The second of an exciting six-part seminar series takes place at the Greek Centre on Wednesday with the presentation of Christos N. Fifis’ talk, titled “The Politics of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), 1928-1959”.

The talk focuses on the history of the community in Melbourne from its inception in 1897 to represent the Greek settlers n Melbourne and Vicoria and provide them with services. Internal and external strife, divisions and disputes were not uncommon and the GOCMV experienced some dire times of strife and divisions in the period between 1928 and 1959 due to internal and parochial antagonism, political disagreement and disputes with the Church authorities which often deteriorated its ability to perform its role.

Mr Fifis, a former senior lecturer in Modern Greek Studies at La Trobe, writer, broadcaster and prominent member of the community will highlight the development of the Greek diaspora at a crucial time in its history.

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The seminar series is offered by La Trobe University’s Greek Studies and the Dardalis Archives of the Hellenic Diaspora in conjunction with the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria. Other talks worth watching out for include:

* Wednesday, 21 August: Konstandina Dounis: “A parallel Universe: Growing up ‘Greek’ in the 50s and 60s”
* Wednesday, 18 September: Dimitri Gonis: “Three Greek pioneers: Mick Adams, Vlase Zanalis and harry Corones”
* Wednesday, 9 October: Peter Yiannoudes (in Greek): The History of Greek Cinema in Australia”
* Wednesday, 6 November: Dr Toula Nicolacopoulos and Dr George Vassilacopoulo: “Post-60s Greek-Australian Youth Activism”

READ MORE: Christos Fifis and the first Greek Community of Australia

The Greek Centre is at 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.