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ANZAC Day Commemoration in Athens

The Australian Embassy in Athens hosted the annual Anzac Day commemoration on Tuesday 25 April at 11:00 am at the Phaleron Commonwealth War Cemetery.

Anzac Day is an important occasion to honour the sacrifice and courage of the original Anzacs and of all our servicemen and women who have given their lives in times of war.

The commemoration was attended by the Minister for National Defence of the Hellenic Republic, the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff and Ambassadors and Deputy Heads of Mission of 15 countries as well as students from both the St Lawrence College in Athens and teh first junior High School of Voula.

The service was attended by more than 100 people, among them Australians and New Zealanders based in Greece and others who travelled from home to honour the courage and sacrifice of our servicemen and women.


Wednesday 25 November 2015 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW), also known as White Ribbon Day.

White Ribbon is part of the world’s largest male-led movement to end violence against women.

On White Ribbon Day we remind ourselves of the global impact of violence against women and the devastating impact it has on individual women.

Violence against women is a significant violation of women’s human rights and severely limits a woman’s ability to participate in every day social and economic life. While it has profound and long lasting impacts on its victims, violence against women causes broader suffering among children, families, communities and society as a whole.

The Australian Government has made it clear that Australia has zero tolerance for violence against women.

Violence against women is unacceptable, anywhere, anytime. Take a stance to end violence against women. It requires our collective efforts so we can achieve lasting change in Australia and around the world. This is not just for the benefit of women and girls, but for all of us.


A message from Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls and Chair of Our Watch, the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and Their Children, Natasha Stott Despoja AM, to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November 2015 

Turn the World UN Blue – Australia in blue to celebrate 70 years of UN

On 24 October landmarks across Australia were illuminated blue – the official colour of the UN – to mark the global Turn the World #UNBlue campaign.
The UN’s 70th anniversary comes at a time when the world faces simultaneous conflicts, the global threat of terrorism, and an unprecedented number of people in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

Australia has been active across the UN’s agenda over the past 70 years, promoting Australian values such as democracy and human rights, and contributing to international rules to strengthen security.  Australia’s contribution to the UN is good for Australia, for our region and for the international community. 

The Turn the World #UNBlue campaign unites citizens globally by spreading the UN’s message and reminding us all of the important role the UN continues to play in international peace and security, development and the promotion of human rights.
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Ambassador John Griffin visits the Bucharest War Cemetery


As part of his official visit to Bucharest on 8-9 September, the Australian Ambassador to Romania, Mr John Griffin visited the Bucharest War Cemetery to pay his respects to the Australian servicemen who lost their lives in action in 1944, during World War II, in Romania.

Allan Ross and Raymond Sauerwald, 21 and 22 years of age respectively, both Flight Sergeants with the Royal Australian Air Force, will forever be remembered.


Discussion on Hannah Kent\'s \'Burial Rites\' novel

Ambassador to Greece Mr John Griffin was among the speakers during a discussion on the book Burial Rites (2013) of the Australian novelist Hannah Kent. This event was organised by the Bookworm reading club and took place at Syntagma Square (Public), Athens on 22 April 2015. The speakers and more than fifty participants -including Greek-Australian authors, intellectuals and journalists - exchanged views on the book and contemporary Australian literature. 

ANZAC Centenary Commemorations in Greece

The following commemorations in Lemnos and Athens will mark a hundred years since the Gallipoli Campaign.
There will be a strong Australian presence throughout the ceremonies, along with Royal Australian Navy ship, HMAS SUCCESS, visiting both Lemnos and Athens to support the commemorations.
The below commemorations are open to the public and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.
Furthermore the ship will dock in Piraeus and will be open to visitors between 10:00 am and 15:00 pm on 24 April.
Anyone wishing to visit the ship, please register by contacting the Embassy, Ms Panagiota Nikolatou. (e-mail: & tel.: +30 210 870 4011)

17 April, 18:00 pm – Unveiling of plaque for Canadian and other Commonwealth World War I nurses at Portianos Commonwealth Cemetery
18 April, 17:00 pm – Sunset memorial service at Moudros Commonwealth Cemetery
19 April, 10:45 am – Memorial service at Portianos Commonwealth Cemetery
20 April, 15:30 pm – Memorial service at Greek-Australian Memorial in Moudros Port

25 April, 11:00 am – Memorial Service at Phaleron Commonwealth Cemetery.
25 April, 20:00 pm – Event by the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee: “The Lemnos Connection to Anzac” at the War Museum of Athens. See invitation here.

It is an important year for Australians around the world and we will be honouring the sacrifice and courage of the original Anzacs and of all our countrymen who gave their lives in times of war.

Diplomacy and music for a good cause

Ambassadors in Concert. Photo by Mr Carlo Raciti, CR Photography
Photo by Carlo Raciti, CR photography

Ambassador John Griffin reads “The Tomb of Lt John Learmonth AIF” by J S Manifold, a tribute to an Australian soldier killed in the Battle of Crete, accompanied by Dr Nikos Xanthoulis (lyre) at “Ambassadors in Concert in Athens” on 26 March 2015, a charity event to raise money for SOS Children’s Villages Greece.

Ambassador John Griffin visits Bulgaria


The Australian Ambassador to Bulgaria Mr John Griffin, visiting from Athens, paying his respects at the Unknown Soldier Monument in Sofia on 3 March, and later at the graves of the 11 Australian servicemen killed during World War II in the battle for the liberation of Bulgaria

Ambassador of Australia to Greece meets with former Greek Prime Minister

In a call on 18 February, Ambassador John Griffin paid his respects to elder statesman Constantinos Mitsotakis and sought the former Prime Minister’s insights on a range of current national and international issues.

Meeting with His Beatitude Hieronymos II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece

On 13 February, the Ambassador of Australia to Greece, Mr John Griffin, met with His Beatitude Hieronymos II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
The Ambassador was interested to learn of the Church’s historical role in Greece, and in responding to contemporary social and economic needs. The important contribution of the Greek diaspora, and the Greek Orthodox Church, to Australia’s rich multi-cultural society was discussed.

Local Staff Retirement: Ms Flora Pallis

Ms Flora Pallis, a Passports and Consular Officer in the Australian Embassy in Athens, retired at the end of 2014 after 37 years of dedicated service.
Flora recalled that consular work required a delicate balance of maintaining professional distance while being compassionate, and that experience and exposure to many cases was the driving force behind a consular career.
A person who derived personal and professional satisfaction from helping out other people, Flora recalled some cases that had stayed with her throughout her career, and maintained that being honest, fair and responsible while having a healthy work-life balance was of paramount importance.
Flora stressed that creative and thoughtful ways of getting messages out to Australian consular and passport clients, would add significant value to the Department’s efforts towards a comprehensive consular strategy.  

Australia Day 2015

The Australian Embassy in Athens celebrated Australia Day 2015.

Where: @ Athens Sports Bar (Veikou 3, Athens 117 42)
When: Monday 26 January, 18:00-20:00pm

Architectural Exhibition “Urbanism of Negotiation: Athens in Crisis / Future Athens”

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On 14 January 2015, the Australian Embassy in Athens was pleased to open an exhibition of architectural projects by students from the University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts who participated in the study abroad program Athens Studio 2013 and 2014, organised and taught by Adjunct Professor Kalliope Kontozoglou and Professor Nigel Westbrook. The exhibition, which explores the physical urban landscape of Athens is located at the Hellenic American Union Galleries and will be open to the public until 30 January 2015. For more information click here.

Australia Day 2015 Honours List 

The Australian Embassy in Athens is proud to count among the many Australia Day 2015 honourees, eight Greek-Australians who have made a significant contribution to their communities.

-  Mr Mark Leigh BOURIS (Sydney NSW): For significant service to the finance industry, particularly the home loan mortgage sector, to education, and to charitable organisations.

-  Mrs Evangeline GALETTIS (NSW): For service to the community, particularly to educational institutions.
-  Mrs Efthymia (Effy) KLEANTHI (SA): For service to social welfare organisations, and to women.
-  Mr Steven KYRITSIS (Vic): For service to veterans and their families, and to the Greek community of Melbourne.
-  Mr Andrew William LAZARIS (NSW): For service to sport, particularly to basketball administration.
-  Mr Paul MAVROUDIS (Vic): For service to the Greek community of Victoria.
-  The late Mr Thomas PARADISSIS (Qld): For service to the Greek community of south east Queensland.

Mr Arthur DIAKOS (Sydney NSW): For outstanding public service to the transport services sector in New South Wales through senior financial planning and management roles.

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Commemorating an Iconic Australian Novel Written in Greece

The Australian Embassy in Athens will be commemorating 50 years since the publication of George Johnston’s novel “My Brother Jack”, the great Australian novel.
Join us @ the Free Thinking Zone Concept Bookstore (64 Skoufa & Grivaion Street, Kolonaki), on Tuesday 16 December, 19:00pm to hear about the author and the book by the Australian Ambassador to Greece, Mr John Griffin. 

Visit to the Australian Archaeological Excavations at Zagora, Andros


The Australian Ambassador to Greece Mr John Griffin and his partner Mr Pakapat Thipayaprapai, visited the Zagora Settlement excavations on the island of Andros, on 10 October 2014. The Zagora excavations, the current flagship Australian archaeological project in Greece, offer an ideal opportunity for many Australian students to gain first hand experience of archaeological fieldwork, as well as to deepen their appreciation of Greece -both ancient and modern. Pictured from left to right: Mr Pakapat Thipayaprapai, Dr Stefie Chlouveraki, Mr John Griffin, Dr Stavros Paspalas, Deputy Director of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.

School visit to the Australian Embassy – 21 November 2014

Students from the Model Experimental Lyceum of Anavryta participating in the Model United Nations Conference 2014 as the delegation of Australia, visited the Embassy on Friday 21 November 2014 and met with the Ambassador and the Political Section as part of their preparation for the MUN Conference to be held on 12-14 December 2014.

Remembrance Day 2014

2014 Remembrance Day  

The Ambassador of Australia to Greece Mr John Griffin and his partner Mr Pakapat Thipayaprapai, visited the Phaleron Commonwealth Cemetery and laid commemorative wooden crosses inscribed with messages of hope and thanks from Australian schoolchildren, in honour of the 584 fallen Australian soldiers who found their final resting place in Greece. 

Accreditation Ceremony in Romania – 21 October 2014

On 21 October, the Australian Ambassador to Greece, with non-resident accreditation to Romania and Bulgaria, Mr John Griffin presented his credentials to the President of Romania HE Mr Traian Băsescu.

Accreditation Ceremony in Greece – 7 October 2014

On 7 October, the Australian Ambassador to Greece, Mr John Griffin presented his credentials to the President of the Hellenic Republic HE Mr Karolos Papoulias.

Accreditation Ceremony in Bulgaria – 8 August 2014

On 8 August, the Australian Ambassador to Greece, with non-resident accreditation to Bulgaria and Romania, Mr John Griffin presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria HE Mr Rosen Plevneliev.