Celebrating 200 years since the Greek Revolution of 1821
This webpage, as well as the National Committee itself, were created thanks to an initiative of His Eminence Achbishop Makarios of Australia, so that the events/activities of the broader Greek Australian Community may be organised and coordinated in all States and Territories of Australia in the best possible way.
This year the great and, in some respects, unique – within the timeframe of modernity – Revolution of 1821 celebrates its 200th anniversary since it emerged full-blown in the history of Neo-Hellenism and Modern Europe. For all Greeks world-wide this revolution constitutes a foundational milestone with regards to the development of their identity; an identity which was creatively enriched thanks to the experiences released by and within the 1821 Revolution. Now, along the Parthenon and Hagia Sophia, the Hellenic family stands full of respect before the new martyrs of the Orthodox faith and the heroes of their fatherland.
The National Committee
The National Committee for the Bicentenary of the Greek Revolution is a committee that consists of 20 members, and was formed in late June 2020 as a committee of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. It is made up of Greek Australians who live and work at different places all over Australia, and represent a variety of sectors, such as the clergy, academics, professionals, business people, as well as leaders of Greek Australian associations and organisations.
The National Committee was envisioned by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia, and constitutes an entirely new thing as far as the affairs of the broader Greek Australian community are concerned. Never was there a committee of such scope, a committee that would work on an issue of common interest in light of unity and love. However, the most important thing is not the envisioning and the creation of this committee, but mainly the fact that its members have risen to the occasion and have worked in collaboration in order to bring forth the inspiring message of our nation’s reconstitution.
“For the holy faith of Christ and the freedom of our fatherland.”
The objectives of the National Committee with regards to the celebrations of the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution are basically the following three. First one should mention the connection that needs to exist between young Greek Australian and this so foundational moment in history as to Neo-Hellenic consciousness and identity. Second comes the endeavour to engage the broader Australian society with something that seems at first to be a totally Greek issue. And, lastly, the third and most basic objective is to bring forward the ecclesio-centric dimension that the struggle for our nation’s reconstitution had.
To achieve the first objective is to strengthen the presence and activity of the younger Greeks of Australia within the framework of the ancestors’ tradition and legacy. If the second objective is achieved, then to a great extent our place within the peculiarity of this Great Southern Land will b further consolidated, whereas if we achieve the third objective we will manage as an ethnic group to understand that the source of our historical existence is greater than ourselves and hence refers to the entire world!
Members of the National Committee
His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia, President of the National Committee
His Grace Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, Archiepiscopal Vicar of Melbourne
His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis, Archiepiscopal Vicar of Brisbane
His Grace Bishop Emilianos of Meloa, Chancellor of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia
His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyaneon, Archiepiscopal Vicar of Perth
His Grace Bishop Silouan of Sinope, Archiepiscopal Vicar of Adelaide
The Very Reverend Archimandrite, Fr Evmenios Vasilopoulos, Archiepiscopal Vicar of Northcote
Dr Vassilis Adrahtas, Lecturer at Western Sydney University and UNSW, Secretary of the National Committee
Mr Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria
Mr Elia Economou, Representative of the Inter-communities Council of NSW
Mr John Loukadellis, President Parish – Community of St Nicholas, Canberra and representative for the Australian Capital Territory
Mr Michael Anastas, President Parish – Community of St George, Brisbane, representative for the State of Queensland
Mr Nicholas Poniris, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Darwin, representative for the Northern Territory
Mr John Papastamatis, representative for the State of Tasmania
Mr Tony Tsourdalakis, President of the Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand, representative for the State of Victoria
Dr Panayiotis Diamadis, President of the Australian Hellenic Educators Association of NSW
Mr Arthur Balayannis, CEO of the Hellenic Club Sydney
Dr George Frazis, Associate Professor, Charles Darwin University
Dr Angela Yiannakis, ACU-TFA Regional Leader in WA, Lecturer at GSE UWA, representative for the State of Western Australia
Mr Nicholas Bourdaniotis, Photographer, Greek City Times