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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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Multicultural Museums Victoria shines spotlight on the role of grandmothers within the 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 …

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An Australian sun shined on Anzac Day in Athens

Anzac Day morning in Athens this year opened with a clear and brilliant sunny day. It reminded me of the comments of the Australian soldiers who came to the city …

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Lemnos Gallipoli Heritage Trail announced

This week saw the announcement of the creation of the Lemnos Gallipoli Heritage Trail on the northern Aegean island of Lemnos. The announcement was made by Melbourne’s Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative …