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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 20:29

Summer BBQ - Lenten Burgers Recipe

If you came to our Lenten BBQ Fundraiser on Sunday, which supported the missionary work of Father Themi in Africa, then you will no doubt have had one of these burgers.

In fact, due to the large number of requests we have received, we decided to share the recipe with you all!

A special thanks goes to Maria Oliver for providing the recipe and allowing us to post it.

Please find the recipe as follows.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 20:30

Visitors to Perth 1909

We are fortunate in Perth to regularly receive visits from speakers, foreign dignitaries and scholars who address the local Greek community about issues and topics pertaining to Greece – modern and ancient. In the last few months a few such presentations have been delivered. Most recently, Professor Andrew M Chugg delivered an informative and well attended lecture at Leederville TAFE about the death of Alexander the Great. (Professor Chugg’s visit, hosted by the Hellenic Community of WA, the Hellenic Council of WA and the Pan-Macedonian Association of WA, was highlighted in the HCWA e-News.) Such visitations were rare in the pre-1970s era, but not unheard of. Here is an example of an early (maybe earliest) presentation by a visiting academic to the local Greek community.

During May and June 1909 Professor Darnley Naylor of Adelaide University visited Perth and Kalgoorlie for a series of lectures. He was principally here to advocate for the WA University Movement prosecuting their case for a university to be established in Perth. Professor Naylor would appear before a State Royal Commission advocating for a local university. He was lecturer and tutor at Ormond College University of Melbourne, from 1895 to 1906, and was appointed to the Chair of Classics at Adelaide University in February 1907. While here, Professor Naylor presented several public lectures about ancient Greece and Rome. One of these lectures involved a reception organised for him by the local Greek community. The June 12, 1909, Western Mail newspaper article below further explains the event.


A Greek beginners course will be commencing on October 16 at North Metropolitan TAFE for any adults wanting to learn a base‐level understanding of conversational Greek.

The course is designed for learners with little or no knowledge of the Greek language. Whilst oral communication will be emphasized, students will develop skills in reading and writing also.

For more information, to submit an enquiry or to enroll, please see at

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 16:35

Birthday Marked with a Commemorative History

The Hellenic Association Club of WA is 100! Founded in 1918, the Hellenic Association (Enosis) was the first pan-Hellenic association in WA and is one of the oldest such organisations in Australia. A history has been written by Dr John N Yiannakis celebrating the Club’s milestone.

While examining the growth of this major association, this book also provides a broad outline about Greek migration, settlement and adaptation to Western Australia. The Hellenic Club’s unique evolution is a microcosm of the changing role and identity of Hellenism within this state. A wide range of sources have been used to assist put together this insightful and interesting history.

Copies can be purchased for just $35 from 75 Stirling Street or by phoning 9328 6681or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 31 August 2018 20:01

Spring BBQ - September 16

Stay calm, and save the date!!!

16 Sep 2018 @ 12PM

Evangelismos Church Carpark
57 Carr Street, West Perth

Adults: $20
Children (under 10 yrs): $10

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 12:07


The West Australian Modern Greek Language Teachers’ Association Inc. (WAMGLTA) held its inaugural Professional Learning (PL) session on Saturday 25 August at The Evangelismos Greek Language School in West Perth. The event was hosted by the school, inclusive of a delicious lunch, which was blessed by Reverend Father Emmanuel Stamatiou.

The formal part of the PL session began promptly at 1.15 pm with a brief welcome address by the Chair the WAMGLTA Committee, Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis. It included a brief history of the Association, with particular reference to the fact that it was established on 24 August 2016 and exactly two years later, it was holding its first PL session, achieving one of its constitutional objectives.


The PL, aptly named ‘Best Practice’ in the Greek Language Classroom, drew on the existing local expertise of Greek Language Teachers from the various Greek Education Providers here in WA. With the firm belief that the collective expertise of our existing practitioners is as good as any ‘imported product’, an agenda was prepared that included four presenters with their nominated ‘best practice’ item:

  • Ms Fay Giannaris: ‘Souvlaki’ Language Game and Tic Tac Toe Programming for Differentiation
  • Mrs Christina Panovrakou: Dictation and Vocabulary (handy hints for teachers to help their students remember Greek orthography and lexicon)
  • Mr George Anastassiadis: ‘What’s in the bag?’ Role Play
  • Ms Catherine Papanastasiou: Using Music to reinforce Language


The presentations were well prepared and hands-on in their approach, with the use of IT and other resources to complement the content being delivered. The participants not only gained insight and some ‘best practice’ ideas from each of the presenters, they also enjoyed themselves whilst doing so, volunteering for activities, role play, and even singing along with Catherine!


A humble start to WAMGLTA’s PL initiatives, the 15 participants were impressed with the event. Sincere thanks are extended to Father Emmanuel for his blessing; to Mrs Irene Starr, Principal of The Evangelismos Greek Language School, for generously hosting the event in a warm and friendly environment; to each of the four presenters for their willingness to share their ‘best practice’ ideas with other teachers and for the effort that went into their inspirational presentations; and to all the participants for being part of this historic event.

A particular highlight was witnessing the first WAMGLTA PL come to fruition and seeing representation from the following Greek Education Providers; St. Andrew’s Grammar, The Centre for Hellenic Studies (Saturday School and After-hours Greek School), The Evangelismos Greek Language School, and Immaculate Heart College. This is one of the key objectives of WAMGLTA; to be an Association for all Greek Language Teachers from all Greek Education Providers in WA.



Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis
WAMGLTA Chairperson


28 August 2018

The following extract describes the first OXI Day memorial service held at Kings Park by the Perth Greek community for the 28 October 1940.


Observance in Perth.

Members of the Greek ex-Servicemen’s League of WA laid a wreath on the State War Memorial yesterday in honour of Australian and Greek comrades. The occasion was the second anniversary of the invasion of Greece. A parade of Greek veterans of the last war and Greek nationals now serving in the Australian Forces took place. The wreath was placed by the State president of the league (Mr D. G. Joannides), a detachment of St Paul’s boy scouts forming a guard of honour.

At the service at the War Memorial Major H. M. Pullin represented the Commander, WA L of C Area, and Capt A. Symonds led the parade. Others present were Mr E. Needham, MLA. Colonel WO Mansbridge, representing the State executive of the RSL, Mr D. Reed, secretary of the Perth sub-branch, the Rev J. Chauvel, of St Paul’s Church of England, Mr P. Michelides, representing the Greek Community, Mr N. Marich, Consul for Yugoslavia, Mr A. Papadopoulos, late Consul for Greece in Japan, Mrs W. Aston, superintendent of the Winston Churchill Club with a group of the CIS, Mr C. Demetriades, late president of the Greek Community in Shanghai, Mr N. Papastatis, president of the Hellenic Union, and officers of a Greek ship.

At 11:30 am a memorial service was conducted by the Rev C. Mannessis at the Greek Orthodox Church, Parker-street. In the evening the annual reunion of Greek ex-servicemen was held.


Reference: West Australian (Perth, WA: 1879 – 1954), Monday 2 November 1942, page 2

Sourced by: Dr John N Yiannakis OAM

Sunday, 12 August 2018 23:04

WAMGLTA Invitation and Program of Events

Download the flyer here.

Eleven CGL Examination candidates are currently celebrating their impressive results, after learning the outcome of their candidature. Six scored a grade of ‘Very Good’ and five scored a grade of ‘Excellent’! Congratulations are extended to the below candidates who achieved the level for which they sat in May of this year:

Level A1 (for children 8-12)

  • KERR Yiannis

Level A1 (for adolescents and adults)


Level A2

  • SARANTELLOS Panagiotis-Eleftherios

Level B1

  • KERR Tryphon
  • KERR Vasilis
  • STERGIOU Konstantinos

Level B2


Level C1



Together with regular use of spoken Greek, both at home and at school, it is clear that continued formal education in the Greek language is paramount to success. On this, all Greek Language Teachers and Greek Education Providers in WA are to be commended for the outstanding results achieved by these candidates! Accolades are also due to the adults and family members who make the effort to speak Greek to each other and/or to their children at home. The positive outcomes of such collective efforts are fruitful and long lasting

Next year’s CGL Examinations will be held on the following dates:

Level A1 (for children 8-12) Tuesday 21 May 2019
Level A1 (for adolescents and adults) Tuesday 21 May 2019
Level A2 Tuesday 21 May 2019
Level B1 Tuesday 21 May 2019
Level B2 Wednesday 22 May 2019
Level C1 Wednesday 22 May 2019
Level C2 Thursday 23 May 2019


On behalf of the CGL Committee, I congratulate the above-listed candidates one more time, and look forward to their candidature in 2019!


Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis
Director of the CGL at St. Andrew’s Grammar (61002)

10 August 2018

The Hellenic Association Club of WA celebrates its 100thanniversary this year. Founded in 1918, the Hellenic Association (Enosis) was the first pan-Hellenic association in WA and is one of the oldest such organisations in Australia. The Association first had its headquarters at 507 Wellington Street. It then re-located to 407 Wellington Street, before moving to its current Stirling Street premises in 1967. As part of the celebratory events planned for the year, a book launch for the commemorative history, written by Dr John N Yiannakis, recording the Association’s history and contribution to the state’s Hellenism, will be held later in the year. The long and significant role played by the Hellenic Association Club to our Greek community is worthy of recognition and celebration.

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