Greek Australians recognised for their service on Australia Day 2021

Greek Australians recognised for their service on Australia Day 2021

Greek Australians recognised for their service on Australia Day 2021

The Australia Day Honours list has been announced for 2021.

844 Australians were recognised across categories such as Community, Military, Medicine, The Arts, Science, Media and Medicine.

Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, David Hurley said the honours helped celebrate the contributions of people from every part of the community.

"On behalf of all Australians, I congratulate everyone recognised in the Australia Day Honours list," he said.

“The individuals we celebrate today come from all parts of our great nation and have served the community in almost every way conceivable. They’re diverse and unique but there are some common characteristics, including selflessness, commitment and dedication.”

Six Greek Australians from across various sectors were recognised for their services as part of the Australia Day Honours list.

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Socceroos legend Tim Cahill, cricket great Greg Chappell and racing icon Gai Waterhouse are also among the names on the annual honour roll.

Greek Australians recognised for their service on Australia Day:
  • Ms Theodora AHILAS (Blakehurst NSW 2221): For service to people affected by asbestos-related diseases, and to the law.
  • Miss Eleni Andriana GLOUFTSIS (VIC): For service to Australian rules football, particularly as an umpire.
  • Mr George Anthony VOYAGE (VIC): For service to amateur Australian rules football and cricket.
  • Mr John Constantine VARNAVIDES (Pemberton WA 6260)
*Please Note: The recipients were identified based on their last names.  If we have missed a community member of Greek origin, please email us at [email protected]

Nominations for the Order of Australia can be made at any time throughout the year. If you know someone worthy, nominate them at

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GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.

1 Comment
  1. Three Victorians. Given the size of our community, this is pathetic. NO, NOT the persons who deserved to be recognised but the miserable number when there are so many.WE have heaps of amazing Hellenes in AHEPA, in different industries, across the community, in sports… But first they must be nominated, and I have proudly nominated many over the years. Then, they must be supported and here a few of mine failed because of jealousies by others. I still recall one MALAKA years ago who asked me why him who I was nominating and not the malaka, even though that fool had done NOTHING himself ever and he admitted same. Jealousies or even hatred but it comes back to the need to nominate. So OPEN your eyes and look around you. There will be many who have earned such recognition and, in past years, I have even named a few publicly.