April 28, 2016 Martin Place Sydney NSW
Macarthur Greeks Incorporated
The vision for establishing a Greek – Hellenic community in our region;
- Provide opportunities to meet up with other Greeks in the area at locally organised events and build a community association that will represent the Greek – Hellenic community of the Greater Macarthur Region for the encouragement and enjoyment of Greek culture for everyone.
- Gather greater awareness that the Greek community is well established in the region and is there to promote and help support not only the Greek community but other communities with civic minded projects
- Give back to the Macarthur Region through our events and involvement in community activities.
Our plans and vision are not ground shaking but foundations to build upon.
Initially we would like to attract members that can help us in our journey to represent the Hellenic community of the Greater Macarthur Region (Macarthur Greeks).
Our aim is to develop and implement a strategy with likeminded people bring together purposeful ideas to help our community reach new goals and to keep alive the Greek Spirit.
This is a great opportunity for us all both young and old to give back and to strengthen our community and I hope that you will consider joining me in building the future for our children and supporting others who appreciate the Hellenic culture, language and cuisine.
The Australian Hellenic community traditionally dates its origins to 27 August 1829. On that day, seven young men, who had been convicted of piracy, arrived in Port Jackson aboard the Norfolk.
Antonis Manolis, Damianos Ninis, Ghikas Voulgaris, Georgios Vasilakis, Konstantinos Stroumboulis, Nikolaos Papandreou and Georgios Laritsos
The seven Hellenes were assigned to various settlers around the Sydney colony.
With Antonis Manolis to the vineyards on the estate of William Macarthur at Camden. Antonis Manolis spent his remaining years in the Picton district, and is buried in the town’s Old Anglican Cemetery, overlooking the fields he had cultivated for decades
Some of the events in 2016 :
- Greek taverna night with family style dinner and live music in February
- Seniors week learn to dance in April
- ANZACS & Lemnos and Battle of Crete photo exhibition in June (Ingleburn Library) /August (Camden Library) and October (Wollondilly Library)
- Greek Australian Experience to reflect and show respect to the early migrants that built the Hellenic foundations (September)
- OXI day celebrations in October
- Mykonos meets Macarthur 18+ event in November
Growing population in this region, a new influx of emigrants, with blended families of multiracial marriages (same as when Crummer came here with his wife (nee Plessa) in 1835) therefore we are trying to cater for all needs.
Looking back at history the Hellenic Community was the first group to build upon the language / culture and religion.
Other associations also exist for other specific purposes – in saying this we can and do work together AND we should propose alternate action on what we can do to accommodate our community with a ten year plan.
The Australian Hellenic community traditionally dates its origins to 27 August 1829.
On that day, seven young men, who had been convicted of piracy, arrived in Port Jackson aboard the Norfolk, where they were accordingly assigned to settlers. Following their pardons in December 1836, five elected to return to a now independent Hellenic Kingdom, from what we know – Antonis Manolis spent his remaining years in the Picton district, and is buried in the town’s Old Anglican Cemetery, overlooking the fields he had cultivated for decades.
So we have some historic Hellenic roots in this region, we just need to reignite the flame of Greek culture / cuisine and language.
This is not for everyone. But if you appreciate Hellenic culture and language and are civic-minded, genuinely concerned about building a better place for future generations, you should consider becoming a foundation member. We aim to meet monthly on the first Saturday at four pm (16:00) and also Thursday night at seven pm (19:00) at the Coffee Club in Macarthur Square.
This is a great opportunity to discuss ideas about how we can go about giving something back to the community and I hope that you will consider joining me in nurturing an appreciation for the Hellenic culture, language and cuisine in the Macarthur Region.