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100-Year-Old Greek Press in Australia

The first Greek newspaper released in Australia was named ” Australis” in 1913 by Stratis Venlis. The second one was “Oceanis”, first published in 1914. Its publisher was Georgios Nikolaidis, who came from Cyprus and migrated through Egypt to Australia in 1913.

There is going to be a lecture given by Professor Giorgos Kanarakis at the Odyssey Festival about NIkolaidis, who contributed to the publication of two magazines.

the publisher of the Greek newspaper in Australia, “Australis”, Stratis Venlis was born in Egypt, with parents from Lesvos island.  When it was first published, on June 6the, 1913, there were 500 Greeks in Melbourne and another 2,000 in the rest of the country. The first issue of “Australis” sold 80 copies, a large number at the time.

Afterwards, he sold the newspaper to Father Marinakis in Sydney and was renamed to “Ethniko Vima”. It changed a number of owners and now it is under the name “Vima Tis Ekklisias”.

Notably, over 110 Greek newspapers have been published in Australia over the past 98 years of Greek Press history.

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