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submitted by Sydney Morning Herald on 28.10.2013

The granddaddy of all milk bar shake-ups

After Emmanuel Benardos opened Bernie's Diner in Moss Vale in 1925, the governor-general popped in for a milkshake. He soon became a regular.

On the first weekend of March, 2013, Benardos' grandson, Ioannis, reopened Bernie's, part of a new local movement reinventing milk bars and diners. He serves the same milkshake his grandfather did. ''We've got the original syrup recipe, no preservatives, fresh ingredients and organic sugar,'' Benardos says.

Part of the new breed ...

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submitted by O Kosmos on 21.10.2013

Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra presents a tribute to Helen Zerefos OAM

O Kosmos. Thursday 25 August 2011, page 21

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Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra tribute.pdf

Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra Presents a tribute to Helen Zerefos
OAM, 8:00 pm on Saturday, 3 Sep 2011, at Sutherland Entertainment
Centre Eton Street, Sutherland. Conductor Sven Libaek will lead the orchestra ...

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submitted by Saint George Leader on 21.10.2013

Soprano Helen Zerefos hailed for charitable work

By Murray Trembath

St George Leader. July 13, 2012

It has been an amazing journey for performer Helen Zerefos.

As a teenager in the 1960s, she worked in her parents' Sylvania hamburger shop, now known as Paul's Famous Hamburgers, while singing on TV.

Today, the coloratura soprano, who still lives in that suburb, continues a hectic schedule of performances, many of them to raise funds for charity.

The NSW Parliament became ...

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 03.10.2013

A Greek Soldier is Buried

A Greek Soldier is Buried

(From “The Hillston Spectator and Lachlan Advertiser,” Thursday 21 June 1945)
We take the following from the Lithgow “Clarion” of 1st May 1945:-
“The funeral of late Mr. Simon Cordato, aged 65, of Main Street, Katoomba was held on Sunday afternoon. The service of the Greek Orthodox Church was held in St. Hilda’s Church of England by Rev. B. Christomes of Sydney.
Almost one hundred of the Greek Community were present, and followed ...

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submitted by Australian Financial Review on 01.10.2013

To Draw is to See. Article in,

The Australian Financial Review Magazine. pp. 48-52.

October Magazine. Friday 27th October, 2013

Drawing is a crucial tool in an architect’s kit, but it’s use goes way beyond drafting building plans. Six (prominent Australian) architects tell Katrina Strickland when and where they sketch – and how much it means to them.

One of the 6 Australian architects chosen to comment was Kytherian architect.....

Eva-Marie Prineas

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 28.09.2013

Alexander Spyridon Phacheas (Fatseas)

Alexander Spyridon Fatseas (ΦΑΤΣΕΑΣ)
‘and thereby hangs a tale’ or two.
(apologies to William Shakespeare and Jeffrey Archer)

Born Fatsadika Kythera, Greece, 5 May 1888.
Alexander Phacheas (ΦΑΤΣΕΑΣ) arrived at Fremantle Western Australia as ‘Phacheas,’ together with uncles, John (Ioannes), George and Peter (Panayiotis) aboard NDL Fredrich der Grosse, 27 December, 1901.

John Phacheas was accompanied by his wife, Marie (nee Pasquale) ...

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submitted by George N Leontsinis on 29.06.2013

Γεώργιος Ν. Λεοντσίνης

Ο Γεώργιος Ν. Λεοντσίνης είναι Ομότιμος Καθηγητής του Εθνικού και Καποδιστριακού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών. Γεννήθηκε στα Κύθηρα. Είναι έγγαμος με την Καθηγήτρια Φιλοσοφίας του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών Αθανασία-Ευαγγελία Γλυκοφρύδη και έχουν αποκτήσει δύο κόρες, την Ελένη και τη ...

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submitted by Neos Kosmos, Melbourne on 19.06.2013

Humble beginnings paved the way for Greek Australian Fashion Star Nikki Poulos

Neos Kosmos, 31 May 2013


Daydream believer

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Bold and bright: Nikki Poulos' (seated) signature style.
Photo: HSN.

"There is a certain free-spirited and organic nature in my creative process which believe is a reflection of my Greekness."

Greek Australian fashion designer Nikki Poulos shot to fame after appearing in the first season of US hit reality ...

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submitted by Kytherian Newsflash on 21.05.2013

Angelo and John Notaras of Atom Industries are awarded another two gold medals at the

Salon international des inventions de Genève - the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva.

This year the Exhibition was held from the 10th April 2013 until the 14th April 2013.

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Photograph: Angelo Notaras demonstrating the capabilities of a previous award winning hand held implement.

Each Gold Medal won by Atom Industries was ...

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submitted by Lafcadio Hearn Files on 06.05.2013

Masaaki Noda. It was through Takis Efstathiou that he became involved with Lafcadio Hearn.

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The Spirit of Hermes sculpture at the Art Forum Gallery in Thessaloniki

Masaaki first met Lafcadio Hearn's grandson, Bon Koizumi at the Matsue Muesum, in Japan on July 5th 1996.

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Masaaki Noda, Takis Efstathiou and Bon Koizumi, matsue Museum, 1996

Takis Efstathiou ...

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submitted by Courier Mail, Brisbane on 13.04.2013

Our Greeks have kin on Kythera

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Courier-Mail 8th June, 1972, page 2

Alan Underwood, who has just visited Greece on the inaugural Sydney-Athens flight of Olympic Airways, found an island that seemed largely populated with relatives of Queensland Greeks…

Alex Freeleagus, Greece's Aussie-born Consul in Queensland — might have told me before we landed on the Island of Kythera. This lonely, 14-miles-long mass of ...

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submitted by Lafcadio Hearn Files on 09.04.2013

Masaaki Noda.

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Artistic Resume

1949 - Born, Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan

1969 -1972 - Osaka University of Arts, Osaka
1977- Left Japan for New York City
1977-1980 - The Art Students League of New York

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

1982 - ACWLP Gallery, New York, NY - Kew Gallery, New York, NY
1982, 1985 - Miriam Per Iman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1984, 1985 ...

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submitted by Lafcadio Hearn Files on 05.04.2013

Takis Efstathiou. Art Collector.

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Τακης Ευσαθιου

Συλλεκτης Εργων Τεχνης

Download the full article, (in Greek) as a .pdf here:

Hearn Takis Efsathiou Art Collector.pdf

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submitted by Kiriaki Orfanos on 05.04.2013

Mr. Ioannis Hlentzos

Mr. Ioannis Hlentzos/Chlentzos

Mr. Ioannis Hlentzos was a chef who lived and worked for Theodore Mavrommattes in the New York Cafe, Nowra, until 1966. Prior to that he had worked for Theodore Pascalis and Ioannis Polyzois in the Spot Cafe in Wollongong. He was the son of George Chlentzos and Stamatiki Kyriakos Combis. His four siblings were Theodore, Vasiliki, Theano and Zoe Skiadas. I don’t have any other details about him at present, but if anyone reading this story can tell me ...

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submitted by John Sourrys on 27.03.2013

Greek and Kytherian fighting folklore

Did you ever hear of a Peter Potiri from Kythera? Here is a bit of folk lore. A Ron Cann from Hughenden had a rep as a fighter and he offered (to fight) Peter outside at the Grand Hotel. Everybody felt sorry for the poor Greek. They reckoned he was on a hiding to nothing. Peter however could fight. He was very quick with both his fists and his footwork. He gave Ron Cann a beating. The shearers used to treat Peter warily after that.

My father told the story of a Greek who came out ...

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submitted by Herbert River Express on 05.02.2013

Montana Lower has received national recognition for excellence in a range of fields

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Sky’s the limit for Montana

Download a copy of the Herbert River Express article here:

Montana Lower Full article.pdf

Former Ingham State High School student Montana Lower is still beaming after winning the school’s 2012 Caltex Best All Rounder Award, one of Australia’s most prestigious secondary school prizes.

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submitted by George N Leontsinis on 20.01.2013

Celebration of the Life and Work of Professor Manuel Aroney

Delivered at the 11th Biennial Conference of the Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand .

It is with great pleasure that I participate in the 11th Biennial Conference of the Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand. I would like to express my thanks to the Conference organizing committee, and especially Professor Vrasidas Karalis, for inviting ...

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submitted by Lafcadio Hearn Files on 16.12.2012

Λευκάδιος Χερν – Ο ελληνοϊρλανδός συγγραφέας των τριών ηπείρων

Η Ευρώπη τον εγέννησε, η Ασία τον εδημιούργησε ως λογοτέχνη περιωπής και η Αμερική τον ανέδειξε


Levkathitika Nea

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From a photograph taken of Lafcadio Hearn, 1889

ΓΙΟΣ ΙΡΛΑΝΔΟΥ, ενός στρατιωτικού γιατρού που υπηρετούσε ...

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submitted by The Age, Melbourne on 14.12.2012

To Crete with love: a thank-you for bonds forged in war

The Age, Melbourne, December 14, 2012

Annabel Ross


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Leslie Manning, 99, meets Glenda Hume, the daughter of Aboriginal Digger Reg Saunders. The two men fought together in Crete. Photo: Joe Armao

''I'VE GOT a lot of kisses for this man,'' says Glenda Hume, planting another one on Leslie Manning's cheek. Ms Hume is the ...

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submitted by The Age, Melbourne on 09.12.2012

In the footsteps of our father

The Age, November 20, 2010

Mike Sweet

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"I wanted to ring that bell to let him know we're here." GLENDA HUMES, eldest living daughter of Reg Saunders.

Last month, the family of Australia's most celebrated Aboriginal soldier travelled to Greece to walk in his footsteps.

AS THE European ...