Panayias Katharon 2017 Sunday 10 September

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Join us at the Greek Orthodox Church,
Presentation of Our Lady to the Temple
7 Macedon Avenue, North Balwyn,
to celebrate Panayias Katharon with
Artoklasia – the blessing of the loaves.

Following the service, lunch will be served
from 12.30pm at Doncaster Greek Tavern,
Jackson Court, Doncaster East.

$50 per person (includes drinks)


To book your place, contact Kristalenia
Collins on 0409 357 747 or Helen Vlass
9857 6716 by 27 August.

Learn to make FINIKIA Sunday 24 September



An additional cooking class will be held towards the end of the year. To register your interest, email Peter Raftopoulos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

11.00AM – 1.30PM
At the Clubrooms

The Ithacan Historical Society invites you
to learn how to make traditional Ithacan and Greek dishes.

Join us in the first of a series of cooking
classes where you can learn how to make
delicious FINIKIA.

A light lunch will be served.

$10 per person

Theodora (Beba) Pappas, an expert Ithacan cook, will demonstrate how to make FINIKIA
from a recipe handed down from her aunt Katerini Lekatsas-Athanitis.

Participants will be able to take home a sample of their FINIKIA.

Numbers are limited to 10 people to enable hands on participation.


To book your place, email Peter Raftopoulos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 14 August.

If demand for places is high, we will schedule additional classes before the end of the year.

2017 Annual Ithacan Ball Saturday 14 October

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Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
489 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong, Victoria 3144
Pre-dinner drinks 7pm - 7.30pm

Join us for a wonderful evening of wine, dine and dance in the elegant Kooyong Room,
the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club's flagship function space seating up to 200 guests.

Live entertainment by the Strofes band.

$140 per person all inclusive

Dress: Formal

Your ticket purchase includes:

  • Welcome drinks on arrival
  • A delicious three course dinner
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks
  • Opportunity to bid at the Silent Auction featuring original watercolour paintings of
    Ithacan scenes by artist Jason Roberts
  • Chance to win a lucky draw prize

To book your tickets visit

For further information about the Annual Ball or how to book on Trybooking, contact Debbie Argyropoulos at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0417 577 901.




Join us for Open Day at 'the Club'

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With the excitement that was generated by the Centenary of our Club, members have expressed the desire for the clubrooms to be open more often for members and their friends to come in and enjoy a casual chat with some good coffee! The Executive Committee has thus decided to initially open the clubrooms once a month as an Open Day on the first Thursday of the month, unless it is a Bingo Day when our Open Day will be the second Thursday.
The first Open Day will be Thursday 11 May from 11.30am at Ithaca House, Level 2, 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Click here to find a list of dates for both Bingo and Open Days.

Come in and have a coffee or tea and chat about everything Ithacan, the football, world events or anything that takes your fancy with your fellow members and their friends.
For further details please contact Peter Paxinos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone the club at 9670 0230.

Order your copy of THE ITHACANS

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Centenary Publication


The long and rich, social history of the Ithacan community in Melbourne is comprehensively covered in this impressive 384 page volume, eloquently written by George Paxinos and stunningly designed by James Raftopoulos, both members of our Society.

THE ITHACANS is available for purchase for $50.


Order your copy/ies of THE ITHACANS by completing the ORDER FORM, indicating your preferred method of payment and collection.


Register your interest to buy the A J J Lucas DVD


The Life and Times of A J J Lucas



Since limited screenings of this excellent 17 minute biographical documentary directed by KATRINA LUCAS fascinated audiences at our Centenary Opening in March, and at the recent 7th Greek Short Films Festival, where it was shortlisted for the Award, it will soon be made available for purchase by members.

The DVD will also include a video recording of the Centenary Opening as well as 15 minutes of contemporary live film footage, not previously seen, of Ithacan history containing images of A J J Lucas and his contemporaries during wartime Melbourne of the early 1940s.

Apart from the fascinating A J J Lucas footage, every Ithacan is bound to identify family members, relatives and friends whose live images appear in the compilation featuring contemporary events such as; the commemoration of A J J Lucas’s lifetime community achievements and 82nd birthday, the Allied liberation of Athens in October 1944, the Greek Return Soldiers’ march to the Shrine of Remembrance, the funeral of A J J Lucas on 13 August 1946 and closing tribute.

Please register your interest for the purchase of the DVD by completing your details on the DVD flyer and returning the coupon via:

  • mail to PO Box 311 Balwyn North Vic 3104, or
  • email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Subject to the response, the cost of the appropriately designed souvenir DVD will be confirmed in due course, however, we have targetted a maximum price to members of $20 per copy, plus postage. The more DVDs ordered, the lower the price.