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submitted by Koula Veneris on 31.05.2014

Menu from the Hume Weir Cafe, Albury NSW

Menu from the late 1940's-1950's

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Menu from the Hume Weir Cafe, Albury NSW

Menu from the late 1940's-1950's

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Hume Weir Cafe, Albury NSW 1953

George Travassaros owner of the Hume Weir Cafe in Dean St Albury.

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The Spot Cafe, Albury NSW

The Spot Cafe in Dean St Albury owned by Dimitrios Veneris. The three waitresses were Australian ladies. The men in the photo from left to right were John Veneris, Dimitrios Veneris, Andreas Fatseas and George Veneris. John and George were Dimitrios' sons.
Photo taken in the early 1950's.

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submitted by Roxy Museum Bingara on 19.05.2014

The presence of a donkey is mandatory at grand Roxy functions

This Bingara local will soon star in a movie about Simpson's donkey, set in Gallipoli.

Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum

View / Download a copy of this article as a .pdf:

Report_ Roxy_Greek_ Museum_Opening _Bingara_April_2014.pdf

Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Ellinon_Logos_Greek_Article_on_Roxy_Museum Sat_May_3rd_2014_p28.pdf

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

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submitted by Roxy Museum Bingara on 19.05.2014

One of the antique cars that made the journey to Bingara

to be part of the Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum

View / Download a copy of this article as a .pdf:

Report_ Roxy_Greek_ Museum_Opening _Bingara_April_2014.pdf

Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Ellinon_Logos_Greek_Article_on_Roxy_Museum Sat_May_3rd_2014_p28.pdf

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Roxy Museum Bingara on 19.05.2014

Some of the beautiful antique cars that made the journey to Bingara

to be part of the Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum

View / Download a copy of this article as a .pdf:

Report_ Roxy_Greek_ Museum_Opening _Bingara_April_2014.pdf

Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Ellinon_Logos_Greek_Article_on_Roxy_Museum Sat_May_3rd_2014_p28.pdf

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Roxy Museum Bingara on 19.05.2014

Leeah Daley (right) with Max Eastcott and his wife Lisa (centre)

at the grand opening ceremony of the Roxy Museum

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum

View / Download a copy of this article as a .pdf:

Report_ Roxy_Greek_ Museum_Opening _Bingara_April_2014.pdf

Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Ellinon_Logos_Greek_Article_on_Roxy_Museum Sat_May_3rd_2014_p28.pdf

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Roxy Museum Bingara on 13.05.2014

Max Eastcott with wife Lisa at the Roxy Greek Museum opening

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum

View / Download a copy of this article as a .pdf:

Report_ Roxy_Greek_ Museum_Opening _Bingara_April_2014.pdf

Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Ellinon_Logos_Greek_Article_on_Roxy_Museum Sat_May_3rd_2014_p28.pdf

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Roxy Museum Bingara on 13.05.2014

Olive trees planted adjacent to the Roxy 'complex' Bingara

View from the Roxy Cafe (eastern) end.

These plants, eight (8) in total form were sold for $500 each, in memory of past Greek-Australian immigrants to Australia, and the children of immigrants.

The olive grove concept is part of the Roxy Greek Museum opening ceremony.

Youn are encouraged to pay tribute to a Greek family member or friend who has made the journey to Australia by purchasing an olive tree

Now is your opportunity to make a lasting tribute to your family and friends. For $100 you can purchase an olive tree to be planted in the Bingara Olive Grove.

The Olive Tree Grove provides a unique opportunity to honor our immigrant forbears, family members and friends. It is a permanent reminder of our heritage and the values of tolerance and unity in diversity, as well as the immense contribution Greek Australian’s have made to Australian society.

All you have to do is provide a name and a brief description about your chosen person; this will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website and a tree will then be planted in their honour.

You can register with as little information as the person’s name and place of origin. Once you have registered you can also include a short 100 word story about the person, along with arrival and other personal details. This optional information is held on the Roxy database and appears on the Olive Tree website. It can be submitted at any time.

Eight trees have been planted in Cunningham Street, Bingara next to the Roxy museum. These cost $500 each, and they were ALL very quickly sold.

Olive tree photos Cunningham Street.pdf

Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf

The larger grove has been planted at The Living Classroom further along Cunningham Street. When you register you will be given a unique tree number and you can view your exact olive tree location and the information about your chosen person by visiting the Roxy Greek Museum Website, you can also visit the tree in person at The Living Classroom.

Click here to Register Online

or

alternatively click here to download the registration form

Please send your form along with a cheque to:

Bingara Visitor Information Centre
Locked Bag 5
Bingara NSW 2404

Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum

View / Download a copy of this article as a .pdf:

Report_ Roxy_Greek_ Museum_Opening _Bingara_April_2014.pdf

Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Ellinon_Logos_Greek_Article_on_Roxy_Museum Sat_May_3rd_2014_p28.pdf

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Roxy Museum Bingara on 13.05.2014

Established olive trees adjoining the northern wall of the Roxy 'complex' Bingara

These plants, eight (8) in total form were sold for $500 each, in memory of past Greek-Australian immigrants to Australia, and the children of immigrants.

The olive grove concept is part of the Roxy Greek Museum opening ceremony.

Youn are encouraged to pay tribute to a Greek family member or friend who has made the journey to Australia by purchasing an olive tree

Now is your opportunity to make a lasting tribute to your family and friends. For $100 you can purchase an olive tree to be planted in the Bingara Olive Grove.

The Olive Tree Grove provides a unique opportunity to honor our immigrant forebears, family members and friends. It is a permanent reminder of our heritage and the values of tolerance and unity in diversity, as well as the immense contribution Greek Australian’s have made to Australian society.

All you have to do is provide a name and a brief description about your chosen person; this will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website and a tree will then be planted in their honour.

You can register with as little information as the person’s name and place of origin. Once you have registered you can also include a short 100 word story about the person, along with arrival and other personal details. This optional information is held on the Roxy database and appears on the Olive Tree website. It can be submitted at any time.

Eight trees have been planted in Cunningham Street, Bingara next to the Roxy museum. These cost $500 each, and they were ALL very quickly sold.

Olive tree photos Cunningham Street.pdf

Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf

The larger grove has been planted at The Living Classroom further along Cunningham Street. When you register you will be given a unique tree number and you can view your exact olive tree location and the information about your chosen person by visiting the Roxy Greek Museum Website, you can also visit the tree in person at The Living Classroom.

Click here to Register Online

or

alternatively click here to download the registration form

Please send your form along with a cheque to:

Bingara Visitor Information Centre
Locked Bag 5
Bingara NSW 2404

Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum

View / Download a copy of this article as a .pdf:

Report_ Roxy_Greek_ Museum_Opening _Bingara_April_2014.pdf

Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Ellinon_Logos_Greek_Article_on_Roxy_Museum Sat_May_3rd_2014_p28.pdf

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Roxy Museum Bingara on 13.05.2014

Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden

Located in The Living Classroom, ecological area, Bingara NSW, and incorporated into the Roxy Museum project.

Pay tribute to a Greek family member or friend who has made the journey to Australia by purchasing an olive tree

Now is your opportunity to make a lasting tribute to your family and friends. For $100 you can purchase an olive tree to be planted in the Bingara Olive Grove.

Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf

The Olive Tree Grove provides a unique opportunity to honor our immigrant forbears, family members and friends. It is a permanent reminder of our heritage and the values of tolerance and unity in diversity, as well as the immense contribution Greek Australian’s have made to Australian society.

All you have to do is provide a name and a brief description about your chosen person; this will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website and a tree will then be planted in their honour.

You can register with as little information as the person’s name and place of origin. Once you have registered you can also include a short 100 word story about the person, along with arrival and other personal details. This optional information is held on the Roxy database and appears on the Olive Tree website. It can be submitted at any time.

Eight trees have been planted in Cunningham Street, Bingara next to the Roxy museum. These cost $500 each, and they were ALL very quickly sold.

Olive tree photos Cunningham Street.pdf

The larger grove has been planted at The Living Classroom further along Cunningham Street. When you register you will be given a unique tree number and you can view your exact olive tree location and the information about your chosen person by visiting the Roxy Greek Museum Website, you can also visit the tree in person at The Living Classroom.

Click here to Register Online

or

alternatively click here to download the registration form

Please send your form along with a cheque to:

Bingara Visitor Information Centre
Locked Bag 5
Bingara NSW 2404

Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum

View / Download a copy of this article as a .pdf:

Report_ Roxy_Greek_ Museum_Opening _Bingara_April_2014.pdf

Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Ellinon_Logos_Greek_Article_on_Roxy_Museum Sat_May_3rd_2014_p28.pdf

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Roxy Museum Bingara on 13.05.2014

Olive Tree Memorial Garden

As part of the Roxy Greek Museum opening ceremony

Pay tribute to a Greek family member or friend who has made the journey to Australia by purchasing an olive tree

Now is your opportunity to make a lasting tribute to your family and friends. For $100 you can purchase an olive tree to be planted in the Bingara Olive Grove.

The Olive Tree Grove provides a unique opportunity to honor our immigrant forbears, family members and friends. It is a permanent reminder of our heritage and the values of tolerance and unity in diversity, as well as the immense contribution Greek Australian’s have made to Australian society.

All you have to do is provide a name and a brief description about your chosen person; this will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website and a tree will then be planted in their honour.

You can register with as little information as the person’s name and place of origin. Once you have registered you can also include a short 100 word story about the person, along with arrival and other personal details. This optional information is held on the Roxy database and appears on the Olive Tree website. It can be submitted at any time.

Eight trees have been planted in Cunningham Street, Bingara next to the Roxy museum. These cost $500 each, and they were ALL very quickly sold.

Olive tree photos Cunningham Street.pdf

Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf

The larger grove has been planted at The Living Classroom further along Cunningham Street. When you register you will be given a unique tree number and you can view your exact olive tree location and the information about your chosen person by visiting the Roxy Greek Museum Website, you can also visit the tree in person at The Living Classroom.

Click here to Register Online

or

alternatively click here to download the registration form

Please send your form along with a cheque to:

Bingara Visitor Information Centre
Locked Bag 5
Bingara NSW 2404

Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum

View / Download a copy of this article as a .pdf:

Report_ Roxy_Greek_ Museum_Opening _Bingara_April_2014.pdf

Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Ellinon_Logos_Greek_Article_on_Roxy_Museum Sat_May_3rd_2014_p28.pdf

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Roxy Museum Bingara on 13.05.2014

Roxy founders grand children and a god child after the tree planting ceremony

conducted at the Roxy Museum opening, Sunday 6th April, 2014.

The Founders tree was planted opposite the northern window of the Roxy Cafe. It was planted in honour of the founders of the Roxy, Emanuel Aroney (from the village of Aroniadika), Peter Feros (from the village of Mitata) and George Psaltis (from the village of Frilingianika), Kythera.

Photograph: (Left to right) Peter Aroney, Emmanuel Aroney, James Aroney, Peter Prineas and Arthur (Athanasios) Stathakis.

The three Aroney's brothers are grandsons of Emmanuel Aroney. Peter Prineas is a grandson of Peter Feros. Arthur is a godson of George Psaltis.

Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, conducted the olive tree planting ceremony.

Program, Sunday 6th April, 2014

Report_ Roxy_Greek_ Museum_Opening _Bingara_April_2014.pdf

Daylight saving finished at 3am on Sunday morning when clocks were wound back one hour
.
The museum was open from 10am until 5pm

10.00am Olive Tree Planting Ceremony and Olive Tree Markets

A tree planting ceremony was held on Cunningham Street on the footpath adjacent to the Roxy Café. This heralded the commencement of the Gwydir Greek Olive Grove planted in recognition of Greek Immigration to
Australia.

Local olive producers had stalls featuring local products. The Kytherian Association of Australia also sold books distributed by the Kytherian Association of Australia, and gave away copies of the Newsletter and Kytherian Ball programs.

Those in attendance were invited to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who had made the journey to Australia by purchasing an olive tree for $100.00. Eight (8) trees adjacent to the Roxy were for sale for $500. ALL these trees have now been sold.

Purchasers were asked to provide their name and a brief description and life history of those for whom they had purchased the tree(s). These will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will then be planted in their honour.

10.30am Introduction to the Roxy Greek Museum by the museum curator, Peter Prineas.

11.30am Screening of the film - Caddie
'Caddie' is a 1976 movie directed by Donald Crombie 'Caddie' is a 1976 movie directed by Donald Crombie and representative of the Australian film renaissance of that decade. Set around the time of the Great Depression, it tells the story of Caddie (played by Helen Morse), a young middle class woman struggling to raise two children after her marriage break up. After a failed affair with a sharp bookmaker (Jack Thompson) Caddie falls in love with a Greek man (Takis Emmanuel). The story
includes scenes of Greek community life in Australia in the 1930s. 'Caddie' made Helen Morse a local star and earned Jacki Weaver and Melissa Jaffer Australian Film Institute Awards. The film ended at 1.16pm

1.30pm Screening of the Film - 'Rembetika: The Blues Of Greece'
On loan from the National Sound and Film Archive, Rembetika: The Blues of Greece is narrated by Anthony Quinn and full of Greek Rembetika music, a kind of Greek blues popular both in Greece and the Greek diaspora. The film ended at 2.17pm

2.30pm Screening of the film - Saturday Night at the Movies.
A look at the grand picture palaces of Australia's past,
including Bingara's Roxy Theatre. Film ended at 3.30pm

5.00pm End of the Roxy Museum opening weekend.

Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum

View / Download a copy of this article as a .pdf:

Report 2014 Roxy Bingara.pdf

Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Ellinon_Logos_Greek_Article_on_Roxy_Museum Sat_May_3rd_2014_p28.pdf

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Roxy Museum Bingara on 13.05.2014

The Founders tree was planted on the corner of Cunningham Street, Bingara

Opposite the northern window of the Roxy Cafe.

It was planted in honour of the founders of the Roxy, Emanuel Aroney (from the village of Aroniadika), Peter Feros (from the village of Mitata) and George Psaltis (from the village of Frilingianika), Kythera.

Photograph: Athur (Athanasios) Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis is seen here shovelling the last bit of soil around the roots.

Standing on the far right is Peter Prineas, grandson of Peter Feros, and next to him is Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney.

Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, conducted the olive tree planting ceremony.

Program, Sunday 6th April, 2014

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

Daylight saving finished at 3am on Sunday morning when clocks were wound back one hour
.
The museum was open from 10am until 5pm

10.00am Olive Tree Planting Ceremony and Olive Tree Markets

A tree planting ceremony was held on Cunningham Street on the footpath adjacent to the Roxy Café. This heralded the commencement of the Gwydir Greek Olive Grove planted in recognition of Greek Immigration to
Australia.

Local olive producers had stalls featuring local products. The Kytherian Association of Australia also sold books distributed by the Kytherian Association of Australia, and gave away copies of the Newsletter and Kytherian Ball programs.

Those in attendance were invited to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who had made the journey to Australia by purchasing an olive tree for $100.00. Eight (8) trees adjacent to the Roxy were for sale for $500. ALL these trees have now been sold.

Purchasers were asked to provide their name and a brief description and life history of those for whom they had purchased the tree(s). These will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will then be planted in their honour.

10.30am Introduction to the Roxy Greek Museum by the museum curator, Peter Prineas.

11.30am Screening of the film - Caddie
'Caddie' is a 1976 movie directed by Donald Crombie 'Caddie' is a 1976 movie directed by Donald Crombie and representative of the Australian film renaissance of that decade. Set around the time of the Great Depression, it tells the story of Caddie (played by Helen Morse), a young middle class woman struggling to raise two children after her marriage break up. After a failed affair with a sharp bookmaker (Jack Thompson) Caddie falls in love with a Greek man (Takis Emmanuel). The story
includes scenes of Greek community life in Australia in the 1930s. 'Caddie' made Helen Morse a local star and earned Jacki Weaver and Melissa Jaffer Australian Film Institute Awards. The film ended at 1.16pm

1.30pm Screening of the Film - 'Rembetika: The Blues Of Greece'
On loan from the National Sound and Film Archive, Rembetika: The Blues of Greece is narrated by Anthony Quinn and full of Greek Rembetika music, a kind of Greek blues popular both in Greece and the Greek diaspora. The film ended at 2.17pm

2.30pm Screening of the film - Saturday Night at the Movies.
A look at the grand picture palaces of Australia's past,
including Bingara's Roxy Theatre. Film ended at 3.30pm

5.00pm End of the Roxy Museum opening weekend.

Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum

View / Download a copy of this article as a .pdf:

Report_ Roxy_Greek_ Museum_Opening _Bingara_April_2014.pdf

Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Ellinon_Logos_Greek_Article_on_Roxy_Museum Sat_May_3rd_2014_p28.pdf

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Roxy Museum Bingara on 06.05.2014

The Sunday Program included the very important Olive Tree planting at 10:00 am

Photograph: Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, conducting the olive tree planting ceremony in honour of the founders of the Roxy, Emanuel Aroney (from the village of
Aroniadika), Peter Feros (from the village of Mitata) and George Psaltis (from the village of Frilingianika), Kythera.

The tree over Tim's right shoulder is one of the eight (8) well established olive trees that have been sold for $500 each. They have been planted on the verge of the footpath along the whole northern face of the Roxy complex in Cunningham Street.

Program, Sunday 6th April, 2014

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

Daylight saving finished at 3am on Sunday morning when clocks were wound back one hour
.
The museum was open from 10am until 5pm

10.00am Olive Tree Planting Ceremony and Olive Tree Markets

A tree planting ceremony was held on Cunningham Street on the footpath adjacent to the Roxy Café. This heralded the commencement of the Gwydir Greek Olive Grove planted in recognition of Greek Immigration to
Australia.

Local olive producers had stalls featuring local products. The Kytherian Association of Australia also sold books distributed by the Kytherian Association of Australia, and gave away copies of the Newsletter and Kytherian Ball programs.

Those in attendance were invited to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who had made the journey to Australia by purchasing an olive tree for $100.00. Eight (8) trees adjacent to the Roxy were for sale for $500. ALL these trees have now been sold.

Purchasers were asked to provide their name and a brief description and life history of those for whom they had purchased the tree(s). These will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will then be planted in their honour.

10.30am Introduction to the Roxy Greek Museum by the museum curator, Peter Prineas.

11.30am Screening of the film - Caddie
'Caddie' is a 1976 movie directed by Donald Crombie 'Caddie' is a 1976 movie directed by Donald Crombie and representative of the Australian film renaissance of that decade. Set around the time of the Great Depression, it tells the story of Caddie (played by Helen Morse), a young middle class woman struggling to raise two children after her marriage break up. After a failed affair with a sharp bookmaker (Jack Thompson) Caddie falls in love with a Greek man (Takis Emmanuel). The story
includes scenes of Greek community life in Australia in the 1930s. 'Caddie' made Helen Morse a local star and earned Jacki Weaver and Melissa Jaffer Australian Film Institute Awards. The film ended at 1.16pm

1.30pm Screening of the Film - 'Rembetika: The Blues Of Greece'
On loan from the National Sound and Film Archive, Rembetika: The Blues of Greece is narrated by Anthony Quinn and full of Greek Rembetika music, a kind of Greek blues popular both in Greece and the Greek diaspora. The film ended at 2.17pm

2.30pm Screening of the film - Saturday Night at the Movies.
A look at the grand picture palaces of Australia's past,
including Bingara's Roxy Theatre. Film ended at 3.30pm

5.00pm End of the Roxy Museum opening weekend.

Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum

View / Download a copy of this article as a .pdf:

Report 2014 Roxy Bingara.pdf

Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Ellinon_Logos_Greek_Article_on_Roxy_Museum Sat_May_3rd_2014_p28.pdf

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Ellinon Logos Newspaper on 13.05.2014

Roxy. The Hellenic Museum in Bingara

Greek article published in the Ellinon Logos Newspaper, Saturday May 3rd, 2014, page 28.

The article is an abridged Greek version of the report

Ellinon_Logos_Greek_Article_on_Roxy_Museum Sat_May_3rd_2014_p28.pdf

Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum

View / Download a copy of this article as a .pdf:

Report_ Roxy_Greek_ Museum_Opening _Bingara_April_2014.pdf

Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Roxy Museum Bingara on 13.05.2014

The outdoor setting led to a great deal of conviviality and generated much kefi

at the Roxy Museum opening Ball. 5th April, 2014, Bingara, NSW.

Greek Roxy Museum completes the Roxy masterpiece

Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum


View / Download a copy of this article as a .pdf:

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by North West Magazine on 05.05.2014

Greek heritage preserved at Bingara’s famous Roxy Theatre

Photograph: Shane Jacobson and Paul Hogan admire Bingara’s Roxy Theatre.

Greek_Heritage_Preserved_North_West_Magazine_Mar_31_2014_p_6.pdf

After years of planning and fundraising the vision of the Roxy Greek Museum is finally coming to fruition as the installation of the museum commenced last week in the downstairs wing of the Roxy Theatre, heralding the final chapter in the building’s magnificent return to glory.

Made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales ministry for Arts and several substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community. the Museum will be officially opened on Saturday, of April 5, by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself.

As part of the two-day event there will be guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests and antique car displays.

The highlight of the weekend will be the Gala dinner held on the Saturday evening.

Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner will be an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars.
Guests will be invited to dance the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, one of the best Greek party bands performing in the country.

No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Ball will be no exception.

The festivities continue on the Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive Grove which will be marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street near the Roxy Café.

The olive trees will be planted in recognition of Greek Immigration to Australia.

Local community members and visitors will have the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has made the journey to Australia by purchasing an olive tree for $100.

Participants are then required to provide a name and a brief description about them, which will appear on the Greek Museum website, and a tree will then be planted in tribute.

The first tree planted as part of the launch will be dedicated to the three Greek men who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 – Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis.

Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros and the Greek museum curator, will plant the tree in their honour.

Six of the trees will be planted on Cunningham Street with the remainder of the trees to be planted at The Living Classroom.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in country Australia.

It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural associations between people and place.

It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek café and cinema operators to ensure the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of people is not forgotten.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia, said.
“Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia and inevitably the world,” he added.

For more information or tickets to the event please call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit the Roxy website or for interview opportunities and photos please contact Georgia Standerwick, Roxy Manager.

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

Greek_Heritage_Preserved_North_West_Magazine_Mar_31_2014_p_6.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

Αυστραλία: Γιόρτασαν όλοι μαζί την προσφορά των Ελλήνων

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 13.05.2014

Dr. Marie Bashir, addressing the attendees at the Roxy Greek Museum launch

Over 300 people joined in a night of Greek feasting under the stars on Saturday to celebrate the opening by the NSW Governor, Her Excellency, Dr. Marie Bashir, of the Roxy Greek Museum.

Other official guests included Minister for the Arts and Kytherian cafe kid, The Hon George Souris, Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, Ambassador of Greece, Charalambos Dafaranos, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia Victor Kepreotis, and Roxy Museum Committee Trust members, Peter Prineas, and George Poulos.

The governor spoke about the way the Greek people had fitted into creating what is the Australian spirit.

“Beautiful Bingara has given so much to our state over the years in so many ways, contributing to the great sense of community, to our soldiers who went to two world wars and indeed, to that sense of mateship and rural prosperity", Dr Bashir said.

“Major contributors to that sense of community and wellbeing have been the members of the Greek community who have gone to so many country towns and added to the culture and prosperity of those country towns such as Bingara.”

Dr. Bashir spoke of the contribution the Greek people have made to civilisation over thousands of years.

“Now the wise people of Bingara, Cr. Coulton and your fellow councillors have had the wisdom to realise that this wonderful piece of heritage will now be held in the hearts and minds of future citizens of Bingara and all those with Greek Heritage.”

Dr. Bashir unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.

Grand Opening of the Roxy Museum

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Bingara is located approximately 600kms north of Sydney and 500kms south of Brisbane in the New England Tablelands. It lies centrally in the New England North West region, between the major towns of Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree and Narrabri. Since 1999, first Bingara Shire Council and subsequently Gwydir Shire Council, have improved and expanded the Roxy 'complex'.

The Roxy Manager during the first decade was Sandy McNaughton. Her superior management skills, vision, attention to detail, and unbridled optimism were instrumental in creating 'the Roxy complex'. In April 2014, the final stage of the Roxy complex was completed.

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th April, the Roxy Greek Museum was opened to extraordinary fanfare and a deeply appreciative audience. “There was certainly a buzz amongst the local community as well as the Greek community across Australia” said John Wearne, Roxy Greek Museum Committee Member, and former mayor of Bingara. People were absolutely amazed when they saw it. We knew the museum was going to be special, but it has exceeded our expectations. It is world-class,” said Mr Wearne.

The Museum was made possible by a $94,000 grant from the New South Wales Ministry for Arts, and several equally substantial donations from the Greek Australian Community, and a significant contribution from Gwydir Shire Council. Prominent Greek Australian donors included the Aroney Trust, the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nick Politis, the Aroney family, Nick Andriotakis, Angelo Notaras, amongst many others.

The museum was officially opened on Saturday 5th April 2014 by Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, with an opening as grand as the Roxy itself. Distinguished guests who spoke at the launch included, Cr. John Coulton the Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Dr Victor Kepreotis, President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Mark Coulton, the Federal Member for Parkes, Adam Marshall, State Member for Northern Tablelands the Honourable George Souris, NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, His Excellency Haris Dafaranos, The Ambassador for Greece.

George Souris was “glad I was able come and be part of this unique celebration. Congratulations and thanks to Gwydir Shire Council, the Roxy Museum Committee, curator Peter Prineas, the generous donors, and all involved. 300 visitors to Bingara is no mean feat, but then neither is the Roxy”.

The Roxy has four patrons. Bingara locals Nancy McGuiness and John Wearne, who were instrumental in persuading Bingara Council to purchase the Roxy Cinema in the late 1990's. Also, Peter Prineas, Roxy a grandson of Peter Feros, one of the three founders of the Roxy, and Australian actor and performer John Wood. John was the only one of the four patrons who could not attend because of work commitments. He noted however, that "I've not often been in love with a building, in fact, I think The Roxy is probably the only building I've ever been in love with. I'm sure you Bingarians would understand why. Many of you there today will remember how much I enjoyed my last visit for the opening of the Roxy Cafe. An honorary Greek in the person of Yiannis Xylo was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, drinking more than was good for him and almost breaking his neck in wild, if ageing attempts to take screamers in the form of tossed plates, in what had become for the night, City Square....I hope your Museum opening is a huge and unqualified success. I look forward to one day bringing another show to this most precious of theatres".

The Master of Ceremonies Peter, Samios, performed his duties impeccably. Greek dancing was performed by Joanna Tsakarides, Penelope Samios, Melina Andrew, Peter Faros, Stan Sklias, and Bill Tsoukalas, from the Kytherian Association dance troupe. Bingarians and other attendees from the NSW north west were stunned by the dancing display.

As part of the two-day event there were guided tours of the museum, movie screenings in the beautiful Roxy theatre, talks by special guests, and antique car displays. The highlight of the weekend was the Gala Dinner held on the Saturday evening, which was attended by 320 guests. Bringing the glamour of the 1930s back to Bingara, the dinner was an unforgettable evening of Greek feasting and festivity under the stars. The main street was blocked off, and the Gala Ball was held in an open ‘platteia’ with a Greek 'panayiri' style atmosphere.

Guests danced the night away to the live band Ha Va Le, from Brisbane, under bandmaster Dimitri Prineas. Ha Va Le is one of the best Greek party bands performing in Australia. No Greek celebration would be complete without the smashing of plates, and the Gala Dinner was no exception.

The festivities continued into Sunday with stalls and the launch of the Greek Immigration Olive grove which was marked by a tree planting ceremony held on Cunningham Street adjacent to the Roxy Cafe. The olive trees were planted in recognition of Greek migration to Australia. Greek-Australians, local residents and visitors were given the opportunity to pay tribute to a Greek family or friend who has migrated to Australia by purchasing an olive tree.

The 8 trees next to the Roxy Café will sell for $500 each. A number were purchased on the day. Other trees will be planted along Cunningham Street, and into a Avenue of Olive Trees Memorial Garden.pdf that leads to the ecologically based “Living Classroom” area, nearby. These trees will sell for $100.00 each. Participants are asked to provide a name and a brief description about the family member or friend which will appear on the Roxy Greek Museum website, and a tree will be planted as a tribute. Order your commemorative olive tree, here.

On Sunday morning, the first tree planted as part of the launch was dedicated to the three Greek-Australians who built the Roxy Theatre in 1936 - Emanuel Aroney, Peter Feros and George Psaltis. Peter Prineas, the grandson of Peter Feros, Peter Aroney, grandson of Emmanuel Aroney, and Arthur Stathakis, godson of George Psaltis, planted the tree in their honour.

The Roxy Museum is dedicated to the history of Greek settlement in rural Australia. It is envisioned the museum will become a place of national significance that conserves and protects the important cultural association between Greek Australians and the places in Australia where they chose to live, work and raise a family. It will pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of the Greek cafe proprietors and cinema operators, ensuring the impact they made on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian’s is not forgotten.

Deep appreciation was conferred upon Peter Prineas who worked extremely hard to ensure that the Museum was curated to a world class standard. The work he did “behind the scenes” was extraordinary. Without his input the Museum would have cost far more to install.

The Museum designers, Convergence Associates of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, also excelled themselves. The principals, Jenni Klempfner, Russell Magee, and Boyce Pizzey, have designed numerous important Museums in Australia and New Zealand including the Museo Italiano, the Newcastle Maritime Museum, the Defense of Darwin Museum, and displays in the National Archives in New Zealand. See, the Convergence Associates website . Jenni Klempfner considers the Roxy “a regional treasure…My background is in architecture, and to come across a building like that - it’s a jewel - a building that’s been wonderfully loved and nurtured, both in its inception, and in the last fifteen years since the council has owned it.”

A very special commendation goes to Roxy Manager Georgia Standerwick, for the event management skills she displayed in coordinating the Roxy Museum opening, and the grand Ball. She also chaired the Roxy Museum Committee, and oversaw the installation of the Museum. Her father is Greek, and her empathy with and understanding of the Greek 'ethos' shone through all her achievements, and all the events on the weekend. Also to Tim Cox, Assistant Finance Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, who ensured that the event was well financed, and 'ran to budget'.

Max Eastcott, General Manager at Gwydir Shire Council, and Leeah Daley, Assistant General Manager, should also be acknowledged with deep gratitude. Over more than a decade they have ensured that the 'vision' of the Roxy complex, particularly its Greek facet, has received the unmitigated support of the Gwydir Shire Council. Council Executives with less vision and courage may not have 'followed through' with the Project.

“The Greek Australian community is passionate about the Roxy because it is a living and working memorial to every Greek Australian who has migrated to Australia since 1817,” said George Poulos, Roxy Greek Museum Committee member, and Secretary of the Kytherian Association of Australia. This is not a static museum. Incorporated within the Roxy complex is an Information Centre, a working Cinema, a working “Greek” café, a (TAFE) hospitality training college, fully equipped with an industrial kitchen, and a conference room. All have been built and restored to the highest standard, and all compliment and are integrated into the Greek Australian Museum.

This is the only site in Australia which incorporates within one very large building so many facets of Greek heritage. Convergence, Gwydir Shire and the Roxy Museum Committee all conceive the ‘whole’ of the Roxy complex as one integrated Greek Australian Museum. “Eventually it will become a place of pilgrimage for every Greek in Australia, and inevitably – every Greek in the world” said George. All Greek-Australians should avail themselves of any opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Roxy 'complex', Bingara.

By the year 2035 most Greek cafes and cinemas in Australia will have ceased trading or been demolished. Because of the substantial capital outlay on the Roxy ‘complex’ - now insured for a staggering $6 million dollars - this Greek memorial, heritage, pilgrimage and sacred site will assuredly be the last Greek site of such significance left standing.

The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherians dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy 'complex', it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world."

For more information you can call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6724 0066 or visit Gwydir Shire's Roxy Museum website and, the Roxy Museum main page on kythera-family.net

More web links:

Program, History & Articles about the Roxy Greek Museum Opening


View/download .pdf of the Invitation, here:

Roxy March Promo (2).pdf

Roxy Invitation.pdf

Greek-Museum-Opening-Program_April_5_&_6_2014.pdf

ROXY HISTORY.pdf

NSW Governor to open Roxy Greek Museum

Download a .pdf version of this article here:

Bingara Advocte Weds Feb 5 2014 NSW Gov to open Roxy Museum.pdf

Bingara Advocte Weds April 9th 2014 Kytherian Celebrations.pdf

Roxy complex wins admiration from NSW Arts Minister, April 16th, 20114, page 4

Bingara's location

Buffer Map of the distances from Bingara to major cities of Kytherian and Hellenic population

Download a .pdf version of the buffer map here:

BingaraBufferDistance 20110208.pdf

Roxy Theatre, Gwydir Shire

Roxy THEATRE Main Page

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Restoration of Kytherian and Hellenic Sacred sites

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

75th Anniversary and official opening of the Roxy Cafe

Media Release Roxy's 75th Anniversary

Neos Kosmos article on Katsehamos and the Great Idea

A Night at the ROXY. Neos Kosmos

Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust donates $25,000 to Roxy Museum

Roxy turns 75. The Senior News

Bingara_Advocate_March_23_04_2011.pdf

Happy 75th Birthday ROXY. Bingara Advocate

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