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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 February 2015
6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2015 NEWS Lawyers and judges honour Hellenism At the launch of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association Queensland chapter Another step towards the expansion of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association was taken on Friday 30 January, when its Queensland chapter was launched in the State's ceremonial court. The Chief Justices of Australia, Queensland and South Australia were present in the ceremony, as well as senior judges from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. More than 30 judges attended the launch, joining the Honorary Consul-General of Greece in Queensland, James Raptis, and a large number of lawyers with a Hellenic background, in what was essentially a celebration of the contribution that people of Hellenic origin have made to Australia. The association was launched in Melbourne by its national patron, the Chief Justice of South Australia, Christopher Kourakis, in April 2014. The Queensland chapter was launched by Chief Justice of Australia, Robert French. During the launch, the Chief Justice of Queensland, Timothy Carmody, spoke of the enduring links between Greece and Australia. The launch served as an opportunity for the commemoration for the Hellenic lawyers who made a significant contribution to the profession in Australia, becoming eminent figures in the community. Chief Justice Kourakis mentioned Sir John Demetrius Morris, who was the first Chief Justice of Hellenic origin appointed in Australia, in 1940, while Mal Varitimos QC, the Queensland representative of the association, provided a brief history of Hellenic lawyers in Queensland, highlighting the story of John Manelaus Panos, ‘the galloping Greek’, a war hero (he was awarded the distinguished Flying Cross in 1944, having been an officer in 460 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force), who became the first lawyer of Hellenic origin to obtain a law degree in Queensland in 1953. The second was Alexander Christie Freeleeagus, who was the longest serving consul in Australia, and in fact Greece's longest-serving consul anywhere in the world, having served as Honorary Consul of Greece from 1957 until 1977, then as ConsulGeneral in Queensland until his passing away in 2005. The launch was closed by the Queensland patron of the association, Justice Anthe Philippides, who in 2000 was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland, in what was the first appointment to a superior court in Australia of a female of Hellenic origin. The National President of the Association, Andrew Panna QC, explained the aims and objectives of the association, that unites lawyers through their cultural background. As he had pointed out, speaking to Neos Kosmos in an inter- Chief Justice Carmody, Queensland Supreme Court and Chief Justice French, High Court, speak at the launch. Nicholas Xynias Vale The Australian community says goodbye to a great man Justice Anthe Phillipedes, Queensland Court of Appeal. Honorary president and volunteer chief executive officer of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, Nicholas Xynias AO BEM has passed away. Following a battle with a short illness, the council reports the 82-year-old died peacefully in his home. Born in Ismailia, Egypt on 25 January 1933, he worked as a mechanical engineer with the British Army. Then in 1956, Mr Xynias decided to embark on a long journey to Australia where he would become a prolific voice for ethnic diversity in the wider community. Upon his arrival, he set out volunteering and in 1964 joined AHEPA, where he took part for over 50 years and was recognised as a respected leader. Mr Mal Varitimos QC, Queensland barrister. view published last April, the association "is a forum for people to network, but also a forum to discuss legal issues, welfare issues and Greek issues - somewhere to focus on the application of the law and the Greek community". The association plans to establish further state chapters and to hold events of interest to Hellenic lawyers and Philhellenes in the jurisdictions in which it has chapters. In 1976 he helped set up the Ethnic Communities' Council of Queensland, where he served on the board and was a chairman for many years. Throughout his life, Mr Xynias was an active member of various boards and councils including the Commonwealth Migrant Consulting Council, Queensland Aboriginal Reconciliation Council, Queensland Multicultural Coordinating Committee, Department of Ethnic Af- The late Nick Xynias. fairs Ministerial Advisory Committee and the Migrant Consultative Council of the Departments of Social Security and Education. Boasting an impressive resume, his most recent achievement was being appointed to the Queensland Advisory Committee for the Commemoration of the ANZAC Centenary. Aside from his philanthropic contribution to Australian society, Mr Xynias was also a loving husband, father and grandfather. More than 100 mourners attended his funeral, including former premier of Queensland Campbell Newman, Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk, Queensland's ConsulGeneral for Greece Jim Raptis, along with many other representatives from the Queensland Police Service and the legal fraternity. Townsville's Glencore Greek Festival honoured For the second time, Townsville's Glencore Greek Festival has been named the Community Event of the Year as part of this year's Australia Day Awards. The announcement was made by Australia's Governor General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, on Monday 26 January. "It was wonderful for the organising committee and all the volunteers to receive such recognition," festival coordinator Bill Malandris told Neos Kosmos. of Townsville has been sharing its language, food and culture with the wider Australian community. Along with the success of the festival, Mr Malandris was also honoured by the Governor General, as the recipient of this year's Cultural Award. The junior dancing group delighted festival goers with their performance. Last year's Glencore Greek Festival was the 15th year that the Greek community Granted in recognition of his significant contribution to the cultural life of the wider community, Mr Malandris was both surprised and pleased by the announcement. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM The plate smashing competition at last year’s Glencore Greek Festival in Townsville.
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