Throwing Light on Homeric Ithaca Exhibition

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 The Ithacan Historical Society
presents an exhibition
Throwing Light on Homeric Ithaca
Dimitris I. Paizis-Danias
The heritage of Homer’s Ithaca,
today’s unique Ithaca
Κέκλυτε δ νν μευ, θακήσιοι, ττί κεν επω
So listen to me Ithacans in what I have to say…
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A democratic appeal made by Telemachus, the heir to the throne,
who while holding the royal sceptre, addresses the agora,
meeting place of the Ithacans.


The exhibition is open for viewing at the Club rooms on the monthly Thursday OPEN DAYS. 
 Click for Open Day dates 

2019 Ithacan Ball - Saturday 25 May

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Bookings now open ...

2019 Ithacan Ball

Saturday 25 May 7pm

ZINC at Federation Square

Get your ‘parea’ together and join us for a memorable evening of ‘glendi’, fine food and wine at Zinc exquisitely located on the banks of the Yarra. Featuring two great bands to dance the night away.


$160 per person

Dress: Formal


Your ticket purchase includes:

  • Welcome drinks on arrival
  • A delicious three course dinner
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks
  • Continuous entertainment with two live bands
  • Chance to win a lucky door prize

To book your tickets visit 


CONTACT:  Debbie Argyropoulos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0417 577 901.


We gratefully acknowledge our generous supporters:

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Nicky & Andreas Anagnostatos


     Kristalenia Collins



Katerini Manolatos

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Cooking Class Sunday 16 June 2019 - Learn to make Rovani and Amigdalota

   Ithacan Historical Society - COOKING CLASSES 2019

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Due to popular demand a repeat cooking class featuring two delicious sweets:

Rovani - the classic and uniquely Ithacan honey & rice sweet
Amigdalota - Greek almond macaroons

When:  Sunday, 16 June  at 11.00 am 

Venue: Clubrooms

$10 per person

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited to 10 people to enable hands on participation.

Email Peter Raftopoulos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Musical Odyssey, Songs from Greece - Saturday 29 June

Proudly sponsored by the Ithacan Philanthropic Society

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Want to be taken back to the Greek islands or to listen to the vibrant melodies of your youth?

Inspired by the well-loved music of Greece, A Musical Odyssey is touring Australia in 2019, bringing thoughtful and fresh arrangements of Greek classics to a city near you.

Combining the pure elements of voice (Katerini Manolatos) and guitar (Paul Chantrill) with traditional instruments such as the bouzouki (Costa Vasili) to bring authenticity and nostalgia, this is a night not to be missed! Katerini Manolatos is of Ithacan heritage and hails from Cairns. Her dad, Yianni, is from Vathi. Her grandparents were Panayioti and Katerini (Trilivas) Manolatos.

Mια αξέχαστη βραδιά γεμάτη νοσταλγία. Mε μουσική των μεγάλων συνθετών Θεοδωράκη, Ξαρχάκου και Χατζιδάκι. Mε την εκλεκτή φωνή της Κατερίνης Mανωλάτου, τον θαυμαστό κιθαρίστα Paul Chantrill και το μαγευτικό μπουζούκι του Κώστα Βασίλη.

Saturday 29 June 2019 at 7:30 pm
Renaissance Theatre
826 High Street Kew East

For bookings go to:

Journey to Nostos - rescheduled - new date 28 July 2019

A joint IPS and AHEPA initiative

Featuring Peter Andrews and Peter O'Conner

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Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to reschedule Journey to Nostos.
The new date is Sunday 28 July. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Dr. Peter O’Connor (pictured left) is a renowned author and psychotherapist who has based much of his practice and writing on Greek and Irish mythology. Pete Andrews (Anagnostatos), member of the Ithacan Philanthropic Society Board, is an Ithacan Australian who has had deep personal and ancestral connection to Homer’s The Odyssey all his life.

Join Peter and Pete in a stimulating conversation which traverses the mythical landscape of The Odyssey.

Together they reimagine Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, as a metaphor for the violence in contemporary society, in particular that of male violence.

Hear how a 3000 year old story continues to resonate down the centuries as Peter and Pete explore the important theme of identity and deliver a powerful message about the importance of developing mature, reflective, conscious men, and indeed women.

Where:  Ithacan Philanthropic Society Clubrooms

When:  Sunday 28 July, 2.00 pm

RSVP:  Debbie Argyropoulos  Mob:  0417 577 901  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Join us for Open Day at 'the Club'

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Come into the clubrooms and enjoy a casual chat with familiar faces and good coffee! Open Day is held once a month on the first Thursday of every month, unless it is a Bingo Day when Open Day will be the second Thursday.  

It is relaxed and informal and a great opportunity to chat with other Ithacans about the football, world events, your next Ithacan summer holiday or anything else that takes your fancy.

It is also an opportunity to share recollections and stories about the Club and our family histories.  Currently we are discussing and documenting the history of Ithacan owned and operated shops/businesses in the Melbourne CBD and suburbs. 

We hope to see you there.

All welcome.

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 on 9670 0230.

Open Day dates for 2019  from 11am are:

Thursday 7 February

Thursday 7 March

Thursday 4 April

Thursday 9 May

Thursday 6 June

Thursday 4 July

Thursday 1 August

Thursday 12 September

Thursday 10 October

Thursday 7 November

Thursday 12 December


Bingo Dates 2019

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2019 DATES:

Thursday 31 January

Thursday 14, 28 February

Thursday 14, 28 March

Thursday 11 April

Thursday 2, 30 May

Thursday 16 May - Biggest Morning Tea Cancer Council Fundraiser

Thursday 13, 27 June

Thursday 11, 25 July

Thursday 8, 22 August

Thursday 5, 19 September

Thursday 3, 17, 31 October

Thursday 14, 28 November      

Thursday 5 December – Bingo and break-up Christmas luncheon