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.

Immigration Museum Exhibition - Extended until Sunday 16 July


Immigration Museum Exhibition

Due to popular demand,  our exhibition has been extended until Sunday 16 July

This special centenary exhibition documents the history of Ithacan settlement in Melbourne, including stories and achievements of Ithacan settlers and subsequent generations. The Immigration Exhibition receives 400 visitors a day so if you haven't already seen it, make sure you do. You may even like to bring along the family.

The Immigration museum is scheduling 'Odyssey Live' on Saturday 3 June. Performed by renowned Greek Australian spoken work artist, writer and slam poet, Luka Lesson, Odyssey Live is a re-imagining of Homer's ancient Greek epic 'The Odyssey'. For further information click here:

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Greek Goddess Theatre Evening - 1 July


Gasworks Arts Park Presents


We have booked twenty tickets for Ithacan Philanthropic Society members and friends to attend this uplifting theatre production about a significant moment in the life of the Greek siren, Melina Mercouri, known as the 'Greek Goddess'.

Originally from a socialist family in Athens, this moment in history turns Melina Mercouri from a Hollywood-bound starlet to an activist for her country. Expelled from Greece by the military junta, she refused to be silenced.

The story begins when the curtain falls on a Broadway stage. The star comes forward to receive her applause. Melina Mercouri, sex symbol and Cannes award-winner, tells her New York audience the truth about events unfolding in Greece. A military coup has taken place, and lives are at stake. What can one woman do?

This new drama, set to music and song, transports us to 1967. When one woman stood up to the Greek army from a stage in New York, New York, and lived to see the consequences.

Award-winning music theatre star Maria Mercedes (Taxithi, Nine, Zorba, Chicago) conjures the flavours and textures of Melina Mercouri’s world, with this captivating cabaret based on the life, work and passions of an actor, singer, activist, politician and icon of Greek popular culture.

Dive into her majestic world through the stories and music of her life. Experience love songs, traditional Greek songs, protest songs, songs from her films and comedy songs – in English, French and Greek, all accompanied with live music from talented musicians on piano, guitar and bouzouki.

Saturday 1 July at 7.30pm

Gasworks Theatre, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park

Approx 90 minutes

Contact Anna Vlass 0439 317 384

Acclaimed cabaret theatre director Terence O’Connell (Reviewing The Situation, Around the World In 80 Days, Kitchen Sink) and musical director Andrew Patterson (Taxithi, Eurobeat, Blood Brothers, Guys and Dolls) present an original piece of captivating theatre.

Praise for Terence O’Connell

Terence O’Connell’s production is an unalloyed triumph – The Australian

Whip-smart direction by Terence O’Connell – Theatre People

A great way to spend an hour at the theatre, a very classy production – Aussie Theatre

“If you appreciate sheer quality, then this immensely moving play is for you” – Independent Theatre Association

Written & Directed by Terence O’Connell
Starring Maria Mercedes
Musical Direction by
Andrew Patterson

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.