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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : Ithacan Centenary
ITHACAN PERSONALITIES Angela Pippos Journalist and media personality Angela is best known for anchoring the sports segment on the ABC TV News for almost a decade. Other highlights from her sports journalistic career include hosting breakfast sports radio on Sport 927 and appearances on a number of TV sports programs. She regularly contributes to sports related publications as well as ABC radio in both Melbourne and Adelaide with her sharp, thought provoking insights. Angela’s first book, The Goddess Advantage – One Year in the Life of a Football Worshipper, loosely follows her life during the 2005 AFL season. It’s as much about love, loyalty, stuffed tomatoes and Greek mythology as it is about the great game of Australian Rules football. In February 2017, Angela will be releasing her second book. She is also producing and presenting a documentary about the rise of women in Australian football called League of Her Own that will air on the Seven Network early next year. Andrew Raftopoulos Architect Andrew is currently an Associate Director at Melbourne’s oldest architectural firm, Bates Smart, where he heads a specialist team in the design development of concepts with an emphasis on external facade and technology. Andrew has been integral in the design of some of Melbourne’s most high profile buildings achieving many awards along the way for his unique blend of design skill and technical knowledge. Included in the list of award winning buildings Andrew has been involved in designing are the Children’s Court of Victoria, the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Crown Metropol and Promenade Hotels, the Crown Mahogany Room and the Pearl Room at Crown Burswood, Perth. Other key projects include the the Bendigo Hospital, BHP Billiton Head Office, Media House 'The Age', Freshwater Place Commercial and Residential Complex, Cabrini Hospital, the proposed new VRC Members Stand, Flemington and the proposed Freemasons Residential Redevelopment, East Melbourne. Professor George Varigos Dermatologist and Academic Professor George Varigos is currently the Director of Dermatology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) and Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. In addition to these roles, he has dedicated over 30 years to the teaching of medical students at the University of Melbourne. Prof Varigos was a consultant for thirty-five years at RMH and was Head of Dermatology at the Royal Children’s Hospital for twenty-five years until 2012. His vast experience in skin research, in particular in the immunological aspects of skin diseases, has led to the increased participation in clinical trials in the treatment of many common skin diseases to the point that the RMH has the largest number of dermatology clinical trials in a Victorian public hospital. In 2014, the Australian College of Dermatology awarded Prof Varigos the Certificate of Meritorious Service to Dermatology. George Papadopoulos Advocate of multiculturalism With a background in law, George Papadopoulos has been active in many areas of public life, leaving his mark on the Victorian community. He was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language and Cultural Studies at RMIT University and was one of the eminent figures in the development of multiculturalism in Victoria and Australia. George was co-founder of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria and the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia, Chairperson of the Ethnic Affairs Commission of Victoria (now the Victorian Multicultural Commission), former head of Community Education and Information, Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs and co-founder of the Australian Greek Welfare Society (now known as Pronia). In 2013, George received the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the multicultural community of Victoria through the development of public policy, programs and services. His vision and persistence were instrumental together with others in making multicultural affairs policy what it is today. DID YOU KNOW? Interesting facts about Ithacans in Melbourne The first Ithacan on record One of the first Greeks to settle in Melbourne was Ithacan Andreas Lekatsas who arrived in 1848 as a sailor aboard a British ship. The story is that Andreas made his way to the Ballarat goldfields at the time of the Eureka Stockade. He returned to Ithaca in 1870 and gave a glowing account of life in the Antipodes, laying the foundation of chain migration from Ithaca to Australia in the late 1800s and the first half of the 1900s. Ithacans and the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria In the early years of migration, Ithacans were prominent in Greek community affairs and were involved in establishing the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria in 1897 and the building of the first Greek Orthodox Church in Victoria, the Evangelismos in 1901. A number of Ithacans served as Presidents of the Greek Community from 1906 to 1942. Pioneering Ithacans leave their mark on street names Ithaca Court, Chadstone, was named after Speros Kostopoulos who arrived in Australia between 1900-1902 and purchased farmland in the area in the 1930s. Kandi Lane, North Balwyn, located behind the iconic Kandi's Fruit Supply owned by the Cleomenis Kandiliotis family from 1954 - 2015. Ithaca Road, Frankston South, is located on land acquired by A J J Lucas, after World War 1, on Oliver’s Hill. Anglicization of Ithacan family names When you hear surnames such as BLACK, COLLINS, LUCAS, MORRIS and SCOTT you instantly think they belong to Anglosaxons. Well actually they may very well be the family names of people of Ithacan descent. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, in a society that was suspicious of foreigners, names were anglicized to avoid racist taunts. Mavrokefalos and Mavromatis became Black, Kallinikos became Collins, Lekatsas became Lucas, Moraitis changed to Morris and Sikiotis to Scott. Ithacan Historical Society Formed in the early 1990s to ensure that the history of Ithacan migration and settlement would not be lost, the Ithacan Historical Society’s core work is building the Society’s archives with images, documents, oral histories and artefacts. Significant projects undertaken: - the publication of a cookbook, Ithacan Recipes, Australian Memories - Penelope’s Loom Workshops which aim to keep traditional Ithacan handicrafts alive - retrospectives of well-known Ithacan women, Elly Lukas, model and founder of the Elly Lukas College of Beauty Therapy and Irini Pappas, actor and narrator. Special centenary projects: - production of the documentary Out of the Earth, The life and Times of A J J Lucas which screened recently at the 2016 Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival - Centenary Exhibition at the Immigration Museum - publication of The Ithacans, a social history of the Ithacan community of Melbourne Cinema entrepreneur Remember going to the National Theatre in Richmond, the Kinema Petra Kalive Actor and Director Petra Kalive trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (2004) and has since been working professionally as an actor, director, dramaturg and facilitator. She is currently Artistic Director of Union House Theatre at Melbourne University Student Union and has directed a vast number of productions for a variety of theatre companies. Her adaptation of Peter Goldsworthy’s novel Three Dog Night toured nationally. She was appointed Dramaturg at Red Stitch in 20092012, was Assistant Dramaturg at the Malthouse in 2010, and was supported by the Australia Council to attend the New Visions/New Voices Festival at the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C. in 2012. As an actor she has worked in theatre and has had many guest appearances on television, including a lead support role in Underbelly. Most recently, Petra directed the sold out and critically acclaimed play Taxithi for fortyfive downstairs. Stathi Raftopoulos behind the lolly counter of one of the Greek cinemas in the 1960s in Albert Park and the Westgarth in Northcote to watch a Greek film In the 1960s and 70s? Well-known Ithacan, Stathis Raftopoulos, who arrived in Australia in 1934, aged 15 years, played an integral role in the establishment of Greek cinemas (he screened the first Greek film in Melbourne in 1949). Thousands of post-war immigrants who packed the cinemas craving homegrown culture benefited from Stathis' foresight and passion for film. For his service to Greek community cultural life and his literary achievements, he was awarded an MBE. Ithacan Speak The Venetian occupation of the Ionian islands which spanned 400 years, ingrained many Italian words into the Ithacan vocabulary. Many Ithacan Australians still call their grandparents nonna and nonno instead of γιαγιά and παππού.
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