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Memories and Legacies

Sydney, 26 October 2011: The last days of October are marked by two significant anniversaries for Australian Hellenism. The Australian Hellenic Council (NSW) will be marking both anniversaries with a special event at the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park, on Thursday evening.

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Senator Xenophon paves the way for Genocide recognition in Australia

In a powerful speech delivered on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday 12 October, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon (South Australia) reaffirmed the historical reality of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Genocides, paving the way for the Senate to officially recognise these crimes against humanity..

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Historic event at Lamia Barracks

In every sense, the event at Lamia Barracks on Friday, September 16, was historic. It was the first time that our community held an event at the camp with so many close ties with Hellenism.

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AHC celebrates World Humanitarian Day

In an effort to raise public awareness of humanitarian assistance worldwide and the people who risk their lives in order to provide it, the United Nations’ General Assembly has designated 19 August as World Humanitarian Day. This year’s campaign ‘People Helping People’ is about inspiring the spirit of aid work in everyone.

PHOTO: Australians supporting survivors of the Hellenic, Armenian and Assyrian Genocides. Advertisement for donations to the Save the Children Fund in The Argus newspaper (Melbourne) 15 December 1923, page 13

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AHC (NSW) Calendar ‘a window into a forgotten past’

As part of the commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the 1940-41 Greek Campaign, the Australian Hellenic Council (NSW) has produced a commemorative desk calendar.


AHC meets with Education Minister Peter Garrett

Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, the Hon. Peter Garrett AM MP received a delegation of the AHC (NSW) in his electorate office. The meeting revolved around the community’s response to the Australian Curriculum – Languages.

The Member for Kingsford-Smith met with Associate Professor Vrasidas Karalis (The University of Sydney), Australian Hellenic Educators’ Association President Dr Panayiotis Diamadis, AHC (NSW) Coordinator George Vellis and AHC (NSW) Secretary Mary Giannisis.

Download the full Press Release | Article in O Kosmos 7.6.2011

Armenian Parliament Calls for Recognition of Hellenic Genocide

The Parliament of the Republic of Armenia has called upon the world’s national legislative bodies to adopt resolutions recognising and condemning the genocides of the Armenians, Hellenes and Assyrians perpetrated by Ottoman and Republican Turkey between 1914 and 1924.

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ANZAC Day and Hellenism

Today Australians all around the world mark their unofficial national day. Today we remember all those who served in defence of Australia and its allies, in time of war and of peace. As Australian Hellenes, it is our fourth national day, of equal importance to 25 March (Independence Day), 28 October (OHI Day) and 26 January (Australia Day).

Download the full Press Release | Article in O Kosmos 28.4.2011

AHC (NSW) leads 'Pilgrimage to Picton' in honour of Greek-Australian pioneer

On a cool, sun-kissed morning, the Australian Hellenic Council (NSW) held its inaugural “Pilgrimage to Picton” today. Led in prayer by Fr. Chris Vergos of St Raphael Orthodox Church Liverpool, a trisayio (memorial prayer service) was held over the final resting place of Antonis Manolis, one of the first two Hellenes to settle in Australia.

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Anzac Day Posters Focuses on 1941 Greek Campaign

Every year, Australia’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs produces Anzac Day posters commemorating a particular theme or anniversary. This year’s posters focus on the 70th anniversary of the Greek Campaign.

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Victory for Hellenic Education in Australia

With its announcement of Monday 31 January, the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), has officially confirmed that Modern Greek is included as one of eleven languages to be promoted in Australian schools under the Australian Curriculum – Languages.

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