On Wednesday evening, at the invitation of the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Adrian Schrinner, the leaders of the Greek Community of Brisbane attended a Civic Reception held at Brisbane’s City Hall to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution.
In the absence of the Lord Mayor, who was attending a Lord Mayors Conference in Adelaide, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Krista Adams, hosted the reception.
The Deputy Mayor welcomed everyone and spoke at length on the significance of the milestone anniversary and the integral part the Greek community has played in the fabric of the city of Brisbane.
The Honorary Consul-General of Greece in Queensland, Mr Jim Raptis OBE, responded to the Deputy Mayor’s address and thanked the Deputy Mayor for the hospitality extended to the Greek Community in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence.
In his response, Mr Raptis also referred to the important role City Hall has played in significant events throughout history and that the building’s architecture is influenced by the classical Greek style and how this style reflects the time of the height of democracy of Ancient Greece.
Guests at the reception included many Councillors of the Wards of Brisbane, the recently retired Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland, the Honourable Anthe Philippides, representing the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in Queensland, Rev. Father Timothy Evangelinidis, Presidents of the various Greek Communities in Brisbane and many Philhellenes.