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Chrysoula Heisler reflects on six decades of volunteering and Greek heritage

Chrysoula Heisler (née Vatsilas) welcomes me with a warm smile in front of her colourful garden at her Glenside home. She has loved Aussie gardens since the day she set …

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Women’s Community Shelter to expand crisis accommodation in Melbourne’s East

Women escaping domestic and family violence are increasingly becoming homeless, while support services struggle to meet the rising demand. According to the the the 2022-23 annual report from the government …

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Maria, the woman that gave birth while the Turks dropped bombs around her

Maria Christodoulou, experienced the terror of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in the summer of 1974. Her story, is filled with sorrow and paints a vivid picture of destruction and …

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Laura Kane: How a little footy loving Greek girl became AFL GM

If there was one thing the current general manager of football at the AFL Laura Kane has always had a love for, it’s footy. When she was little her typical …

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Never Forget: A story about Cyprus and resilience

This year marks 50 years since the invasion of my beautiful island home of Cyprus. It was on my 1st birthday, the 20th July 1974 when Turkish forces invaded Cyprus …

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Tom Koutsantonis – an unyielding and pragmatic driver of South Australia’s transformation

Tom Koutsantonis’s office in Pirie St is open, light, yet Spartan – it reeks of utility and focus. “Your time in government is limited,” says the Minister for Infrastructure and …

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Hellenic heartbeat in Cuba

We all hear about Fidel Castro, the Buena Vista Social Club, I saw the band play in London, the Cadillacs and the salsa dancing, even with two left feet it’s …

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Echoes of Byzantium: An Indian philhellene navigates Constantinople’s complex cultural history

As a philhellene deeply immersed in Greek and Byzantine culture and history, my recent visit to Constantinople (Istanbul) stirred a profound sense of déjà vu. The sight of the Greek …

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How Greece overcame the “group of death” to lift the Euro trophy in Portugal 20 years ago

It was a football triumph like no other! The ultimate underdogs managed to lift the trophy. This was Greece’s achievement back in 2004 when its national team was crowned European …

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A dashing centre forward – The Lemnos story of Anzac footballer Private James Edge

Many of us who love the World Game will be enjoying the current EURO competition and looking forward to the football component of the coming Paris Olympics, especially the participation …

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