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submitted by Kytherian Obituaries on 26.10.2013

Evangelia Poulos (nee) Coroneos

Evangelia’s Story

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Evangelia Poulos (nee Coroneos) was born on 23 April 1928 on the Greek island of Kythera, the third child of a poor peasant family of seven. Her parents Triantafilos and Georgia lived traditionally off the land raising the family; Theodosios, Stamatoula, Evangalia, Elene, Nikos, Manoli and Stavroula. Kythera is the last of the seven Ioanian islands located under the Peloponnese and is famous for being the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love & beauty. It is an island steeped in history and charm. It has seen ancient settlements and temples to the gods, is mentioned in Homer’s Iliad, traders regularly passed and sought its produce including the molluscs found off its waters which yielded purple dye used by ancient royalty. Christianity came to its shores in the fourth century and the island now prides itself on having 30 churches, 300 chapels, 30 cemetery churches, and 4 monasteries! Put together with the fact that Kythera over the ages has been raided by pirates, became a Venetian possession, was seized by the Turkish, French, Russians and British and was occupied by both the Italians and the Germans during World War II, Angela grew up in the shadows of history.

Her life on the island was hard and with her family, they worked various plots of land to make ends meet. Her father, was a long-standing the mayor of Karava, a picturesque village known for its local springs and views, as its farmlands are terraced. Evangelia’s education only lasted until 5th class, having to work the fields with her brothers and sisters. One time she fell from a donkey and with her foot stuck in the stirrups, was dragged for some distance before being freed. During the war, when Evangelia was 15 years old, tragedy struck when her mother died in childbirth. The war years were devastating for Greece. The occupying forces took all the produce for their war effort and left the locals to starve. Many people died from lack of food and it always amazed Evangelia when she first came to Australia and worked in a café how the customers left food on their plates! By the end of the war, with the island devastated, many Kytherians left for lands of opportunity.

Kythera has been called “Kangaroo” island as so many of its sons and daughters ended up coming in the years of mass immigration to Australia. Evangelia flew to Australia in 1949 due to her Aunty, who provided money for her airfare. The airfare was a whopping £300 and the journey took several days stopping at various airports along the way. Evangelia described how the passengers would have to sit around and hold a bar when they took off and landed; no seatbelts then!

In her youth, many young men could see that Evangelia was touched by Aphrodite; she had a warm smile, long wavy locks of brown hair and beautiful brown eyes. She came to marry Con Poulos when she was 23 years old in 1951. He also came from Karava – her hometown and as a merchant seaman, had got off the boat in Adelaide in 1949 to look up his brothers who were already in country NSW. Many Greeks set up small businesses in country areas and the newlyweds settled in Gilgandra, in central western New South Wales, and raised a family. Con ran a mixed business known for his fresh fruit and vegetables, his range of milkshakes and fresh fruit juices. Evangelia had five children; George, Olympia, Peter, Phillip and Eric. Sadly, her darling daughter, Olympia, died of pneumonia when only six months old. She had taken her to the doctor on several occasions and one can only speculate that the language barrier may have been a factor in not preventing her daughter’s death. She had once said about losing her daughter: “The way I felt was that she belonged to God and God had taken her back. They say that babies are like angels and she was an angel called back by God. So many tears I cried for both my beautiful daughter and for my mother.”

Across the road from where she lived in Gilgandra, the town built on farming from wheat and sheep, with its weather of extremes, Evangelia befriended a woman called Lorna who also experienced tragedy. Lorna’s father had been burnt to death in a bushfire. She had helped pull his charred remains out of the dam. They remained friends for life and always stayed in touch even when eventually both left Gilgandra to live elsewhere.

Family meant everything to Evangelia. She loved all her children and her daughters-in-law; Lorraine, Lyn and Elizabeth and loved to see them, especially when the grandchildren came along. Evangelia has 7 grandchildren; Angelique, Dean, Gabriella, Nicholas, Anna, Isabella and Sebastian, and particularly loved to spoil them with gifts as they were growing up. Evangelia also loved to cook and to garden. She had quite a green thumb growing a wide range of flowers including roses, gladiolas, dahlias, zinnias, pansies and anything that was colourful. Often people would call in and ask for flowers from her garden. Her hosting skills were legendary, as when people arrived unexpectedly, she could go to the fridge and whip up a three course meal in no time. She loved going to church and the closest Greek Orthodox Church to Gilgandra was in Dubbo and was called "The Lady of Myrtles" (Panagia Myrtidiotissa) – named after a monastery on Kythera. Evangelia kept many icons in the Orthodox tradition as they are reminders of her underlying faith. Evangelia was Godmother to two lovely girls, her niece Georgia and Sophie from Dubbo. At Christmas and Easter she would often host her brothers' and sisters’ families, cooking many delightful dishes. As it worked out, over the years, her three sisters and her three brothers all came to Australia, so she had plenty of family around her. In 1972, with the children growing up, Evangelia and Con came to Sydney after Con sold the business. There would be more opportunities for the children in “the big smoke”. She lived in Greystanes all her years in Sydney enjoying the area and making lots of friends, especially at the local shops and clubs, until she went into care.

Evangelia also loved to travel. When her eldest son George was 20 he had gone to New Zealand and worked in various places but was not at a fixed address. Evangelia came home with a 21st birthday cake and an air ticket, and announced to the rest of the family that she was going over to celebrate his impending birthday. Arriving in Auckland, she managed to get onto the front page of the Auckland Star and they were reunited in time to celebrate George’s birthday. Evangelia on several occasions went back to Greece to visit, doing a cruise and visiting several of the islands, including Tinos, an island loved due to its very special Cathedral. On another trip she accompanied her niece to China and came back with many presents for the family.

Her sense of humour and social nature were infectious and often she would have people breaking into fits of laughter with her stories. Evangelia spent the last several years of her life at Ashburn House in Gladesville where the staff lovingly cared for her. She died peacefully on 19 October 2013.


As told by her son Eric Poulos

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submitted by Kytherian Biographies Project on 21.10.2013

Helen Zerfos - one of "the faces of Sutherland Shire"

In 2006, the Sutherland Shire (in Sydney) celebrated its centenary. To mark the occasion, many events were planned. The first of these showcased one hundred people who had “made an important contribution to the Shire over the one hundred years and who have had a significant impact on the lives of others.” Helen, a resident for many years, was among the chosen one hundred. “The Faces of the Shire” was displayed on specially produced billboards in a roving exhibition which toured the Shire throughout the year.

Helen Zerefos OAm

Biographical notes by
John Love
Historian and Theatre Consultant
Kurrajong Heights NSW Australia

Helen Zerefos is a coloratura soprano of rare charm and beauty whose versatility spans the widest gamut of show business performance. From the stage to television to nightclubs, concerts and recordings, her talents have been applauded and revered.

It is Helen’s wide vocal range that makes this all possible with an extraordinary repertoire of music that is evident in her recordings which encompass material from the technical brilliance of Mozart’s “Alleluja” to the gentle country song, “When I Dream.” She is a unique talent in the world of entertainment, combining the experience and dignity of the great classics through to the better contemporary music, imbuing all this with her sparkling personality.

Helen was born in Scone, New South Wales, Australia, of Greek parents. Both of her parents were born in Greece, her father, Paul Zerefos, came from Neapolis Vion, Laconia and her mother, Katina Andronicos Zerefos from Avlemonas, Kythera.

From an early age, Helen studied piano and showed vocal promise for an operatic career. She was Dux of her school and had aspirations towards medicine and architecture. Although proud of her musical ability, her parents were very disappointed when she chose a theatrical career. Her mother insisted she learn something practical to fall back on if necessary, so Helen gained a diploma in fashion and now designs the fabulous gowns which have become legendary for her stage appearances.

At a time when musical extravaganzas were tops on television, she was chosen to be a founding member of the marvellous singing and dancing group the “Revue 20” on the ATN Channel 7 network. The Revue 20 featured weekly on the top national TV variety show, “Revue 61” and then “Revue 62,” which swept the ratings and went to air Sunday nights at 8pm. Brilliant Canadian Peter MacFarlane, from MCA (Music Corporation of America) was brought to Australia as producer - director of “Revue 61” and “Revue 62.” These shows, under the iron fist and creative genius of Peter MacFarlane were never equalled for excellence on Australian television and were hosted by the incomparable Digby Wolfe.

The invaluable experience of singing and dancing on the top show in the country under the watchful eye of this great director was the best possible start to a future career. The Revue 20 became the backbone of all major shows produced by Channel 7. Before Peter MacFarlane left after eighteen months in Australia, he took Helen and tenor John Serge aside and advised them that to further their careers, they must leave Australia and offered to help by getting them onto the US television scene via Canada.

Sadly, soon after, Peter MacFarlane drowned in Canada while filming a documentary. John Serge went to England and the continent, where he had an illustrious career in opera. Helen stayed in Australia.

Emerging from three fabulous years at Channel 7, Helen went on to appear in other series, including a year with Bobby Limb’s “Sound of Music” at TCN Channel 9. During this time, Helen won the prestigious Miller’s, BMC (British Motor Corporation), Qantas Search for a Star Quest. The prizes included first class Qantas travel around the world, a car and singing contracts.

During 1965, Helen and brother Bill Zerefos embarked on the world trip she had won. After five months of many wonderful highlights, one of which was meeting Elvis Presley at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, they returned home.

There were many appearances on all major TV shows too numerous to name. Helen appeared in
over 600 television shows.

In 1967 after starring in theatre for American producer Bret Adams in “The Music Man” with Australian showbiz legend, Ted Hamilton, plus “The King and I,” Bret urged her to go to the United States as he felt she was a natural for the Broadway stage. However, an offer from the Channel 10 network to star in the television series, “ Barry Crocker’s Say It With Music” was accepted, which kept Helen in Australia. This very happy experience lasted for nearly three years.

Although there were offers of overseas engagements, her marriage in 1971 to leading private investigator, Raymond Millanta and “strong family commitments,” forced her to dispel any thoughts of working overseas.

Among Helen’s other stage shows were starring roles in: “Song of Norway,” “Showboat,” “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Evening in Paris,” “From Russia With Love,” “Aspects of Love” at the Old Tote Theatre, “Roman Holiday,” “Europe by Night,” and “The Andrew Lloyd Webber Song Book”

Helen’s father, Paul Zerefos, died suddenly in 1981. Her mother Katina never recovered from that shock and soon began to suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease.

1981 – 1982 saw Helen compering the television show, “Let’s Go Greek Endaxi,” for the Channel 10 network.

On her travels over the years, Helen had amassed a large and magnificent collection of beautiful fabrics which were richly embroidered and jewelled. Realising there was more than she could ever possibly wear herself, she decided to utilise her collection of fabrics and her fashion diploma skills and create her own fashion label of special occasion wear. So, in 1984, her label “Helen Zerefos Special Occasion,” was launched with her good friend, Eileen Herbert.

After a very successful year of designing and producing special occasion wear accompanied by the excitement of fashion parades, Helen decided that the rag trade was not worth the temperamental tantrums and hassles of some of those associated with that industry. She decided to devote her talents to the relative sanity of show business and the joy of performing beautiful music.

In the meantime, her beloved mother Katina had deteriorated quickly to such a degree that she was helpless and needed constant attention. Helen was her primary carer for ten years.

In 1986 Helen appeared in the Royal Gala Concert at the Sydney Entertainment Centre for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip – Helen was so sad that her mother was not able to comprehend and be present at such an auspicious occasion.

The situation of caring for her dear mother, who passed away in 1992, had caused Helen to decline numerous concert offers from overseas during those years. Soon after her mother passed away, her husband, Raymond, was diagnosed with cancer which further curtailed any thoughts of taking any of the overseas engagements offered, as she continued her role of primary carer.

Helen was awarded an OAM (a Medal in the Order of Australia) in 1996, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for her services to charity and fund raising for Alzheimer’s research. Helen has supported research into Alzheimer’s disease for many years having nursed her mother Katina for ten years and knowing full well the horrors of that dreaded illness.

Helen supports many causes and is Patron of Professor Tony Broe’s Ageing Research Centre at NeuroScience Research Australia in Randwick (Sydney) where research into Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons disease is conducted. Helen has supported Professor Broe’s research for over twenty years with fundraising concerts, sale of her CDs, talks to community groups (Rotary, Lions, View, Probus Clubs etc) and generally raising awareness through her work. For further information telephone Mrs Sandra Forster, Executive Officer of the Ageing Research Centre, at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Sydney, on (02) 9382 4259 or email: Sandra Forster

Amidst her busy schedule, Helen makes appearances at Mike Walsh’s Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace at Cremorne, Sydney, one of the most exquisitely restored theatres in the world, working with world acclaimed theatre organist, Maestro Neil Jensen, at the Wurlitzer organ.

In the year 2000, Helen represented Australia in a concert at the Shanghai Grand Opera Theatre in Shanghai, China, celebrating its opening. The concert was a live telecast to two billion people!

Helen’s husband of 31 years, Raymond Millanta, passed away in 2002 after a lengthy debilitating illness – again Helen had been the primary carer. In all, Helen was primary carer for members of her family for twenty years.

Helen was devastated by the loss of her beloved younger sister Bubsie (Florence) who passed away with breast cancer in May 2004.

On 4 June 2004, Helen was selected to be a torchbearer in Sydney in the ATHENS 2004 OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY. She was nominated by her dear friend, Sandra Forster, of the Ageing Research Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital. Helen was honoured to be representing Australia for a brief moment on the world stage and also thrilled to be celebrating her Greek heritage.

Her busy schedule also included an engagement to perform two classical concerts on the Japanese luxury liner, “Pacific Venus,” while cruising the Pacific in 2005. (There were two typhoons in the area at the time.)

In 2006, the Sutherland Shire (in Sydney) celebrated its centenary. To mark the occasion, many events were planned. The first of these showcased one hundred people who had “made an important contribution to the Shire over the one hundred years and who have had a significant impact on the lives of others.” Helen, a resident for many years, was among the chosen one hundred. “The Faces of the Shire” was displayed on specially produced billboards in a roving exhibition which toured the Shire throughout the year.

In 2007, at the 31st Australian Entertainment “Mo” Awards, Helen was presented with a “Mo” Award for the best Classical and Opera Performer.

In 2009, at the 33 rd Australian Entertainment “Mo” Awards, Helen was presented with the John Campbell Fellowship Award.

3rd September 2011 the Sutherland Shire Council honoured Helen with a 50th anniversary (as a professional singer) tribute concert at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre, where she was accompanied by the Sutherland Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sven Libaek.

Between her professional singing engagements, Helen continues to be a sought after speaker to service groups raising awareness for Alzheimer research.

Helen has recorded many times and her three available CD’s are: “Million Dollar Melodies” accompanied by the Sydney International Orchestra conducted by Maestro Tommy Tycho AM, MBE. “Love and Music” accompanied by Maestro Robert Goode at the Sydney Town Hall Grand Organ “Friends for Life” accompanied and orchestrated by Maestro Steven Isoardi

--- John Love

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submitted by Kytherian Biographies Project on 21.10.2013

Helen Zerefos OAM

Biographical notes by
John Love
Historian and Theatre Consultant
Kurrajong Heights NSW Australia

Helen Zerefos is a coloratura soprano of rare charm and beauty whose versatility spans the widest gamut of show business performance. From the stage to television to nightclubs, concerts and recordings, her talents have been applauded and revered.

It is Helen’s wide vocal range that makes this all possible with an extraordinary repertoire of music that is evident in her recordings which encompass material from the technical brilliance of Mozart’s “Alleluja” to the gentle country song, “When I Dream.” She is a unique talent in the world of entertainment, combining the experience and dignity of the great classics through to the better contemporary music, imbuing all this with her sparkling personality.

Helen was born in Scone, New South Wales, Australia, of Greek parents. Both of her parents were born in Greece, her father, Paul Zerefos, came from Neapolis Vion, Laconia and her mother, Katina Andronicos Zerefos from Avlemonas, Kythera.

From an early age, Helen studied piano and showed vocal promise for an operatic career. She was Dux of her school and had aspirations towards medicine and architecture. Although proud of her musical ability, her parents were very disappointed when she chose a theatrical career. Her mother insisted she learn something practical to fall back on if necessary, so Helen gained a diploma in fashion and now designs the fabulous gowns which have become legendary for her stage appearances.

At a time when musical extravaganzas were tops on television, she was chosen to be a founding member of the marvellous singing and dancing group the “Revue 20” on the ATN Channel 7 network. The Revue 20 featured weekly on the top national TV variety show, “Revue 61” and then “Revue 62,” which swept the ratings and went to air Sunday nights at 8pm. Brilliant Canadian Peter MacFarlane, from MCA (Music Corporation of America) was brought to Australia as producer - director of “Revue 61” and “Revue 62.” These shows, under the iron fist and creative genius of Peter MacFarlane were never equalled for excellence on Australian television and were hosted by the incomparable Digby Wolfe.

The invaluable experience of singing and dancing on the top show in the country under the watchful eye of this great director was the best possible start to a future career. The Revue 20 became the backbone of all major shows produced by Channel 7. Before Peter MacFarlane left after eighteen months in Australia, he took Helen and tenor John Serge aside and advised them that to further their careers, they must leave Australia and offered to help by getting them onto the US television scene via Canada.

Sadly, soon after, Peter MacFarlane drowned in Canada while filming a documentary. John Serge went to England and the continent, where he had an illustrious career in opera. Helen stayed in Australia.

Emerging from three fabulous years at Channel 7, Helen went on to appear in other series, including a year with Bobby Limb’s “Sound of Music” at TCN Channel 9. During this time, Helen won the prestigious Miller’s, BMC (British Motor Corporation), Qantas Search for a Star Quest. The prizes included first class Qantas travel around the world, a car and singing contracts.

During 1965, Helen and brother Bill Zerefos embarked on the world trip she had won. After five months of many wonderful highlights, one of which was meeting Elvis Presley at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, they returned home.

There were many appearances on all major TV shows too numerous to name. Helen appeared in
over 600 television shows.

In 1967 after starring in theatre for American producer Bret Adams in “The Music Man” with Australian showbiz legend, Ted Hamilton, plus “The King and I,” Bret urged her to go to the United States as he felt she was a natural for the Broadway stage. However, an offer from the Channel 10 network to star in the television series, “ Barry Crocker’s Say It With Music” was accepted, which kept Helen in Australia. This very happy experience lasted for nearly three years.

Although there were offers of overseas engagements, her marriage in 1971 to leading private investigator, Raymond Millanta and “strong family commitments,” forced her to dispel any thoughts of working overseas.

Among Helen’s other stage shows were starring roles in: “Song of Norway,” “Showboat,” “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Evening in Paris,” “From Russia With Love,” “Aspects of Love” at the Old Tote Theatre, “Roman Holiday,” “Europe by Night,” and “The Andrew Lloyd Webber Song Book”

Helen’s father, Paul Zerefos, died suddenly in 1981. Her mother Katina never recovered from that shock and soon began to suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease.

1981 – 1982 saw Helen compering the television show, “Let’s Go Greek Endaxi,” for the Channel 10 network.

On her travels over the years, Helen had amassed a large and magnificent collection of beautiful fabrics which were richly embroidered and jewelled. Realising there was more than she could ever possibly wear herself, she decided to utilise her collection of fabrics and her fashion diploma skills and create her own fashion label of special occasion wear. So, in 1984, her label “Helen Zerefos Special Occasion,” was launched with her good friend, Eileen Herbert.

After a very successful year of designing and producing special occasion wear accompanied by the excitement of fashion parades, Helen decided that the rag trade was not worth the temperamental tantrums and hassles of some of those associated with that industry. She decided to devote her talents to the relative sanity of show business and the joy of performing beautiful music.

In the meantime, her beloved mother Katina had deteriorated quickly to such a degree that she was helpless and needed constant attention. Helen was her primary carer for ten years.

In 1986 Helen appeared in the Royal Gala Concert at the Sydney Entertainment Centre for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip – Helen was so sad that her mother was not able to comprehend and be present at such an auspicious occasion.

The situation of caring for her dear mother, who passed away in 1992, had caused Helen to decline numerous concert offers from overseas during those years. Soon after her mother passed away, her husband, Raymond, was diagnosed with cancer which further curtailed any thoughts of taking any of the overseas engagements offered, as she continued her role of primary carer.

Helen was awarded an OAM (a Medal in the Order of Australia) in 1996, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for her services to charity and fund raising for Alzheimer’s research. Helen has supported research into Alzheimer’s disease for many years having nursed her mother Katina for ten years and knowing full well the horrors of that dreaded illness.

Helen supports many causes and is Patron of Professor Tony Broe’s Ageing Research Centre at NeuroScience Research Australia in Randwick (Sydney) where research into Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons disease is conducted. Helen has supported Professor Broe’s research for over twenty years with fundraising concerts, sale of her CDs, talks to community groups (Rotary, Lions, View, Probus Clubs etc) and generally raising awareness through her work. For further information telephone Mrs Sandra Forster, Executive Officer of the Ageing Research Centre, at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Sydney, on (02) 9382 4259 or email: Sandra Forster

Amidst her busy schedule, Helen makes appearances at Mike Walsh’s Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace at Cremorne, Sydney, one of the most exquisitely restored theatres in the world, working with world acclaimed theatre organist, Maestro Neil Jensen, at the Wurlitzer organ.

In the year 2000, Helen represented Australia in a concert at the Shanghai Grand Opera Theatre in Shanghai, China, celebrating its opening. The concert was a live telecast to two billion people!

Helen’s husband of 31 years, Raymond Millanta, passed away in 2002 after a lengthy debilitating illness – again Helen had been the primary carer. In all, Helen was primary carer for members of her family for twenty years.

Helen was devastated by the loss of her beloved younger sister Bubsie (Florence) who passed away with breast cancer in May 2004.

On 4 June 2004, Helen was selected to be a torchbearer in Sydney in the ATHENS 2004 OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY. She was nominated by her dear friend, Sandra Forster, of the Ageing Research Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital. Helen was honoured to be representing Australia for a brief moment on the world stage and also thrilled to be celebrating her Greek heritage.

Her busy schedule also included an engagement to perform two classical concerts on the Japanese luxury liner, “Pacific Venus,” while cruising the Pacific in 2005. (There were two typhoons in the area at the time.)

In 2006, the Sutherland Shire (in Sydney) celebrated its centenary. To mark the occasion, many events were planned. The first of these showcased one hundred people who had “made an important contribution to the Shire over the one hundred years and who have had a significant impact on the lives of others.” Helen, a resident for many years, was among the chosen one hundred. “The Faces of the Shire” was displayed on specially produced billboards in a roving exhibition which toured the Shire throughout the year.

In 2007, at the 31st Australian Entertainment “Mo” Awards, Helen was presented with a “Mo” Award for the best Classical and Opera Performer.

In 2009, at the 33 rd Australian Entertainment “Mo” Awards, Helen was presented with the John Campbell Fellowship Award.

3rd September 2011 the Sutherland Shire Council honoured Helen with a 50th anniversary (as a professional singer) tribute concert at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre, where she was accompanied by the Sutherland Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sven Libaek.

Between her professional singing engagements, Helen continues to be a sought after speaker to service groups raising awareness for Alzheimer research.

Helen has recorded many times and her three available CD’s are: “Million Dollar Melodies” accompanied by the Sydney International Orchestra conducted by Maestro Tommy Tycho AM, MBE. “Love and Music” accompanied by Maestro Robert Goode at the Sydney Town Hall Grand Organ “Friends for Life” accompanied and orchestrated by Maestro Steven Isoardi

--- John Love

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submitted by Kytherian Biographies Project on 20.10.2013

Paula Lexine Masselos BSW, ATCL,

Bronte NSW, 2024

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CAPABILITY STATEMENT

A proven Senior Executive in high profile roles, in community, government and corporate sectors. An original, creative and strategic thinker with broad experience across a range of sectors nationally and internationally. A strong reputation in collaborative leadership, compassionate reform and with innovative solutions orientation. Builds cohesive and healthy teams while being highly results focussed, and an energetic, passionate advocate for progressive and responsible change.

QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor of Social Work (James Cook University of North Queensland), 1979

Associate of the Trinity College, London, 1979

August 2012 – current – elected as Councillor to Waverley Council

As a Councillor for Waverley Council, Paula engages with the community and key stakeholders on a regular basis. This ensures she stays in touch with issues at the grass roots level and remains up to date and relevant with respect to community and business sentiment.

A strong advocate, Paula is regularly called upon by media to comment on key issues of the day. Interviews are regularly conducted with press (SMH, Telegraph, Wentworth Courier, other local newspapers), and radio (702, 2UE, ABC and local FM stations). Television has recently begun to take an interest in key issues and Paula is now being called upon by TV journalists for interviews including ABC and Channel 10.

Paula is a member of a number of council committees including:
• Finance, Ethics and Strategic Planning committee
• Community Housing, Environment Services and Public Works Committee
• Public Art Committee
April 2010 - Current - Director, Strategic Marketing and Communication, Cultural Partners Australia
Heading up the Marketing and Communications Division of CPA, the role is a high level strategic and client relations position with a focus on social change marketing programs. In addition to new business development, strategic campaign planning and implementation, high level client liaison, business and contract negation and evaluation, and management of a small team, Paula is presently the Account Director for:
• Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) – Donate Life .. the Gift of Life” CALD Program
o Strategic Elements
 Creative development and copy writing for brochure and poster in 7 languages (Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese) and for 6 faith groups (Buddhist, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim) + non-denomination
 1 x 8 minute film of faith leaders and community leaders supporting organ donation; 6 x 2 minute faith specific videos featuring faith leaders in support of organ donation
 Support of Faith leaders for organ donation and their active participation including modification of policy, introduction o new protocols and community training programs
 1 x high profile launch at Kirribilli House including briefing of Minister and PM’s partner, filming of KOLs and faith leaders statements of support
 3 weeks later high profile CALD special event featuring Minister , ethnic press, radio, TV and online, transplant recipient testimonials, and pledges re organ donation by 8 faith leaders to the Minister, audience and media
 Media training and key message briefing of KOLs for media interviews
 High level State Department negotiations re policy and program implementation
 High level Faith / Community leaders meeting with CEO of OTA
 Community engagement strategies including festivals and specific events
 Mailout of education kit to 500 community organisation and 250 healthcare professionals
o Outcomes
 Strategy, materials, launches and media coverage delivered in 12 weeks
 Strong buy in by Faith leaders including issuing of encyclicals, fatwas, policies and Beth Din rulings filtering to community level and to priests, rabbis, monks and imams
 Collateral materials very well received and adopted by the community
 Strong media interest with over $100,000 of PR generated in one week (55 stories). Faith leaders, transplant recipients and healthcare professionals in high demand for stories.
 CPA managed media talent as well as being spokesperson in some instances including for ethnic radio, press, Indian, Chinese and SBS television.
 Community engagement positive with community leaders creating / identifying special events for OTA lectures and information sessions
 Mailout materials very well received with 60 community organisations distributing through networks and becoming advocates for organ donation

• Dept of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency – Clean Energy Future Education Campaign
o Strategic Elements
 Clean Energy Future face-to-Face education and information programs in English, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish in 20 Centres in Sydney and Melbourne
 Advertising campaign in 17 languages including creative development and adaptation, copywriting, collateral development, radio, press and online ads, media planning
 2 x 2 minute YouTube videos of community leaders and Ambassadors endorsing Carbon Price and Clean Energy Future legislation used for social marketing, website and seminar content
 Press launch at Grocon’s flagship 5 start rated green building Castlereagh St, Sydney, including Minister, key industry stakeholders, 5 x CALD Ambassadors presenting singed Statement of Support and pledging support for Clean Energy future
 Ambassadors’ Program
 PR including media training of Ambassadors, significant media interest generating almost $200,000 in extra stories, (over 80 separate stories generated) KOL interviewed secured in ethnic press, radio and TV
 Mailout of education lit to 2,000 community organisations nationally
o Outcomes
 More than 600 people attended seminars
 Community organisations took materials and presented to their own communities
 Seminar feedback evaluation scores across all indicators either ‘good’, “very good” or “excellent”
 Movement of community attitudes from extremely negative / hostile to be more accepting and positive of Clean Energy Future message
 Ambassadors very effective in achieving cut through of message to their respective communities
 All collateral materials and videos positively accepted and distributed through community networks.
 Whole campaign was developed and delivered in 9 weeks.
• Dept of Broadband, Communications, Digital Economy – Regional National Broadband (NBN) Campaign
o Strategic elements
 NBN roll out education and information program in 40 centres across Australia across 15 language groups involving face to face community seminars, supporting media and community leadership endorsement
 2 x YouTube videos of first sessions produced for use in community seminars, on website and part of viral marketing
 25 stand- alone community information seminars presented by trained community leaders
 Development of all collateral materials, pamphlets, PPT presentations and backgrounders
 Two national media launches including production of media materials public relations, editorial generation, issues management, stakeholder media training and briefing
 Stakeholder management including NBN Co, Minister, Department and community leadership
 Feedback and Evaluation.
o Outcomes
 Strong community media interest and editorial generation including KOL – over $120,000(65 media stories generated) of additional PR coverage
 Strong community interest in issue including very good seminar registrations (up to 50 in sessions)n and evaluation scores across all indicators either ‘good’, “very good” or “excellent”
 Movement of community attitudes from extremely negative / hostile to be more accepting and positive of NBN
 All collateral materials and videos positively accepted and distributed through community networks.
 Whole campaign was developed and delivered in 12 weeks.
• FaHCSIA – “The Line” campaign targeting young people to build healthy and respectful relationships.
o Strategic elements
 An acknowledged innovative program including social media and viral marketing strategies targeting parents and young people ageds 12 – 20 years
 Advertising campaign including creative development, collateral development, media planning
 Strong youth driven content development with CPA facilitating young people’s input to ensure relevance
 Incorporating content elements of 4 x 2 minute short films, 6 x 2 minute radio dramas, 1 x 10 track hip hop music CD, hip hop song writing manual and 3 x dance events
 1 x 8 minute film developed to have 4 x 2 minute scenarios which can be used for discussion and awareness raising purposes
 Additional CSA content including 2 x 4 minute radio dramas in 6 languages from male and female perspective, Minister’s opinion piece and press release
 PR, media relations and stakeholder management including media training of The Line Music Ambassadors and mentors, PR generation for Ambassadors
 Extensive community consultation and stakeholder identification and support such as youth networks, schools, Mayor and Council. PCYC Partnership has ensures ongoing national legacy
 Mailout of education lit of materials to 500 community organisations nationally
o Outcomes
 Good support for campaign by young CALD people as per tracking research
 Strong media take up of materials including over 90 radio stations playing radio dramas and / or playing tracks from Liner Notes CD
 Video materials well received and used by community organisations
 Testing of 8 minute film (concerning sexting, cyber bullying, sexual harassment, controlling behaviour) 3 years after its production found to be still relevant, fresh and innovative with young people saying they had not seen these issues presented in this way – high level of engagement and message retention
 PR activities to date to the value of $150,000 (75 media stories generated) with more to come
 Ambassadors continue to give interviews and are now taking The Line message more broadly into other spheres and beyond The Line campaign – message extension
 Winners of Hip Hop song writing contest had song professionally recorded and broadcast over radio
 Mailout has community support with materials being posted onto websites, FaceBook, and information distributed through data base membership
• Fair Work Ombudsman - to increase awareness and understanding of the new industrial relations legislation
o Advertising, media relations, and specific education programs with key stakeholders such as employers, unions and other key bodies.
o A “Bare Foot Tutors’ program of self-running education materials have also been developed for community information and education programs tapping into local networks
• Maritime NSW - Jet Ski awareness and safe boating
o Targeting young Men of CALD background including a social media campaign, paid advertising, community relations and events, working closely with Mayor of Rockdale, collateral materials, give aways, PR, YouTube videos and issues management.
o Comedy main medium to deliver message effectively
o Significant issues management and stakeholder management including key messaging, media management and spokesperson
• Australian Building and Construction Commission –
o strategic development, review of internal systems and recommendations, creative development of new branding, icons and slogans, materials and collateral development, media relations and editorial generation, advertising, stakeholder and community relations, third party engagement, social media,
• Dept Families, Housing, Communities Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) – Paid Parental Leave legislation
o Launch and roll out including media relations and stakeholder management, creative development and advertising campaign in 20 languages
• Updating national multicultural mental health policy for Multicultural Mental Health Australia
• Research on behalf of the University of Queensland "social Inclusion and young people' project
• Boroondara Council – outreach into Multicultural communities for behaviour change and compliance on tree preservation, building permits and erection of satellite dishes including creative development and branding, press and radio campaign, PR , materials, community relations and partnerships, launch with Mayor
• Canterbury Council – Reduction of cross-contamination in recycling – media relations, branding and creative development, community relations, third party information dissemination.

2006 - 2009 - Director, Radio, SBS Corporation
Reporting to the Managing Director, the role is a senior executive position with a key responsibility to inform, educate and entertain Australia’s ethnic communities while contributing to social justice, social cohesion and community harmony.

Responsibilities

• Manage the people and resources in SBS Radio for the provision if services to the Australian community, in particular those of non-English speaking background.
• Contribute to the growth, diversity and engagement of the SBS Radio audience through inclusion of innovative and distinctive local and overseas content that reflects the Charter obligations of SBS.
• Review SBS structure and develop strategies to improve Radio services including on existing and future platforms.
• Implement appropriate workplace reform for SBS Radio.
• Ensure available funds are used efficiently and that strategies are out in place that retain and build audiences.
• Work collaboratively with other SBS Managers as part of the senior Executive team, to formulate programming strategies including extensions or variations of the services of SBS Radio and the integration of radio services with other content formats and delivery platforms.
• Develop and implement strategies for efficient and effective use of SBS resources.
• Represent the interests of SBS Radio in local and international industry forums. Liaise with community organisations to ensure that service reflects the Charter obligations of the SBS Corporation.

Achievements

• Reformed and restructured the Radio Division in Sydney and Melbourne, planned and executed high level change management strategies including redundancies and managed the unions during these processes.
• Managed and mentored a management team of 10 people whilst building a high performance team.
• Effectively lead and managed a staff of approximately 350 people (195 FTE), resources and activities in Sydney and Melbourne across 68 language groups and 70 Program groups.
• Managed a budget of $A20 million, using innovative funding and cost saving approaches including business casing, to restructure financial allocations to meet reprioritised objectives.
• 5 Year Divisional Plan and innovative Content Strategy which retained existing audiences and built new audiences whilst accommodating social policy especially social cohesion, community harmony, social inclusion agenda.
• Planning framework recognised as innovative, original and effective in planning for a complex environment with diverse and competing needs.
• Created a national focus to programming
• Commenced major reforms for radio including:
o Schedule Reforms,
o Introduction of world first best practice in Quality Measures for programming excellence; and
o review of staffing allocation paradigms for effective utilization of resources (also world first)
• Achieved effective use of, and integrated approach to, various media platforms including digital radio, analogue radio and online
• Worked collaboratively with other SBS Executive members and the MD in leading SBS’s strategic direction and Corporate Plan
• Ongoing, high level community relations and consultations with key community leaders, stakeholders, advocates, Consular Corp, Ministers and other politicians achieving synergies with corporate directions.
• High level and complex issues management with successful resolutions and contained fall out.
• Lobbied and advocated for SBS funds and contributed to raising revue through program reforms.
• In demand as a conference speaker both nationally and internationally and as a media awards judge internationally.
• Represented the interests of SBS Radio to Government, industry organizations and in public forums including at Senate Estimates. Liaised with community organizations to ensure relevance of service to community audience whilst reflecting Charter obligations.

1996 Nov 2006 - Director in WPP Group (WCJ (Young and Rubican), Sudler and Hennessey)

Responsibilities

In addition to running advertising campaigns, Paula undertook the following key functions:
High level management and new business development:
• Strategic campaign planning, media planning (traditional and online) and implementation
High level client liaison, public relations and issues management
• Media management, community relations and sponsorship management
• Training and development in cross cultural issues and focus group research
• Voice over, scripting and radio and video producing

Achievements

Product positioning into the Asia Pacific Region (Rogaine, Adobe)
• Successful campaigns and increase in market share for Optus, Foxtel, Citibank, Medibank Private,
• Effective social / public policy and community awareness campaigns for State and Federal Governments including Domestic Violence, Premier’s Drugs and Cannabis Campaigns, Constitution Convention and Telstra 2 and 3 Share Offers.
• Recognized and awarded new thinker in this emerging industry
• Recognized for creative and innovative practice winning a major Multicultural Marketing Award.
• Pioneered multicultural communications into the pharmaceutical sector winning a further Multicultural Marketing Award for innovative campaign for Rogaine.
• Successful pitch record grew multicultural marketing business
• Worked with internal Digital Division to develop digital strategies for client campaigns

Selected Client List
• Foxtel, Optus, Adobe, Darling Harbour Authority
• Citibank, American Express
• NSW Premiers Department, Police Dept
• Dept of Prime Minister and Cabinet,- anti drugs campaign
• Pfizer (Rogaine, Spiriva, Viagra), Sanofi (Eloxatin),
• Glaxo (Zeffix), NovoNordisk (Diabetes).
• Holden, Walker Corporation,
• Pam McLean Cancer Communications Centre,
• Quintiles, Accenture,
• State Library, Ashfield Library,
• Red Cross, Global Health Institute, Western Sydney Area Heath service.
1998 - 2004 - Commissioner Community Relations Commission
On the Board of Management, Community Relations Commission, responsible to the Chair and Premier

Responsibilities

• High level advice on multiculturalism
• Input into policy and community relations issues including management of difficult community relations / issues management
• Chaired two Regional Advisory Councils with high level government and community representation
• Chaired Grants Committee to allocate $750,000 in grants.
• Advocacy for ethnic communities
• Community liaison, high level stakeholder / issues management, community relations
• Budget overview

Achievements

• Highly involved in the drafting and passing of the unique NSW legislation which has enshrined multiculturalism in law.
• Set new standards and benchmarks for the operation and achievements of Regional Advisory committees
• Awarded a Community Relations Medal in recognition of services to Multiculturalism
• Provided high level policy advise to Government and Premier
• Recognised leader in the field
• Distributed over $1.5 million in funds to communities whilst chairing the Grants Committee
1989 - 1996 - Director, Education and Promotion, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
Reporting to the President, Five Commissioners and the General Manager
Responsibilities
Manage the Community Education activities of the 5 Commissioners
• Plan and implement community relations plans and activities
• Managed staff and NGO stakehokders
• Manage the publications program
• Develop training program
• Provide policy input, report writing and submissions
• Manage staff and budgets
• Manage Human Rights Awards

Achievements

Developed comprehensive mainstream and multicultural campaigns including Productive Diversity, Sex Discrimination and Race Discrimination.
• Successfully introduced new Privacy legislation with a high degree of public awareness
• won a $500,000 grant to work with the then Employers Federation, NSW Labour council (state Union body) and the Chamber of Manufactures to develop an innovative industry training program of best practice including productive diversity and sexual harassment
• input into key report recommendations
• Introduced highly successful industry training program and business breakfast sessions
• Developed new design livery for Race Discrimination Commissioner
• Built Human Rights Awards into highly valued awards presented at a popular black tie event

1987 - 1989 – Multicultural Policy Officer, Women's Coordination Unit
Responsibilities
• Advise and develop policy concerning women of non-English speaking background
• Interdepartmental (state and Commonwealth) liaison on women's issues
• Community education and publications management
• Departmental representation at external meetings
• Ministerial correspondence, report writing and policy analysis
• Community and stakeholder liaison and management

Achievements

Major campaigns and resource materials on Sexual Assault, domestic Violence and Child Sexual Assault
• Resource pack for police on dealing with child sex assault
• Major papers and policy input into national women's health policy
• Establishment of interdepartmental committee (state and Federal) on migrant women's issues
• Community outreach networks established between Unit and migrant women's groups
• Introduction of translated publications
1986 - Ethnic Aged Working Party Secretariat - Dept Community Services and Health (Canberra)
Responsibilities
• Develop departmental policy parameters and implementation strategies for ethnic aged community
• Plan and execute national community and stakeholder consultations
• Provide input into report chapters
Achievements
Successful national consultations with communities and key stakeholders
• Key policy development and contribution towards report chapters
1983 - 1987 - Social Worker, Dept Immigration and Ethnic Affairs
Responsibilities
• Advise and develop policy concerning women of non-English speaking background
• Interdepartmental (state and Commonwealth) liaison on women's issues
• Community education and publications management
• Departmental representation at external meetings
• Ministerial correspondence, report writing and policy analysis
• Community and stakeholder liaison and management
Achievements
Major campaigns and resource materials on Sexual Assault, domestic Violence and Child Sexual Assault
• Resource pack for police on dealing with child sex assault
• Major papers and policy input into national women's health policy
• Establishment of interdepartmental committee (state and Federal) on migrant women's issues
• Community outreach networks established between Unit and migrant women's groups
• Introduction of translated publications
1979 – 1983 - Social Worker Greek Welfare Centre, Brisbane
Responsibilities
Establish the Greek Welfare Centre in Brisbane
• Deliver bi-lingual case work services to the Greek community in Brisbane
• Deliver community development services
• Assist with infrastructure develop within the Greek community
• Work closely with the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs and other stakeholders
• Provide policy input and community consultation
• High level representation and lobbying on behalf of the Greek Community

Achievements

• First ethnic social worker in Australia
• Greek Welfare Centre acknowledged as industry leader which quickly established large client base
• Sat of various Government Advisory boards including Ethnic Television Review Panel (SBS TV) and National Women's Advisory Council
• Established key infrastructure including Greek Youth Council, Greek Senior Citizens, Child Care initiatives, etc
• Established an ethnic social worker's peak advocacy body Queensland Ethnic Welfare Development Association (QEWDA)

BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Organisation Board and Function Position Date of Service
Waverley Council Waverley Council Councillor for Lawson Ward August 2012 - current
Waverley Council Finance, Ethics and Strategic Planning committee Member councillor August 2012 - current
Waverley Council Community Housing, Environment Services and Public Works Committee
Member councillor August 2012 - current
Waverley Council Public Art Committee Member Councillor August 2012 - current
Waverley Council Development control committee Member councillor August 2012 - current
Waverly Council Independent Housing Assessment Panel (IHAP) Member Nov 2009 - 2012
Department of Immigration and Citizenship Citizenship Test Review Panel
• reviewed and recommended major reforms to the Australian government’s Citizenship Test; contributed to writing the report national key stakeholders and community consultations
.national consultations Member 2008
Australian Film, Television and Radio School Radio Advisory Group Member 2008 - 2009
Commercial Radio Association Digital Radio Group Member 2007 - 2009
Australia Day Council NSW Australian of the Year Selection Committee
• Select NSW Australian of the Year Member 2008
NSW Art Gallery VisAsia Council member Member 2007 - 2008
Ministry for the Arts, NSW Carnivale - Multicultural Arts Festival
• Major professional event on arts calendar challenging traditional views and practice in this field.
• Multicultural arts practice challenged and moved from cultural community development to professional recognition
• Management and constitutional reviews, organizational restructure, business plan, identified strategic partners and attracted sponsorship; managed a large team of staff, artists and performers.
Chair of Board 1999 - 2004
Western Sydney Area Health Service Global Health Institute member 2003 - 2006
Ethnic Affairs Commission / Community Relations Commission
Griffith Regional Advisory Committee
South West NSW Regional Advisory Committee
Grants Committee Chair

Chair 1998 - 2004
1998 - 2004

2002 - 2004
Migrant Skills and Qualifications Advisory Committee
• policy for recognition of overseas qualifications Member 1999 - 2003
NSW Vocational Education Training Accreditation Board
• development of training standards and accreditation of industry based training program Member 1991 - 1994
Federal Minister for Women National Women's Advisory Council
• high level advice to the Federal Minister on ethnic women’s issues Member 1981 - 1983
Minister for Transport and communications Ethnic Television Review Panel
• developed the policy and framework for Australia’s multicultural television service (SBS TV) Member 1979 - 1980
NSW Attorney - General "Quarter Way to Equal" Implementation Committee Member
Snowy Mountains Hydro Authority 50th Anniversary Cttee
developed an entertainment and celebration program Member 1999
Centennial Park Authority Centennial of Federation Committee
program of arts activities to celebrate the Centenary of Federation Member 2000 - 2001
Museums and Galleries Foundation Reference Group Member

COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS

Organisation Board / Committee Position Date of Service
St George Parish of Rose Bay 50th Anniversary Organising Committee:
• Organise fundraising activities to raise $250,000
• Write a commemorative history of the parish and attract advertising to self fund the book
• Organise a black tie ball for 500 people including celebrity speaker
• Develop a short film
• Organise and implement an art competition for a new work / installation for the new building
• Develop and implement a comprehensive marketing strategy
• Managing the team and run the meetings
• Conflict resolution Chair February 2011 - current
Tim Olsen Galleries • Project manage the successful production and writing of a book about Ann Thomson artist
• Organise a launch at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Drive distribution and sales strategy including pre-sales and cash flow management
• Manage the budget
• Manage the “personalities” Publishing Director:
May 2011 - current
Marine Discovery Centre MDC Management Committee
• Promote marine conservation in the eastern Suburbs
• Reform the MDC including new financial systems, organisational restructure, new strategic direction, and marketing
• Establish high level strategic relationships and partnerships advantageous to the MDC including Waverley Council. Secretary/Treasurer July 2010 - current
Ethnic Communities Council of NSW Multicultural Community Radio Association / FM 2000
• developed blueprint and won license for Australia’s first multicultural community radio station with 52 languages Convenor and Founding Chair 1990 - 1992
National Council of Churches
"Safe Churches" Working Party
• overcome sexual misconduct in the Church Member 2004 - 2006
National Council of Churches National Decade to Overcome violence Patron, 2005
Benevolent Society Sydney Leadership
SL2000 Alumni
• establishment of a social capital investment fund and work with business leaders to develop alternative models of financial sustainability for major arts organisations Since 2001
First Greek - Australian Museum Foundation Member

Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board of Management Vice President
2001 - 2006
Australian Hellenic Healthcare Organisation Board of Management Founding Secretary
2006
Opera Foundation Committee Member
Bronte Society
advocate for community building and oral history of Bronte Founding President
2004 - 2006
Waverley Council Bronte Precinct DA Representative
Secretary / DA Rep 2005 - 2006
2009 - present
Ausdance Board Member 1998 - 2001
Institute of Easter Music Board of Management Vice President
1994 - 2000
Ethnic communities Council of NSW Board of Management Vice President and committee member 1990 - 1992

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 26.09.2013

Alexander Spiro Phacheas (Fatseas) and Family 1927

Back row right to left
Alexander Fatseas, Erasmia and Anastasia

Front row right to left
Spiro, Costas and George

Taken Athens 1927

Alexander Phacheas arrived Australia 1901with his uncles, John, George and Peter Phacheas.

Alexander returned to Greece 1911 and thereby hangs a tale

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submitted by Kytherian Obituaries on 10.09.2013

Aussie football pioneer Sir Arthur George dies at 98 after almost 20 years of service to game

Sir Arthur George passes away after 20 years of service to Aussie football. Source: News Limited

SIR Arthur George, the longest-serving president of the former Australian Soccer Federation (ASF), has died at the age of 98.

George, knighted in 1972 for his services to the Greek Australian community, was a key figure as soccer transitioned towards becoming a mainstream sport in the 1960s and 70s.

He was president of the ASF between 1969 and 1988, a period highlighted by Australia's first appearance at the World Cup finals in 1974 and the subsequent formation of the National Soccer League (1977).

The NSL became the first national sporting competition in the country.

During much of his tenure at the ASF, George also served on the FIFA executive, the first Australian to do so. FIFA later awarded him the Gold Order of Merit, the world body's highest honour.

He was also a long-serving member of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and, despite making three failed attempts to change Australia's membership from the OFC to the Asian Football Confederation, he ultimately became a life president of Oceania.

The Chairman of Football Federation Australia, Frank Lowy, acknowledged George's years of service to Australian football.

"Sir Arthur served for almost 20 years at the head of the ASF and was single-minded in his pursuit of what he identified as the game's best interests," said Lowy.

"On behalf of the football community, I send my condolences to the family."

The funeral will be held at St George Greek Orthodox Church, Newcastle Street, Rose Bay, on Tuesday 10th September.

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submitted by Kytherian Obituaries on 10.09.2013

Aussie football pioneer Sir Arthur George dies at 98 after almost 20 years of service to game

Sir Arthur George passes away after 20 years of service to Aussie football. Source: News Limited

SIR Arthur George, the longest-serving president of the former Australian Soccer Federation (ASF), has died at the age of 98.

George, knighted in 1972 for his services to the Greek Australian community, was a key figure as soccer transitioned towards becoming a mainstream sport in the 1960s and 70s.

He was president of the ASF between 1969 and 1988, a period highlighted by Australia's first appearance at the World Cup finals in 1974 and the subsequent formation of the National Soccer League (1977).

The NSL became the first national sporting competition in the country.

During much of his tenure at the ASF, George also served on the FIFA executive, the first Australian to do so. FIFA later awarded him the Gold Order of Merit, the world body's highest honour.

He was also a long-serving member of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and, despite making three failed attempts to change Australia's membership from the OFC to the Asian Football Confederation, he ultimately became a life president of Oceania.

The Chairman of Football Federation Australia, Frank Lowy, acknowledged George's years of service to Australian football.

"Sir Arthur served for almost 20 years at the head of the ASF and was single-minded in his pursuit of what he identified as the game's best interests," said Lowy.

"On behalf of the football community, I send my condolences to the family."

The funeral will be held at St George Greek Orthodox Church, Newcastle Street, Rose Bay, on Tuesday 10th September.

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submitted by Kytherian Funeral Notification on 10.09.2013

Funeral details for the late Sir Arthur George

SIR ARTHUR'S family and friends from business, football and life's journey are invited to attend his Funeral Service at 11am Tuesday (September 10, 2013), at St George Greek Orthodox Church, 90 Newcastle Street, Rose Bay.

Following the Prayers the cortege will proceed to the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park Cemetery, Military Road, Matraville.

By request of the family, no flowers. Donations may be made to the St George Greek Orthodox Church, Rose Bay.

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submitted by Vikki Vrettos Fraioli on 28.06.2013

The Simos Family from Logothetianika

This photo was taken in San Francisco, CA around 1917.

Seated is Dimitrios Ioannis Simos (1877-1958) with his son John (1918-1944) seated on his lap.

Iasmia Vourlis Simos (1891-1960) is seated next to him with their daughter Zoe (1917-1987) seated on her lap.

In the back are Dimitrios’ brothers from left to right:
Panagiotis (1895-1984)
Apostolos (1890-1972) and
Theodore (1892-1959)

The Simos family was originally from Logothetianika. They immigrated to the USA in the early 1900’s, first to New York, then to San Francisco, then finally settling in Bakersfield where the family build the first Greek Orthodox Church there.

Many thanks to Megan Pearse from Bakersfield, CA for identifying each of the family members and providing the dates. Megan is the great granddaughter of Dimitrios Simos. Her grandmother Zoe is seated on her great grandmothers lap.

Megan and me (Vikki Vrettos Fraioli) became acquainted quite randomly when Megan requested to join the Kytherian Society of California Facebook group.
After chatting a bit, we discovered that our families were very close back in the early 1900’s, almost 100 years ago!

See also:

Chlentzos - Alfieris Family Easter Picnic 1914

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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

PENNI PAPPAS

Daydream believer


Photograph: 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 TV show Fashion Star. The Florida-based designer wooed the mentors with her bright, bold prints and organic designs for day to night wear. Her style on the show demonstrated her glamorous yet simple approach to fashion that saw her at the top of her game on the show. Yet when this designer was a young girl, fashion and flair were far from reach.

Nikki was born in regional New South Wales, in the town of Wagga Wagga. Her grandfather migrated to Australia from Kythera and her grandmother from Akrata. Growing up on a 54,000 acre cattle farm in the outback, with no electricity and hence, no television, Nikki was obligated to use her imagination even more than children her age. She would read and read and imagine life elsewhere, somewhere exotic, a big city, and that thirst drove the young woman to reach for her very own fashion star.

Inspired by her mother's passion for creativity, Nikki was exposed to vivid colours through wallpapers chosen to redecorate the house. She would spend hours watching her mother make clothes for the family, then at age eight, Nikki got her first ever sewing machine.
"The first thing I made was a bikini - even though I lived miles and miles from the beach," Nikki tells Neos Kosmos.

After leaving high school, Nikki studied sewing and technical pattern making at the Sydney Technical College. After travelling around Europe, it would be the birth of her sister's child that would see her organic and ecologically friendly style of design take over. With the baby as her muse, Nikki went off to create a whole collection of eco-friendly baby clothes, aptly named 'eco-baby'.

"The collection was made of organic cotton printed with my designs in non-toxic inks," explains Nikki.

She began selling the clothes at the Bondi and Paddington markets and noticed with her success, there was a definite gap in the market for this style. With her confidence growing, she called the baby clothes buyer for David Jones and was invited in to show her collection.

"I made about a dozen pieces in three weeks - put them on wooden hangers and displayed them in a vintage suitcase," says Nikki of the early days, "and the buyer loved the collection."
Not only was 'eco-baby' born, but so was Nikki's career as a designer and she was only 23.

But it was her love affair with the ocean that led Nikki to pursue a career in marine biology and her Bachelor of Science degree and a scholarship opportunity brought Nikki to US shores. Working in coral reef conservation, Nikki juggled the dichotomy between science and fashion; ultimately her creativity lured her back to the fashion world.
Based in Florida, Nikki started creating under her label 'nikki poulos' in 2008 and has built a loyal following with her clientele and the press, having been featured everywhere from Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Elle, Lucky and Fitness magazines, and the European version of the hit show Next Top Model.

"I am a print obsessed designer," says Nikki of her style, "and my collection reflects my love of graphic prints, bold colours, and vintage-inspired styles; especially the 1930s and 1970s."
She adds that her fascination with bold prints is a reflection of her Greek heritage.

"Also there is a certain free-spirited and organic nature in my creative process which I believe is a reflection of my Greekness."
But with that, the designer also loves the glamour of old Hollywood.
"A fascination with old Hollywood glamour and the icons of fashion, film and art, coupled with my love of the great outdoors, inspires and influences my styling to create a line that represents the epitome of modern bohemian chic."

With her marine biology background, and given her first piece made was a bikini, it's easy to see this designer's love of swimwear.
"There's a lot of leeway when you work in stretch fabrics," says Nikki of creating swimwear.

"I think the hardest thing with swimwear is getting the proportions right - 1/4 of an inch can make the world of difference when you're working on a small scale. That's the secret to designing swimwear that flatters the body."

Even though her label has been going for over five years - featuring pieces from jumpsuits to resort wear and her favourite maxis, the designer made waves in the country where she was born when she popped up on the telly last year.

"Fashion Star was an amazing experience," she says of her time on the NBC hit US reality TV series.

Filmed over five weeks in Los Angeles, the aim of the show is to sell as many designs to the three stores and eventually get a whole collection stocked in either Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and H&M, however, H&M has been replaced by Express for season two.

"The show was incredible for my business," Nikki starts, "it was seen by four million viewers weekly plus was shown in 70 countries worldwide.
"For an independent designer to reach such a large audience week after week is a phenomenal exposure opportunity. My website traffic increased from about 10,000 hits per month to 80,000 hits per month. Plus, it has given me a fantastic following with real women who respond to and relate to my designs."

Nikki's designs sold the fastest out of the other 14 designers on the show, with H&M's website crashing twice within two minutes when her dresses were on sale. Not only that, her designs sold out in under ten minutes.

"To sell so many pieces in less than ten minutes is an incredible feat - one of which I am incredibly proud, but more so, it gives retailers and consumers the confidence to purchase my designs."

And now the designer has launched a new line exclusive to the Home Shopping Network (HSN) http://www.hsn.com/shop/nikki-by-nikki-poulos-fashion/fa-10881

"The launch was the best selling launch of a new brand in the time slot in HSN history. The launch was supposed to be 3 hours spread over one day but we sold so much in the first hour that the producers had to cancel the second hour to reshuffle the merchandise so we could sell in the third hour. Unheard of for a new brand launch."

Nikki Poulos just keeps going from strength to strength in the design world - not bad for a Greek Australian girl from the outback.

For more information on Nikki Poulos' collection visit www.nikkipoulos.com

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submitted by Kytherian Newsflash on 21.05.2013

Angelo Notaras demonstrating a previous award winning hand held machine

This year, Angelo and brother John of Atom Industries, have again been awarded fold medals at the prestigious 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.

http://www.inventions-geneva.ch/cgi-bin/fr-presse.php

Each Gold Medal won by Atom Industries was for:

1. Highly efficient portable powered wood drilling machine with automatic reverse gear combined with automatic de- accelerator rotating safety handle if wood auger suddenly jams in the wood. For use in rural fencing and construction.

2. Very efficient portable blower for use in the garden , with new fan design technology resulting in very high air thrust performance , lower noise levels and decreased fuel requirements.

Angelo & John and Atom Industries have secured a number of Gold Medals at this exhibition in previous years. Their achievements consistently display a skill and aptitude for 'design excellence'.

John Notaras, partner in the business, Atom Industries, surrounded by a bevy of Domestic and International Awards with brother Angelo Notaras

The International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (Geneva Inventions) is a show that takes place annually in the canton of Geneva in Switzerland.

Gold medal awarded to Angelo and John Notaras of Atom Industries, obverse side

Gold medal awarded to Angelo and John Notaras of Atom Industries, reverse side

It was founded in 1972 by Jean-Luc Vincent. The event takes place every year at Palexpo, in the town of Grand-Saconnex . It attracts over 700 exhibitors from 45 countries are exhibiting 1,000 inventions and welcomes over 60,000 visitors each year

Inventions presented cover a wide area, including energy, environmental protection, information technology, mechanical engineering, industrial processes, watches, electricity, electronics, construction, engineering civil, carpentry, plumbing, ventilation, heating materials security and alarm, DIY, household arts, business and technical equipment, agriculture, gardening, textiles, medicine and hygiene, optics, teaching transportation, health, food, cosmetics, entertainment, advertising, packaging, toys and games.

The International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva in full swing

In 2009, the show won the patronage of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in addition to the patronage of Switzerland, canton and city of Geneva.

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submitted by Kytherian Newsflash on 21.05.2013

John Notaras, partner in the business, Atom Industries, with brother Angelo Notaras

....surrounded by a bevy of Domestic and International Awards that the Company has won.

Amongst these awards are numerous Gold Medals won at the International Inventions & Technology Convention, Geneva, Switzerland.

John, and brother Angelo, share a 40 year history as successful inventors. Atom Industries focuses on supplying high quality hand held garden and agricultural implements to a national and international market.
See: http://www.atomindustries.com.au

Angelo and John have been awarded a further two Medals at the 2013 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.

http://www.inventions-geneva.ch/cgi-bin/fr-presse.php

Each Gold Medal won by Atome Industries was for:

1. Highly efficient portable powered wood drilling machine with automatic reverse gear combined with automatic de- accelerator rotating safety handle if wood auger suddenly jams in the wood. For use in rural fencing and construction.

2. Very efficient portable blower for use in the garden , with new fan design technology resulting in very high air thrust performance , lower noise levels and decreased fuel requirements.

Angelo & John and Atom Industries have secured a number of Gold Medals at this exhibition in previous years. Their achievements consistently display a skill and aptitude for 'design excellence'.

The International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (Geneva Inventions) is a show that takes place annually in the canton of Geneva in Switzerland .

It was founded in 1972 by Jean-Luc Vincent. The event takes place every year at Palexpo, in the town of Grand-Saconnex . It attracts over 700 exhibitors from 45 countries are exhibiting 1,000 inventions and welcomes over 60,000 visitors each year

Inventions presented cover a wide area, including energy, environmental protection, information technology, mechanical engineering, industrial processes, watches, electricity, electronics, construction, engineering civil, carpentry, plumbing, ventilation, heating materials security and alarm, DIY, household arts, business and technical equipment, agriculture, gardening, textiles, medicine and hygiene, optics, teaching transportation, health, food, cosmetics, entertainment, advertising, packaging, toys and games.

In 2009, the show won the patronage of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in addition to the patronage of Switzerland, canton and city of Geneva.

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submitted by John Sourrys on 16.05.2013

George Sourrys. Considered to be amongst the sexiest men on the Gold Coast

His profile from a recent article on goldcoast.com.au is

George Sourrys

Age: 32. Occupation: Financial advisor and model. Lives: Nobby Beach.
Describing himself as "deep and truly original", businessman George, who also works as a model, says he leads a healthy lifestyle with daily exercise at the gym or surfing on one of the Gold Coast's great beaches. In the past year he has featured in campaigns by Qantas, Samsung, Sunshine Coast Tourism, Translink, Ed Hardy and more. He also has a bit part in upcoming TV series Reef Doctors. In his spare time, his passion is to write. "I am writing a TV sitcom with one of my best friends and a novel by myself,'' he says. "One day I wish to make a career of it. My other interests are my family, friends, animals and nature." George's idea of sexy is someone who is comfortable with who they are, yet at the same time are willing to better themselves. "Someone with charisma and something deeper which draws you in and captivates your mind," George explains. He says his sexiest attribute is his ability to make others feel great.

The entire article follows below:

Gold Coast's Sexiest Men

AFTER much deliberation over the list of Top 20 Gold Coast Sexiest Men for 2013, the People's Choice and Judges' Choice winners can be revealed.

More than 90,000 online votes from the public were submitted for the People's Choice award.

Meanwhile, the Judges' Choice was selected by judges Lauren Paris of the Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast health and wellness guru Madonna Williams and Nine News weather, fishing, boating and surf reporter Paul Burt.

The People's Choice for this year's Sexiest Male is Sketch, 29, from Broadbeach, who is one half of electro music act Bombs Away, with more than 20,000 online votes received.

"Sketch AKA Lord Matthew Ronald John Coleman - what a name! This guy is clearly a charismatic cat. Thumbs up for the moustache and pants," Judge Paul Burt said.

The Judges' Choice for this year's Sexiest Male is professional golfer Adam Scott, 32.

Still riding high from his recent US Masters win, Adam spent most of his teen years living on the Gold Coast.

"Adam is an all-round classy guy. He's neat and tidy, a great achiever and fantastic ambassador and role model," Paul said.

"Adam Scott epitomises the 'sexy man' with his natural, confident smile, humble attitude and passion for being the best at what he loves to do. He exudes a strong personal character yet sensitive nature and a hint of sensuality, which is very sexy," Madonna said.

Judges' Choice Sexiest Male runner-up is obstetrician Dr Drew Moffrey. Paul said Drew was also a stand-out inclusion on the Top 20 Sexiest Men list.

"They say you have to love your job to be happy and successful in life. I'm a true believer in this and in Drew's very own words "waking up every day to go to work is a pleasure" sounds like he's already a winner," Paul said.

This year's Top 20 Gold Coast Sexiest Men and Women lists featured a selection of people hand-picked by the judges as well as wild-card entrants nominated by friends, colleagues or even themselves.

The contest was presented by the Gold Coast Bulletin, Coast Confidential and EAST, Broadbeach. The below list and gallery of this year's Top 20 Gold Coast Sexiest men is in no particular order.

Adam Scott
Age: 32. Occupation: Professional golfer. From: Gold Coast.
Still riding high from his recent US Masters win, 'our' guy Adam, who spent most of his teen years living on the Gold Coast, is not only a golfing great, but also hard working with a super-fit body to match. His previous links to Hollywood actress Kate Hudson and tennis star Ana Ivanovic prove he's certainly got what it takes in the sexy stakes. When told multiple women were commenting on his appearance during a recent appearance on American morning television, Adam said: "It's embarrassing but flattering. I'm not single at all. I am very much in a relationship and very happy for the moment." We think his dedication to reaching his goal of becoming the first Aussie to win the US Masters is pretty damn sexy.

Anthony Ikin
Age: 32. Occupation: Dancer, choreographer and athlete. Lives: Varsity Lakes.
Anthony says his main interests include helping kids, "especially using dance as a platform to express themselves and to have fun". He works closely with Little Souls, Make a Wish Foundation and RSPCA, and describes himself as a fun-loving, larger-than-life kind of guy who looks for the positive in everything. He says he's in constant pursuit of achieving his ever-evolving dreams and to him a sexy someone is one who "exudes a certain energy that inspires you to be a better person". He says his sexiest attribute is his honesty. "It gets me me mixed reactions sometimes, but you always know where you stand,'' he says.

Bryce Hodges
Age: 26. Occupation: Tiler and model. Lives: Nobby Beach.
This model, managed by Vivien's Model Management, who says his beard as his sexiest attribute, has appeared in TV commercials, walked in the Mercedes-Benz fashion festival and has shot campaigns for Rush surf store. Bryce, who describes girlfriend Brooke Kelaart - a DJ from The Twins - as his idea of sexy, says visual attraction is usually the first thing you notice about someone, but being friendly and kind also helps a lot. Describing himself as "always up for a good time", Bryce enjoys surfing, snowboarding and people-watching.

Casey Barnes
Age: 34. Occupation: Singer/songwriter. Lives: Miami.
This dedicated and hard-working musician who loves what what he does, as well as his little family -- with baby No.2 due shortly -- has just released the next single off his new album. He loves keeping fit by going to the gym and running every day. "If it's something to do with sport count me in,'' he says. "I'm a massive AFL fan and only stopped playing a couple of years ago.'' Music keeps Casey pretty busy and he says he's very lucky he gets to do what he loves for a living and see the world at the same time. "My job also allows me to get involved with a lot of different charity work which I really enjoy," he says. "I'm not your typical outwardly sexy bloke. My wife finds my commitment to those I love and my loyalty my sexiest quality and she says when I sing a heartfelt track it's bound to have the girls swooning.''

Chris Begg
Age: 31. Occupation: Comedian. Lives: Arundel.
Describing himself as a "funky, hunky, hairless monkey with an amazing hairline and penchant for chocolate-covered walnuts", comedian Chris says his idea of sexy is being kind and funny with a hint of sass. "Lingerie doesn't go astray either," he adds. With interests including stand-up comedy, being a father, inspiring people, sneaking chocolate when no-one is looking, running the comedy room at The Loft on Chevron Island and starting online radio station comedyradio.com.au, Chris says his sense of humour is his sexiest attribute. "But it could also possibly be my calves," he jokes. "They look damn sexy in high heels." Chris has been performing stand-up comedy on the Coast since October 2011, throwing himself into the deep end to overcome social anxiety - something many people usually suffer in silence.

Cody Codling
Age: 27. Occupation: Business owner, entrepreneur and physique transformation specialist. Lives: Labrador
With his sincerity considered as one of his sexiest attributes, Cody's background in personal training also offers a helping hand. "Being a personal trainer, I live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy passing on my knowledge and educating anyone who is interested in making a change,'' he says. "I am also an organic fruit and vegetable gardener. I turned the tiny frontyard I had into a vegie patch and now enjoy the benefits of fresh, free produce daily." Cody is also looking to help people in developing countries such as Africa and Indonesia. "It's a goal of mine to get over there and contribute to getting them more self-sufficient in the production of food and water storage," he says. Cody describes himself as an honest guy who will give anyone the time of day. "I'm also very ambitious," he says. "If you think the sky's the limit, you're already putting a limit on yourself."

Damien Tutt
Age: 23. Occupation: Shade-sail installer and landscaper. Lives: Sorrento.
Damien has had an interesting year since taking out last year's title of Gold Coast's Sexiest Man. Shortly after being named the winner, he met champion Gold Coast ironwoman Courtney Hancock and the pair have been together for 10 months. Damien says he's no longer competing in body-building competitions but now does beach flag and sprint training through Kurrawa Surf Club, and recently competed in the Aussie Surf Life Saving titles. He says he maintains his physique by eating well. "Plus I never go out, a little boring really. I'd rather stay home and watch a movie," he says. And what does Damien think makes someone sexy? "I think it's all about the personality," he says.

Drew Moffrey
Age: 34. Occupation: Obstetrician. Lives: Sorrento.
This down-to-earth guy with a stethoscope and a smile proves that a nice guy with brains can be very sexy. With work as his passion, doctor Drew -- who is Gold Coast born and bred -- says he's very lucky to love what he does. "Going to work in the morning is just an absolute pleasure," he says. "If anyone has seen a baby born they will understand exactly what I mean." Drew is involved with Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club, competes in triathlons and was recently inducted into the Australian Lifesaving Hall of Fame for his part in the Patrol Competition team. "I also try to support any charities I can and will often be seen growing or shaving some hair during the year for Movember or Shave for a Cure,'' he says. Drew also believes intelligence is the sexiest thing about a person. "No matter how attractive someone is, if you don't connect with him or her mentally, it will all end badly," he says.

George Sourrys
Age: 32. Occupation: Financial advisor and model. Lives: Nobby Beach.
Describing himself as "deep and truly original", businessman George, who also works as a model, says he leads a healthy lifestyle with daily exercise at the gym or surfing on one of the Gold Coast's great beaches. In the past year he has featured in campaigns by Qantas, Samsung, Sunshine Coast Tourism, Translink, Ed Hardy and more. He also has a bit part in upcoming TV series Reef Doctors. In his spare time, his passion is to write. "I am writing a TV sitcom with one of my best friends and a novel by myself,'' he says. "One day I wish to make a career of it. My other interests are my family, friends, animals and nature." George's idea of sexy is someone who is comfortable with who they are, yet at the same time are willing to better themselves. "Someone with charisma and something deeper which draws you in and captivates your mind," George explains. He says his sexiest attribute is his ability to make others feel great.

Joe Davidson
Age: 21. Occupation: Student. From: Palm Beach.
Joe is currently living in Sydney where he moved to study acting full time at the school Hugh Jackman attended and is now a patron of: Actors Centre Australia. Joe's interests include helping the homeless, acting, staying healthy, the beach, cooking, his social life and making new friends. He says he loves the Gold Coast and feels he could "portray a warm and socially welcoming image of what the Gold Coast has to offer". "For me, sexy means someone I find attractive,'' he says. "I find myself attracted to people who are easy to get along with more so than physically beautiful people."

Joseph Muir
Age:25. Occupation: Professional Mixed Martial Arts athlete. Lives: Southport.
Besides the physical, Joseph finds a a positive outlook on life mixed with honesty and respect for oneself attractive. "I also find confidence very sexy," he adds. Joeseph has been told his sexiest attribute is his speech impediment. "I have a stutter," he explains. A lover of all things related to MMA and the beach, Joeseph says being a full-time athlete ensures good health is always on his mind. "People generally feel more confident about themselves if living a healthy lifestyle," he says.

Kayne Lawton
Age: 24. Occupation: Professional footbal player. From: Cudgen.
This easy-going, professional sportsman says he loves the simple things in life such as keeping fit, going to the beach with his girl, working out and eating Nando's. Kayne, who has just moved to Sydney with girlfriend Jamie Allen due to work commitments, says his idea of sexy is being happy with who you are. He says leading a healthy lifestyle is important when it comes to achieving sexiness inside and out. "I think its important to be healthy; the feeling you get from that is the best," he says. If his footy career ever hits a hurdle, we're sure he'd be a great permanent addition to the modelling world.

Kevin Gordon
Age: 23. Occupation: Professional rugby league player. Lives: Merrimac.
As a winger with the Gold Coast Titans, Kevin Gordon enjoys everything our city has to offer. "I love the lifestyle and the weather. It's just a great place to live," he says. When he's not training or travelling the country for NRL matches, or helping out at community events or working with charities, Kevin dabbles in music. "I like making modern dance music, DJing and producing - I do it at home," he says. Kevin, who played his initial first-grade game at age 19, also enjoys keeping healthy, surfing and going to beach. "I like to stay fit and being in the gym - it's just what I do as I've been doing it for so long," he says.

Luke Bradnam
Age: 40. Occupation: Radio announcer. Lives: Broadbeach Waters.
This radio announcer on 102.9 Hot Tomato, who tries to be the best dad he can be, describes himself as a very average marathon runner and a below-average ironman who loves endurance sports and taking on big challenges. "I love my job -- ranting and raving on the radio is the best gig in the world -- and I'm very proud of our show being the No.1 show on the Gold Coast,'' he says. "I'm also a proud ambassador for Paradise Kids on the Gold Coast." Luke says his idea of sexy is someone who works hard to be physically fit. "Girls who sweat not starve are sexy to me, and anybody who is confident enough to be themself." Luke jokes that he doesn't belong on anybody's sexiest list. "I'm pretty sure I'm not even on my wife's," he laughs.

Luke Howell
Age: 18. Occupation: Recording artist. Lives: Miami/Burleigh Heads.
Luke says he is grateful for the opportunities that have come his way in the past year, including his rise to fame as a member of boy band What About Tonight on Channel Seven's X-Factor. Luke says he enjoys singing, travelling, acting, skating, surfing, and some modelling. "I would say I'm very outgoing and very easy to get along with and always down to have a good time, but I also really like my downtime and just chilling with my mates and hanging about watching movies or surfing," he says. Luke thinks sexiness can come in many different forms. "I like to think sexy is looking your best at all times and being well respected by your peers for many reasons," he says. Keeping fit and healthy is also a high priority. "I like to exercise and make sure I am feeling good for myself and no other reasons," he says.

Matt Acton
Age:25. Occupation: Radio announcer. Lives: Oxenford.
This 90.9 Sea FM breakfast show host says he deserves to be named Gold Coast's Sexiest Man as the only thing he's ever won is a colouring in competition when he was six. "So I need something else to put on my CV," he jokes. "Plus I think it's time people realised monobrows are sexy." Matt, who says he never thinks before he speaks, has just started surfing and believes being sexy is a mixture of what's on the inside and out. "You can be good looking but if you have the personality of dead fish there's no way you'll ever be sexy," he says. "I also think nice eyes are sexy." As for his sexiest attribute, Matt says: "It was abs before I became addicted to KFC. So now I will say it's my charm. To be honest I'm not a massive health freak so I would say if the perfect body is your idea of sexy, yes it's important, but there's nothing more sexy than a girl who'll hit the gym but follow it up with a burger and a beer afterwards.''

Paora Taukamo
Age: 25. Occupation: Arrears account manager. Lives: Burleigh Heads.
Paora, who is also known as P, moved to Queensland from New Zealand four years ago and is now "living the Gold Coast dream", working, studying as a personal trainer and fulfilling his entrepreneurial aspirations with a new topless waiter company called Kiwi Rize. Paora's interests include Brazilian jiu jitsu and spending time with his family and mates. "I'm pretty laid back, fun-loving and enjoy meeting people," Paora says. "This year I'm really focusing on my goals and my new business venture." Confidence and intrigue are among the attributes he finds sexy. "In a female, there is nothing more sexy than a women who is independent, driven and looks after herself," he says. Paora's smile and sense of humour can be counted his some of his sexy features.

Sam Wallace
Age: 22. Occupation: Personal trainer. Lives: Mermaid Waters.
Local lovely Sam caught our eye during his appearance on last year's series of Big Brother, where he was involved with fellow Gold Coaster and Big Brother runner-up Layla Subritzky. Sam's now single and says his mum taught him well when it comes to domestic duties, which many might find appealing. "I actually enjoy ironing and mowing the lawn - it's therapeutic," he says. With a passion for health and fitness, Sam enjoys crossfit, surfing and motorbikes as well as hanging out with mates, coffee and movies. Describing himself as a walking contradiction, "polite and inappropriate, kind and cruel, selfish and selfless", one of Sam's sexiest attributes could be his "curvaceous behind". When he hears the word sexy, he automatically thinks: "Both confidence and elegance that oozes persona with an equal balance of sensuality. I believe if you feel good on the inside, it's going to shine on straight through to the outside.''

Sketch AKA Lord Matthew Ronald John Coleman
Age: 29. Occupation: One half of electro music act Bombs Away. Lives: Broadbeach.
Currently training for his next Bombs Away show, Sketch says when he's not travelling he enjoys general hooliganry. "I enjoy fisticuffs and cruising my penny farthing along the beach, razzing the pretty dolls," the joker says. The band's Supersoaker filmclip debuted as No.1 Australian Artist Dance Single on the ARIA Charts and No.4 Australian Single on the ARIA Charts the week of its release. Their new single Drunk Arcade debuted at No.10 in the dance charts and 87 overall on its first day of release recently. Sketch says he might be named Gold Coast's Sexiest Man "cause I ain't no dandy vagabond and we're hot to trot at the speakeasy". He says he also sports quite a dapper moustache. "Some cats might call it the bee's knees," he jokes. As for his idea of sexy, he says: "A broad should have an ample behind, ya get me?"

Zac Meredith
Age: 22. Occupation: Personal trainer and model. Lives: Currumbin.
Zac runs his own personal training business and works as a model, but is also going through the process of becoming a firefighter. Born and raised in Brisbane, Zac's interests include keeping fit, modelling, rugby league and "chilling with the boys". He describes himself as an easygoing, fun, family-loving guy who is up for any challenge. "I live by the GC lifestyle: work, train, tan and party,'' he laughs. "I take pride in the way I look but am not up myself.'' Zac says his sexiest attribute would have to be his personality. "I'm always keen for a laugh and having fun. I can laugh at myself and can also make other people laugh,'' he says.

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submitted by Lafcadio Hearn Files on 13.05.2013

Masaaki Noda, Hisami Kuroiwa, Mrs Fassianos and Takis Efsthiou

at the Alekos Fassianos Exhibition in New York, 11th May, 2013.

The sculptor Masaaki Noda created the sculpture, The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn.

Hisami Kuroiwa is the producer of the Lafcadio Hearn documentary. She is working with Constandine Giannaris, who is the director-writer.

Alekos Fassianos is a Greek artist of international repute. He draws his subjects from Greek myths, Fayum portraits, Byzantine icons and the shadow theatre. His paintings are also characterised by motion which is emphasised by the hair or cloth waving in the breeze. In his artistic maturity his figures are known for their voluptuousness and the luminosity of the color he uses to highlight the sensuality and the immense pleasure of everyday life.

Next year, to celebrate the 150 celebration of the 1864 re-unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece, Masaaki will instal a sculpture in Lefkada in honor of the Great Lefkadian philosopher (with Kytherian maternal roots), Lafcadio Hearn.

This will coincide with a Symposium to be held in July 2014 in Lefkada.

Also attending will be Hearn's grandson Bon Koizumi and the Mayor of Matsue, Japan.

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Masaaki Noda, Ms Fassianos, Mrs Fassianos and Takis Efsthiou

at the Alecos Fassianos Exhibition in New York, 11th May, 2013/

The sculptor Masaaki Noda created the sculpture, The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn.

Alekos Fassianos is a Greek artist of international repute. He draws his subjects from Greek myths, Fayum portraits, Byzantine icons and the shadow theatre. His paintings are also characterised by motion which is emphasised by the hair or cloth waving in the breeze. In his artistic maturity his figures are known for their voluptuousness and the luminosity of the color he uses to highlight the sensuality and the immense pleasure of everyday life.

Next year, to celebrate the 150 celebration of the 1864 re-unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece, Masaaki will instal a sculpture in Lefkada in honor of the Great Lefkadian philosopher (with Kytherian maternal roots), Lafcadio Hearn.

This will coincide with a Symposium to be held in July 2014 in Lefkada. Also attending will be Hearn's grandson Bon Koizumi and the Mayor of Matsue, Japan.

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submitted by Lafcadio Hearn Files on 06.05.2013

Takis Efsthaiou and Masaaki Noda on the island of Lefkada, in 1995.

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

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Takis Efstathiou organized Masaaki's first one person exhibition at the gallery Cyclades Antiebs in France in1995. At this time Masaaki travelled to Greece for the first time.

He visited Takis holiday house at Coulf, and then travelled to Lefkatha, Delfi and Athens. This visit had a profound infuence on his life and art, and began his involvement with Lafcadio Hearn, Greek culture, and Greece.

Takis Efstathiou then visited Japan for the first time. Together, in 1996 they organsised the Theodoros Stamos exhibition at the Hiro Gallery in Tokyo. Stamos was very keen to visit Japan, as Japanese culture exerted a great influence on his life and work. Stamos created drawings and brush stroke painting such as the "Tea House", which display an obvious Japanese influence. Stamos was ill, unfortunately, and was soon thereafter hospitalized. He could not risk a visit to Japan.

Masaaki enticed Takis Efstahiou to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Okayama, Hiroshima and Matsue. Takis became deeply involved with Japanese culture after this visit.

They have worked together since on a number of cultural projects, including the dedication of superb and significant sculptures to various Greek cities, which have resulted in a strengthening of the relationship between Greece and Japan.


New York Time Obituary of Theodoros Stamos

Theodoros Stamos, 74, Abstract Painter, Dies
By ROBERTA SMITH
Published: February 04, 1997

Theodoros Stamos, a precocious member of Abstract Expressionism's first generation and a prominent figure in a trial that rocked the art world in the 1970's, died on Sunday at the Hatsikosta Hospital in Yiannina, Greece, which he entered 12 days ago. He was 74 and lived in Manhattan and on the island of Lefkada, Greece.

He died of a lung ailment, said Takis Efstathiou, a friend.

Mr. Stamos was never considered an Abstract Expressionist of the first rank, and was nearly a generation younger than its chief innovators. But he committed himself to painting while still a teen-ager and was among the style's earlier adherents. He was also a close friend to many Abstract Expressionist artists, most famously Mark Rothko.

When Rothko committed suicide in 1970, Mr. Stamos had been named one of the three executors of his estate, along with Bernard J. Reis, an accountant, and Morton Levine, a professor of anthropology. In 1971, guardians acting on behalf of Rothko's children filed a petition against the executors charging that they had sold a large group of paintings to Rothko's representative, Marlborough Gallery, at an unusually high discount that was detrimental to his reputation, and that they were wasting the assets of the estate. The petition demanded their dismissal and cancellation of the contracts with Marlborough.

The petition noted that Mr. Reis was an officer of the gallery, and that Mr. Stamos was invited to join the gallery around the time of the sale. He had an exhibition there in 1972. The case eventually led to an eight-month trial that concluded in 1975, when Surrogate Millard A. Midonick ruled that Mr. Stamos and the other executors were guilty of negligence and conflict of interest. He dismissed them, canceled the contracts with Marlborough and levied $9.2 million in fines and assessments. Mr. Stamos paid his share by signing over to the Rothko estate his house, valued at $435,000, although Judge Midonick awarded him a life tenancy.

Mr. Stamos's reputation never recovered. He continued to exhibit his work in New York City, but less frequently, and at less prestigious galleries. His most recent exhibition was at the ACA Gallery in 1992. Nonetheless he exhibited often in other parts of the world, especially in Greece. For an exhibition at the Hiro Gallery in Tokyo in 1996 the biographical data chronicled his involvement with Rothko, his estate and the outcome of the trial.

Theodore Stamos was born in Manhattan on Dec. 31, 1922, the son of Greek immigrants who ran a hat-cleaning and shoeshine shop near St. Mark's Place. He began to draw while recovering from a ruptured spleen at the age of 8. He attended Stuyvesant High School where he studied art, mostly sculpture, for three years, quitting in 1939 just three months before graduation.

During the 1940's, Mr. Stamos supported his painting by running a small frame shop on East 18th Street in Manhattan where his customers included such artists as Arshile Gorky and Fernand Leger. He had his first solo show in New York at the Wakefield Gallery/Bookshop, run by Betty Parsons, who would later become a prominent dealer for Abstract Expressionists.

He was included in the 1945 Whitney Biennial; in 1946, the Museum of Modern Art acquired one of his paintings. The Modern also included his work in its legendary touring exhibition ''The New American Painting,'' which introduced Abstract Expressionism to European audiences in 1958 and '59. Between the late 1940's and 1970, Mr. Stamos exhibited regularly in New York, first with Ms. Parsons and then with Andre Emmerich.

Mr. Stamos's artistic style coalesced in the late 1940's and involved muted colors and soft-edged organic shapes somewhat influenced by the work of Milton Avery and William Baziotes. It was a style that he adhered to for the rest of his life, sometimes paring down the shapes to glowing fissures of color. Its strengths lay in its sense of muffled light and its sensitive, modulated surface. In the late 1980's, these surfaces turned thick and lunar and at times the lines of color would be backed by relaxed, squarish shapes reminiscent of Rothko's compositions.

Mr. Stamos's work is represented in public collections around the world.

He is survived by three sisters, Georgina Savas and Chrisula Venetsianos, of Manhattan, and Kostas Stamastelos

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Masaaki Noda, Bon Koizumi and Talis Efsthiou, on the grounds of the Matsue Museum,

...Japan on July 5th 1996.

How internationally reknowned sculptor Masaaki Noda became involved with Lafcadio Hearn through Takis Efstathiou.

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

Takis Efstathiou organized Masaaki's first one person exhibition at the gallery Cyclades Antiebs in France in1995. At this time Masaaki travelled to Greece for the first time.

He visited Takis holiday house at Coulf, and then travelled to Lefkatha, Delfi and Athens. This visit had a profound infuence on his life and art, and began his involvement with Lafcadio Hearn, Greek culture, and Greece.

Takis Efstathiou then visited Japan for the first time. Together, in 1996 they organsised the Theodoros Stamos exhibition at the Hiro Gallery in Tokyo. Stamos was very keen to visit Japan, as Japanese culture exerted a great influence on his life and work. Stamos created drawings and brush stroke painting such as the "Tea House", which display an obvious Japanese influence. Stamos was ill, unfortunately, and was soon thereafter hospitalized. He could not risk a visit to Japan.

Masaaki enticed Takis Efstahiou to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Okayama, Hiroshima and Matsue. Takis became deeply involved with Japanese culture after this visit.

They have worked together since on a number of cultural projects, including the dedication of superb and significant sculptures to various Greek cities, which have resulted in a strengthening of the relationship between Greece and Japan.


New York Time Obituary of Theodoros Stamos

Theodoros Stamos, 74, Abstract Painter, Dies
By ROBERTA SMITH
Published: February 04, 1997

Theodoros Stamos, a precocious member of Abstract Expressionism's first generation and a prominent figure in a trial that rocked the art world in the 1970's, died on Sunday at the Hatsikosta Hospital in Yiannina, Greece, which he entered 12 days ago. He was 74 and lived in Manhattan and on the island of Lefkada, Greece.

He died of a lung ailment, said Takis Efstathiou, a friend.

Mr. Stamos was never considered an Abstract Expressionist of the first rank, and was nearly a generation younger than its chief innovators. But he committed himself to painting while still a teen-ager and was among the style's earlier adherents. He was also a close friend to many Abstract Expressionist artists, most famously Mark Rothko.

When Rothko committed suicide in 1970, Mr. Stamos had been named one of the three executors of his estate, along with Bernard J. Reis, an accountant, and Morton Levine, a professor of anthropology. In 1971, guardians acting on behalf of Rothko's children filed a petition against the executors charging that they had sold a large group of paintings to Rothko's representative, Marlborough Gallery, at an unusually high discount that was detrimental to his reputation, and that they were wasting the assets of the estate. The petition demanded their dismissal and cancellation of the contracts with Marlborough.

The petition noted that Mr. Reis was an officer of the gallery, and that Mr. Stamos was invited to join the gallery around the time of the sale. He had an exhibition there in 1972. The case eventually led to an eight-month trial that concluded in 1975, when Surrogate Millard A. Midonick ruled that Mr. Stamos and the other executors were guilty of negligence and conflict of interest. He dismissed them, canceled the contracts with Marlborough and levied $9.2 million in fines and assessments. Mr. Stamos paid his share by signing over to the Rothko estate his house, valued at $435,000, although Judge Midonick awarded him a life tenancy.

Mr. Stamos's reputation never recovered. He continued to exhibit his work in New York City, but less frequently, and at less prestigious galleries. His most recent exhibition was at the ACA Gallery in 1992. Nonetheless he exhibited often in other parts of the world, especially in Greece. For an exhibition at the Hiro Gallery in Tokyo in 1996 the biographical data chronicled his involvement with Rothko, his estate and the outcome of the trial.

Theodore Stamos was born in Manhattan on Dec. 31, 1922, the son of Greek immigrants who ran a hat-cleaning and shoeshine shop near St. Mark's Place. He began to draw while recovering from a ruptured spleen at the age of 8. He attended Stuyvesant High School where he studied art, mostly sculpture, for three years, quitting in 1939 just three months before graduation.

During the 1940's, Mr. Stamos supported his painting by running a small frame shop on East 18th Street in Manhattan where his customers included such artists as Arshile Gorky and Fernand Leger. He had his first solo show in New York at the Wakefield Gallery/Bookshop, run by Betty Parsons, who would later become a prominent dealer for Abstract Expressionists.

He was included in the 1945 Whitney Biennial; in 1946, the Museum of Modern Art acquired one of his paintings. The Modern also included his work in its legendary touring exhibition ''The New American Painting,'' which introduced Abstract Expressionism to European audiences in 1958 and '59. Between the late 1940's and 1970, Mr. Stamos exhibited regularly in New York, first with Ms. Parsons and then with Andre Emmerich.

Mr. Stamos's artistic style coalesced in the late 1940's and involved muted colors and soft-edged organic shapes somewhat influenced by the work of Milton Avery and William Baziotes. It was a style that he adhered to for the rest of his life, sometimes paring down the shapes to glowing fissures of color. Its strengths lay in its sense of muffled light and its sensitive, modulated surface. In the late 1980's, these surfaces turned thick and lunar and at times the lines of color would be backed by relaxed, squarish shapes reminiscent of Rothko's compositions.

Mr. Stamos's work is represented in public collections around the world.

He is survived by three sisters, Georgina Savas and Chrisula Venetsianos, of Manhattan, and Kostas Stamastelos

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submitted by Lafcadio Hearn Files on 06.05.2013

Masaaki Noda with Takis Efsthiou and Lafcadio Hearn's grandson, Bon Koizumi at the Matsue Muesum, in Japan on July 5th 1996

How internationally reknowned sculptor Masaaki Noda became involved with Lafcadio Hearn through Takis Efstathiou.

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

Takis Efstathiou organized Masaaki's first one person exhibition at the gallery Cyclades Antiebs in France in1995. At this time Masaaki travelled to Greece for the first time.

He visited Takis holiday house at Coulf, and then travelled to Lefkatha, Delfi and Athens. This visit had a profound infuence on his life and art, and began his involvement with Lafcadio Hearn, Greek culture, and Greece.

Takis Efstathiou then visited Japan for the first time. Together, in 1996 they organsised the Theodoros Stamos exhibition at the Hiro Gallery in Tokyo. Stamos was very keen to visit Japan, as Japanese culture exerted a great influence on his life and work. Stamos created drawings and brush stroke painting such as the "Tea House", which display an obvious Japanese influence. Stamos was ill, unfortunately, and was soon thereafter hospitalized. He could not risk a visit to Japan.

Masaaki enticed Takis Efstahiou to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Okayama, Hiroshima and Matsue. Takis became deeply involved with Japanese culture after this visit.

They have worked together since on a number of cultural projects, including the dedication of superb and significant sculptures to various Greek cities, which have resulted in a strengthening of the relationship between Greece and Japan.


New York Time Obituary of Theodoros Stamos

Theodoros Stamos, 74, Abstract Painter, Dies
By ROBERTA SMITH
Published: February 04, 1997

Theodoros Stamos, a precocious member of Abstract Expressionism's first generation and a prominent figure in a trial that rocked the art world in the 1970's, died on Sunday at the Hatsikosta Hospital in Yiannina, Greece, which he entered 12 days ago. He was 74 and lived in Manhattan and on the island of Lefkada, Greece.

He died of a lung ailment, said Takis Efstathiou, a friend.

Mr. Stamos was never considered an Abstract Expressionist of the first rank, and was nearly a generation younger than its chief innovators. But he committed himself to painting while still a teen-ager and was among the style's earlier adherents. He was also a close friend to many Abstract Expressionist artists, most famously Mark Rothko.

When Rothko committed suicide in 1970, Mr. Stamos had been named one of the three executors of his estate, along with Bernard J. Reis, an accountant, and Morton Levine, a professor of anthropology. In 1971, guardians acting on behalf of Rothko's children filed a petition against the executors charging that they had sold a large group of paintings to Rothko's representative, Marlborough Gallery, at an unusually high discount that was detrimental to his reputation, and that they were wasting the assets of the estate. The petition demanded their dismissal and cancellation of the contracts with Marlborough.

The petition noted that Mr. Reis was an officer of the gallery, and that Mr. Stamos was invited to join the gallery around the time of the sale. He had an exhibition there in 1972. The case eventually led to an eight-month trial that concluded in 1975, when Surrogate Millard A. Midonick ruled that Mr. Stamos and the other executors were guilty of negligence and conflict of interest. He dismissed them, canceled the contracts with Marlborough and levied $9.2 million in fines and assessments. Mr. Stamos paid his share by signing over to the Rothko estate his house, valued at $435,000, although Judge Midonick awarded him a life tenancy.

Mr. Stamos's reputation never recovered. He continued to exhibit his work in New York City, but less frequently, and at less prestigious galleries. His most recent exhibition was at the ACA Gallery in 1992. Nonetheless he exhibited often in other parts of the world, especially in Greece. For an exhibition at the Hiro Gallery in Tokyo in 1996 the biographical data chronicled his involvement with Rothko, his estate and the outcome of the trial.

Theodore Stamos was born in Manhattan on Dec. 31, 1922, the son of Greek immigrants who ran a hat-cleaning and shoeshine shop near St. Mark's Place. He began to draw while recovering from a ruptured spleen at the age of 8. He attended Stuyvesant High School where he studied art, mostly sculpture, for three years, quitting in 1939 just three months before graduation.

During the 1940's, Mr. Stamos supported his painting by running a small frame shop on East 18th Street in Manhattan where his customers included such artists as Arshile Gorky and Fernand Leger. He had his first solo show in New York at the Wakefield Gallery/Bookshop, run by Betty Parsons, who would later become a prominent dealer for Abstract Expressionists.

He was included in the 1945 Whitney Biennial; in 1946, the Museum of Modern Art acquired one of his paintings. The Modern also included his work in its legendary touring exhibition ''The New American Painting,'' which introduced Abstract Expressionism to European audiences in 1958 and '59. Between the late 1940's and 1970, Mr. Stamos exhibited regularly in New York, first with Ms. Parsons and then with Andre Emmerich.

Mr. Stamos's artistic style coalesced in the late 1940's and involved muted colors and soft-edged organic shapes somewhat influenced by the work of Milton Avery and William Baziotes. It was a style that he adhered to for the rest of his life, sometimes paring down the shapes to glowing fissures of color. Its strengths lay in its sense of muffled light and its sensitive, modulated surface. In the late 1980's, these surfaces turned thick and lunar and at times the lines of color would be backed by relaxed, squarish shapes reminiscent of Rothko's compositions.

Mr. Stamos's work is represented in public collections around the world.

He is survived by three sisters, Georgina Savas and Chrisula Venetsianos, of Manhattan, and Kostas Stamastelos

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submitted by George Zantis on 23.04.2013

Ευγενία Ζαντιώτης (Eugenia Zantis)

In Loving Memory of Ευγενία Ζαντιώτης (Eugenia Zantis)

3/8/1921 - 25/6/2012

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Evyenia was born on 3rd August, 1921 on the Vouno, the village of her maternal grandparents’ house, on the island of Kythera, in an area between the villages of Karava and Ayia Pelayia to parents Theodoros and Stamatoula Zantiotis. Her father built a house in Ayia Pelayia where she and her two younger sisters Haroula and the late Rothopi lived a simple life. During her childhood and teen years, she helped her parents with the harvesting of the local produce and tending to the farm animals.

She attended school in Karava on foot from Ayia Pelayia. During this period, she also experienced the hardship of WWII, where her family had to move to her grandparents’ home whilst the enemy occupied their sea side house as a base.

After the war ended, Evyenia moved to Kalithea in Athens to learn dress making. She lived with relatives and worked in their tavern. As many of her generation, post WWII, she migrated to Australia in 1948 to start a new life. She came by Marcellos Company’s plane which was unusual at this time as most travelled by boat. The plane trip took two months to arrive in Australia as there were mechanical faults and a one month wait in Calcutta, India. There were other interesting ports of call including; Cyprus, Iraq, Pakistan, Burma, Singapore and finally Darwin.

On her arrival in Sydney, her Capsanis uncles took her to Oberon and then later Evyenia stayed with Venardos relatives in Bathurst. In the next few months she met the man of her dreams who was to become her husband - Haralambos Zantiotis / Harry Zantis. Thanks to some encouragement by his eldest brother, Sarandos and the Venardos family, Evyenia and Harry were married in 1948 in Ayia Triada Greek Orthodox Church in Surry Hills.

Evyenia then moved to start her married life with her husband, where he resided in the NSW country towns of Inverell and Warialda. She worked alongside her husband’s brothers and their families.

In 1950 they were blessed with their first son George and three years later their second son Theo. Evyenia was a very devoted wife and mother who lived for her family. As times changed, she and her family moved to Sydney in 1954, to Auburn where they ran the Top Milk Bar till 1969. She worked hard in the shop for long hours.

One of her pleasures was entertaining many relatives and friends. She was an excellent cook and her specialties were spanakopita with a thick crust and the honey dipped sweets melomacarouna. Evyenia also had a determined characteristic of keeping a daily diary of her activities till the very end - something that will be treasured by her family.

In 1969 the family moved to a residential area one block away and Evyenia enjoyed the next few years raising her family and socializing. In 1977 she had much joy in the marriage of her son Theo to Matina and not long after, she, after 25 years and her husband after 54 years, made the long awaited trip back to Kythera to relive many memories. Her joy increased even more in 1979 when her first grandson Harry was born to be followed by another blessing with a second grandson Evan in 1981 and to see them grow up and be fine young men.

Many years of happiness followed but sadly her dearly beloved husband Harry passed in 1991. As most Kytherian migrant woman of her era, she continued with her great strength in assisting her family. In 1993 and 1994 she again made trips to her beautiful island of birth to revisit family and friends and with her very strong Greek Orthodox beliefs made her promised pilgrimages to the Panayia Myrtidiotissa Monastery. A change of residency occurred to Lakemba, on the infamous day of September 11th, 2001 where she and her son George lived till the present. In 2010 her grandson Evan gave her even more happiness when he married Joanne.

Evyenia was a woman of strong character, kindness and great style who always put her family, relatives, Koumbari, Godchildren and friends first. May she forever rest in peace.


George Zantis

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submitted by Dean Coroneos on 23.04.2013

Mrs Marendy on the right.

The other 2 women were from Kastellorizo names unknown.

Queensland