches who have spent years trying to locate the resting place of these men.