Sister Kaliniki nominated for inaugural People’s Choice Blue Plaque in NSW

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Nominations are now open for a fresh round of Blue Plaques to celebrate the people, groups and events which have contributed to the rich heritage of New South Wales.

For the first time, the NSW Government is announcing a People’s Choice Blue Plaque. Heritage NSW has shortlisted favourite nominations from past rounds and launched a public vote to decide the inaugural People’s Choice Blue Plaque.

Among the eight nominees is Sister Kaliniki, born Coralia Stavropoulos (née Christides). She was Australia’s first ordained Greek Orthodox nun who dedicated her life to supporting Greek immigrants in Australia.

Sister Kaliniki founded the Christian Ladies and Girls Greek Orthodox Society of Australia and was known for her extensive community service, including welcoming migrant ships arriving in Sydney, offering settlement advice, distributing clothing, and providing referrals to medical and other essential services. She also collected clothing to support the poor in Greece.

The NSW Minister for Heritage Penny Sharpe said, “the Minns Labor Government values the diversity of our community and history, and we look forward to it being recognised in this round of Blue Plaques.”

“The People’s Choice category is an exciting way for everyone to get involved, even if they don’t have a specific nomination in mind,” Ms Sharpe added.

The NSW Government want to hear memories from the Greek community in NSW about Sister Kaliniki’s work and impact. They are also looking for photographs or any other materials that community members may have and are willing to share. These materials may be shared, and votes may be cast, via www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/blue-plaques-nsw.

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