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ΠΕΜΠΤΗ 5 ΙΟΥΛΙΟΥ 2018 ΝΕΟΣ ΚΟΣΜΟΣ - 15 Of New South Wales 1898 - 2018 Brief History 1926 1927 At the Greek Orthodox Community’s annual general meeting on 27 June 1926, the pro-Metropolitan supporters had taken control of proceedings and the anti-Metropolitan supporters walked out of the meeting. Th ose that remained, mostly Castellorizians, such as Gravas, Photios, Finikiotis and Stavrianos and a number of long standing supporters of the Greek Orthodox Community NSW, such as Kouvaras, Andrew, Vrachnas, Soulos and Mylonas. A new Committee was elected comprising of Antonios Iliopoulos, President, Ioakeim Tavlaridis, Vice President, Ioannis Andritsakis, Treasurer, Dyonisios Kouvaras, Trustee, Dimitrios Mylonas, Secretary and seven others. On the 2 February 1927 Consul General Chrysanthopoulos laid the foundation stone of the new Cathedral of Saint Sophia (Holy Wisdom) in a ceremony conducted by Metropolitan Christophoros assisted by Fathers Maravelis from Brisbane and Father Demopoulos from Melbourne and by Sydney’s Syrian Orthodox priest, Father Nicholas Shehadie and attended by representatives of the Anglican Church, the Baptist Union and the Jewish community. Onthe 18 September 1927 the Cathedral was opened to the public, even though some services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals were provided during the construction of Saint Sophia. On 5 May 1927 a number of prominent Greek businessmen subscribed to the Articles of Association of Saint Sophia Cathedral on behalf of the newly set up Greek Orthodox Community of Sydney NSW and witnessed by Captain C D Loisidis, Secretary of the Hellenic Club Limited. 1928 On 15 February 1928 at the Holy Trinity Church, the Greek Orthodox Community NSW appointed a Committee of Kytherians, Castellorizians and Lesbos Islanders and established the fi rst Greek Aft ernoon School and the fi rst teacher was Miss Evanthea Vergou. 1930 Th e Saint Sophia Hall was constructed and was the prime venue for the teaching of Greek, during the aft ernoon. Experienced teachers were engaged such as Mr Fatseas and Messrs Evangelinidis, Koumerta, Alexiadis, Paschalidis, Economou, Savvopoulos and Balafoutis. Over 200 pupils attended the aft ernoon schools and these teachings continued until the1980’s. Th e Hall was also used for cultural activities, including the teaching of Greek Folk dancing, Live Plays etc. 1932 Father Timotheos Evangelinidis of Mytilene was appointed as the Metropolitan to Australia and New Zealand. Metropolitan Timotheos arrived to Australia in July 1932 and the Panellinios Kiryx; the Sydney Greek Paper had a headline “At Last Our Saviour Has Arrived”. Metropolitan Timotheos presided at the beginning of a harmonious period in church aff airs and relationship of the Metropolis with the Greek Orthodox Community NSW (Holy Trinity) and the Greek Orthodox Community Sydney NSW (Saint Sophia Cathedral). 1955 In 1955 the Greek Orthodox Community NSW established the fi rst Greek Boy Scout Group, the 2nd Sydney Hellenic Group, and they met at the Saint Sophia Hall once a week and provided crowd management at both churches during the Easter services. Th eir leader was Evangelos Cardiacos an experienced senior scout from Alexandria, Egypt. 1958 Th e reign of Metropolitan Th eophylaktos was cut short when he died on 2 August 1958 at the Alfred Hospital Melbourne from injuries received in a car accident two days earlier. His funeral was held at Saint Sophia Cathedral attended by thousands of Greeks and many dignitaries.Th e body of the Archbishop lay in state at Saint Sophia Cathedral for several days and many mourners paid their respects to an Archbishop that prevailed harmony and unity amongst the Greek people of Sydney. 1958 Th e various State Communities founded the Federation of Greek Orthodox Communities of Australia Inc. which consisted of the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales Inc.; the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria; the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia Inc.; and the Greek Orthodox Community of Newcastle. Later, the Greek Orthodox Community of Clayton Ltd Vic., Greek Orthodox Community of Illawarra Wollongong NSW, Greek Orthodox Community of St Albans Vic., Greek Orthodox Community of Keilor Vic. and Greek Orthodox Community of Sunshine Vic. which affi liated with the Federation.
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