E-news Issue 4
Monday, 07 June 2021
Charles Darwin University
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Charles Darwin University Head of Greek Studies George Frazis dedicates his new book “Hellenic Diapora” to Darwin icon Austin Asche
Charles Darwin University Head of Greek Studies George Frazis dedicates his new book “Hellenic Diapora” to Darwin icon Austin Asche

Asche honoured in tales of Greeks up North

Former Administrator of the Northern Territory and Darwin icon Austin Asche has been honoured through a book written about history of Greeks in Darwin.

Charles Darwin University Head of Greek Studies Associate Professor George Frazis is the editor and author of the book Hellenic Diaspora, which he dedicated to Asche.

The 95-year-old veteran, who can fluently speak Ancient Greek, wrote the book’s preface where he details the role that Greek Australian’s played in Darwin and Greek settlement.

“We dedicated the book to Austin as a strong advocate and supporter of the Hellenics and for his respect for the Greek community in Darwin,” Associate Professor Frazis said. 

“It’s really a celebration of the role the Greek community played to make Darwin the vibrant city it is today.”

“It recounts the many stories detailed about Greek families and their contribution they made to Darwin to making it thrive in the early years.”

The book covers chapters on Greek Australian presence up north, the first Greek settlements in the Territory, the role of Hellenic women in Darwin in the early 20th century and other related issues to Hellenic Diaspora in Australia and beyond.