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A Greek mother’s love saves son from addiction

Thirty-nine-year-old Michael Alder Ioannou slowly watched his life slipping away, he risked his health and saw his career freefall to destruction, yet nothing could sway him away from the addictive …

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‘Heterotopia: The Promised Land’ at Head On

Head On is Australia’s biggest, and one of the world’s most prestigious, photography festivals and it has returned to Sydney with over 100 exhibitions at several venues showcasing the works …

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When hell came to the Olympus Pass

Driving up from Katerini to the village of Agios Dimitrios along the Olympus Pass the road winds through wooded hills. On the coastal plains it is warm and sunny but …

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How to turn wine-lovers into ambassadors of Greek culture

Marianna Sigala is passionate about wine. This is partly due to her background and family roots in Santorini, one of Greece’s signature wine-producing areas. But these days it has more …

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‘Thank you, mother’: a story of migration and creating a meaningful life in the lucky country

Our darling mum Efstathia (Effie) Spiropoulos was born in 1920, just after World War I and in the midst of the Greco-Turkish War. My grandparents were landowners and were able …

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Freedom from the Ottomans: Koinon of the Zagorisians

Inaccessible mountains and rugged terrain, that is the way to look at Zagori. I have never been here myself, as a 1,200-metre climb to reach the capital, at my age, …

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A hero of Kalamata: Red Cliffs Captain Albert Gray

It was an honour for me this year to participate again in the annual Battle of Kalamata commemorative service as a representative of Melbourne’s Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative …

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Right on time for Mother’s Day, Multicultural Museums Victoria is putting a spotlight on the wide range of roles that grandmothers play within the multicultural family and community

In an Australian first, Multicultural Museums Victoria (MMV) – an alliance between the Chinese, Italian, Greek, Islamic, and Jewish museums in Melbourne – presents ‘Grandmothers’, a unique and ground-breaking project, …

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Dowry agreements in Australia

Although today the word ‘dowry’ means little, if anything, to new generations of Greek Australians and the western world, prior to this century, particularly during the 1900s, a prenuptial dowry …

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‘I wrote about the Social Security Scandal to bring justice to the victims and present the truth’

This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of the darkest pages in the history of Greeks in Australia; the ‘Social Security Scandal’. On 1 April 1978, the then Commonwealth …