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21/Feb/2016 Funeral Notice
With great sadness we want to inform about passing of Eddie Safrazian this week.

The Safrazian family arrived from Egypt in 1964 They were one of the original founding families of ACASA. Eddie's father, the late Peter Safrazian was a former president of ACASA Inc in the 1970s.

Our condolences to Mrs Takouhi Safrazian, Lucy(Seta) and Raffi.

Anna Amirkhanyan, President, ACASA

17/Jan/2014 Creative Writing Competition on the Armenian Genocide
Please read full article here.

13/Dec/2014 Funeral Notice
It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of Mrs Elizabeth BABAYAN, a much respected member of the Armenian Communityof South Australia.

The late Mrs Elizabeth BABAYAN was born in Tarsus, Turkey, on February 10,1925. She passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side at Q.E.H. on December 10, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Simon (deceased) and the much loved mother of Jack, Jessie, Jane and mother-in-law of Peter. She was the treasured Granny of Elefteria and Andrew, Dimitri and Bathsheba, Armen, Afram, Benedict, Justine, Jessica and families. She was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by all her family and friends in Australia and overseas.

Her Funeral service will be conducted in its entirety in the Folland Chapel, Enfield Memorial Park on Monday, December 15 at 2:45 pm.

Visitation will be held in the Peter Elberg Funeral Home, 280 Grange Road,Flinders Park, SUNDAY EVENING, December 14, between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm

This Funeral Notice has been sent to the Armenians of South Australia at the request of the Relatives of the Deceased.

Alec Balayance

09/Sep/2014 NSW Parliament in Australia passes motion condemning Azerbaijan aggression
Please read full article on ANC website.

20/Apr/2014 Easter Message from Bishop Haigazoun Najarian
Dear friends,

Happy Easter to you and your family. Please read Easter message from Bishop Haigazoun Najarian in Armenian and in English.

15/Feb/2014 A Cocktail Reception in Celebration of the Feast of Saint Sarkis

14/Apr/2013 COMMEMORATION SERVICE and UNVEILING OF A MEMORIAL KHATCHKAR dedicated to the late ARCHBISHOP AGHAN BALIOZIAN

07/Dec/2012 Աւստրալիոյ Եւ Նիւ Զելանտայի Թեմի Առաջնորդ Նշանակուած է
Գարեգին Բ. Ամենայն Հայոց կաթողիկոսի տնօրինութեամբ Հայկազուն եպս. Նաճարեան, կեդրոնական Եւրոպայի եւ Շուետի հայրապետական պատուիրակի պարտականութիւնները աւարտելով նշանակուած է Աւստրալիոյ եւ Նիւ Զելանտայի հայոց թեմի առաջնորդ: Ան իր նոր պարտականութիւնը պիտի ստանձնէ 1 Յունուար 2013ին:

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01/Nov/2012 Armenian Festival 2012, Sydney

06/Oct/2012 The response letter from the ambassador of Hungary in Australia, Ms Anna Siko
The response letter from the ambassador of Hungary in Australia, Ms Anna Siko' to the earlier concern letter sent by the Armenian Cultural Association of SA about the release of a convicted murderer Ramil Safarov. Please click here to read the letter ...

05/Oct/2012 NSW Jewish Board of Deputies pays tribute to late Armenian Archbishop Aghan Baliozian (North Shore Times)
VIC Alhadeff, CEO of the NEW Jewish Board of Deputies, paid tribute to Aghan Baliozian on Thursday at the late Primate's Macquarie Park Cemetery graveside.

The board's full statement is published in North Shore Times ... http://north-shore-times.whereilive.com.au/news/story/nsw-jewish-board-of-deputies-ceo-vic-alhadeff-pays-tribute-to-aghan-baliozian-armenian-church/

04/Oct/2012 Hundreds honour late Primate of Armenian Church Aghan Baliozian (North Shore Times)
CROWDS packed into the Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Resurrection in Chatswood on Thursday morning for the Episcopal funeral of the late Primate of the Armenian Church of Australia and New Zealand.

His Eminence, Archbishop Aghan Baliozian, died suddenly of a heart attack on September 22, aged 66.

A special requiem service was held at the Macquarie St church on Wednesday at 7pm, before Thursday's open casket viewing funeral service and final consecration, which began at 10am.

The late Primate was laid to rest in a designated plot behind the Armenian Section of Macquarie Park Cemetery.

Distinguished guests from Australia and New Zealand and three Archbishops from Jerusalem, India and Armenia, were among more than 600 people who turned out to farewell the Archbishop.

Member for North Sydney, Joe Hockey, member for Willoughby, Gladys Berejiklian, and member for Berowra, Philip Ruddock, were all in attendance.

His Emincence resided on the northern beaches but had made Willoughby and Chatswood his home for a number of years.

A moment's silence was held at Willoughby council chambers last week and Willoughby mayor Pat Reilly paid tribute at the Archbishop's graveside.

Vic Alhadeff, Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, spoke on behalf of the Jewish community.

Please click on this link to read full article ... http://north-shore-times.whereilive.com.au/news/story/hundreds-turns-out-in-chatswood-to-honour-late-primate-of-armenian-church-aghan-baliozian/

29/May/2012 Ոգեկոչման աննախադեպ միջոցառում Ավստրալիայում
Պատմության մեջ առաջին անգամ 2012 թ. մայիսի 20-ին Հարավային Ավստրալիայում` Ադելաիդայում, Օսմանյան Թուրքիայի իրագործած ցեղասպանությունից վերապրած քրիստոնյա ազգերի ժառանգները միասնաբար հավաքվել էին` բարձրացնելու իրենց ձայնը հանուն պատմական արդարության և ցեղասպանության ճանաչման:

Please click on this link to read full article ... http://www.hayernaysor.am/1338280080

25/May/2012 Assyrian, Greek, Armenian Genocide Monument Unveiled In South Australia
From Assyrian International News Agency http://www.aina.org/

Last Sunday May 20, 2012 marked the official unveiling of the Armenian, Assyrian and Pontian Greeks genocide monument in South Australia.

The memorial was conducted by three brotherly organisations; the Pontian Brotherhood of South Australia; the Armenian Cultural Association of South Australia; and the Assyrian Universal Alliance-Australian Chapter.

The genocide perpetrated against the Christian population of Anatolia claimed the lives of one and half million Armenians, half a million of Pontian Greeks and 750,000 Assyrians, a shameful act by the Ottoman Empire in its final years.

Commemoration began with a mass in memory of victims of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian genocide which was held at St. Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church of Salisbury. Conducted by Bishop Nikandros of Doryleon and Reverent Fathers Christos Tsoraklidis and Silouan Fotineas, and was attended by more than 20 representatives from Local, State and Federal Government.

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24/May/2012 The Official Unveiling of the Genocide Monument in South Australia
On Sunday, May 20, 2012 in the city of Adelaide in South Australia, a special ceremony was organised to commemorate the unveiling of a monument dedicated to the victims of the Armenian, Assyrian and Pontian Greeks genocide committed by Turkey’s Ottoman government during World War I, 1914-1923. The genocide perpetrated against the Christian population of Anatolia, a shameful act by the Ottoman Empire in its final years, claimed the lives of one and a half million Armenians, half a million Pontian Greeks and 750,000 Assyrians.

Erecting the South Australian genocide monument was the result of great efforts made by three brotherly organizations: the Pontian Brotherhood of South Australia, the Armenian Cultural Association of South Australia, and the Assyrian Universal Alliance-Australia Chapter.

Click to read the original article in Assyria Times http://www.assyriatimes.com/engine/modules/news/article.php?storyid=3466

24/Apr/2012 THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE INAUGURAL COMMEMORATION, ADELAIDE 2012
At 6.30 pm on April 24, 2012, the Armenian Cultural Association of South Australia held its inaugural Armenian Genocide Commemoration in the chapel and courtyard of the SA Migrant Museum in Kintore Rd, Adelaide. In attendance were The Hon. Michael Atkinson MP, Mr Tony Zappia (Federal) MP, Ms Anastasia Volis, president of the Pontian Brotherhood of SA, Mr Harry Tavlaridis, immediate past president of the Pontian Brotherhood and Mrs Anastasia Tavlaridis, Mr Andrew Steiner, Adelaide sculptor and Holocaust survivor and Association president Mrs Elena Harrison. An apology came from the Rwandan President of SA, Mr Innocent Munyantwali.

The ceremony began with a welcome from Migration Museum curator Ms Catherine Manning, who acknowledged the Kaurna people as traditional owners and custodians of the land, welcomed the guests and spoke about the Armenian community of SA. The keynote address came from Association president Mrs Elena Harrison, who urged the community to maintain togetherness and to keep the memory of the Genocide alive. “Much has been accomplished,” she said, (but) “the Federal Parliament has still not recognised the Genocide and we, as a community, must continue to seek this new recognition from our new homeland.”

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18/Apr/2012 Հարավային Ավստրալիայի մշակութային ասոցիացիայի նախաձեռնությամբ՝ 2012 թ.-ի գարնանը Ադելաիդայում Ներգաղթի թանգարան է բացվել
Ավստրալիայի մշակույթի նախարար Ջենիֆֆեր Պենկինը բացեց ցուցահանդեսը մի հրաշալի ելույթով Հայաստանի և հայ ժողովրդի մասին: Նա հիացած էր ներկայացված ցուցանմուշներով, առանձնապես Ուիսթոն Չերլիլին և հայկական կոնյակին վերաբերող նյութերով: Նախարարը ավարտեց իր ելույթը Պարույր Սևակի «Մենք քիչ ենք, սակայն մեզ հայ են ասում»բանաստեղծությամբ:

Միջոցառումն ուղեկցվում էր Ադելաիդա նահանգից ժամանած սիմֆոնիկ նվագախմբի հրաշալի ջութակահարներ Մինաս և Էռնա Բերբերյանների նվագակցությամբ: Ցուցահանդեսը կարևորվում էր հատկապես այն հանգամանքով, որ մի քանի օրից լրանում է Հայոց ցեղասպանության 97-րդ տարելիցը:

«Հայաստան. քրիստոնեության 17 դարեր» ցուցահանդեսի գլխավոր կապմակերպիչը կոմիտեի մեր սիրելի անդամ Ֆիլիպա Օլսենն է, ով կոմիտեի նախագահ տիկին Ելենա Հարիսոնի, քարտուղար պարոն Ալեք Բալայանցի և համայնքի անդամների աջակցությամբ կարողացավ կազմակերպել այս հրաշալի միջոցառումը:

Ցուցահանդեսը ներկայացնում էր Հայաստանի և հայ ազգի մշակույթը և պատմությունը` նկարների և ֆիլմերի, հագուստների և արվեստի գործերի միջոցով: Ցուցահանդեսը կգործի 3 ամիս և կշարունակի սովորեցնել զբոսաշրջիկներին հնագույն ազգի ավանդույթներին և մշակույթին:

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20/Mar/2012 Elena Harrison, President of ACASA, visit to Sydney
Last week the President of ACASA, Elena Harrison, visited Sydney. During her short trip she visited the Armenian Church of Holy Resurrection and attended Holy Mass on Sunday morning.

She also was privileged to meet with the Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, Archbishop Aghan Baliozian. During the conversation they discussed the community life, and the latest and upcoming events.

His Eminence gave his wise advice and wished all the community success. He is looking forward to visiting Adelaide at some time this year. We hope to have his Eminence pay a pastoral visit and celebrate the Holy Mass in Adelaide later this year.

03/Mar/2012 Forum exhibition “Armenia – 17 Centuries of Christianity”
Armenian Cultural Association of South Australia has started March 2012 with the launch of an exhibition at the Migration Museum in Adelaide.

The main creator of the exhibition “Armenia-17centuries of Christianity” is a beloved committee member Philippa Olsen, who, with the support of the president Mrs Elena Harrison, the secretary Mr Alec Balayance, committee members and community, was able to create this wonderful exhibition.

The exhibition demonstrates the history and culture of Armenia and the Armenian people through images, videos, costumes and artifacts donated by the Armenian Community of South Australia.

The Minister of Multicultural Affairs Hon. Jennifer Rankine MP opened the exhibition with a lovely speech about Armenia and the Armenian people. She was fascinated by the exhibits but mostly by the story about Winston Churchill and the Armenian brandy displayed at the museum. The minister finished her speech with the poem of Paruyr Sevak ‘We Are Few But We Are Called Armenians’.

The ceremony was accompanied by the fine Armenian violinists from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Mr Minas and Mrs Erna Berberyans.

The exhibition has a special meaning not only for Armenians from Adelaide but also for Armenians all over the world as next month will be 97th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

The exhibition will run for more than three months meanwhile educating tourists about one of the oldest nations of the world.

At the end of the ceremony the special guests were sharing their impressions from the exhibition with each other and with the community while enjoying Armenian biscuits and cakes and a cup of coffee.

The Migration Museum is located at

Adress: 82 Kintore Avenue
ADELAIDE SA 5000

Open:

10am - 5pm Monday to Friday
< 1pm - 5pm weekends and public holidays

Closed: Christmas Day and Good Friday

Admission: Free

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27/Jan/2012 Ավստրալահայերը մասնակցել են Ավստրալիայի օրվան նվիրված տոնակատարությանը
Հունվարի 26-ը նշանավորվում է պատմական այն փաստով, որ եվրոպացիները տիրեցին Կանաչ մայրցամաքին: 1788 թ. հունվարի 26-ին կապիտան Արթուր Ֆիլիպը նավը կանգնեցրեց Սիդնեի փոքրիկ ծովախորշում: Նա բարձրացրեց Մեծ Բրիտանիայի դրոշը և հիմնադրեց Նոր Հարավային Ուելս անվանակոչած առաջին գաղութը:

Ավստրալիայի ազգային այս տոնի հանդիսությանը մասնակցել են նաեւ հայկական համայնքի ներկայացուցիչները, տեղեկացնում են ՀՀ սփյուռքի նախարարության Ամերիկայի հայ համայնքների վարչությունից:

25/Jan/2012 Choosing to be Armenian in Adelaide - by Houry Mayissian - armenia.com.au
If you happen to be in Adelaide on Australia Day this year, make sure you don’t miss Noah’s Ark resting on a snow-capped Mount Ararat “parading” through the city’s streets.

“What place does Noah’s Ark have in Australia Day Parade?” you are probably asking yourself and rightfully so.

William Saroyan once famously declared it only takes two Armenians to create a new Armenia. And in Adelaide a handful of Armenians seem to be doing just that as I had the pleasure to discover during a recent trip.

The Armenian community of Adelaide is estimated at 200 only. Yet, its achievements have been quite remarkable for its size. Next to New South Wales, South Australia is the only other Australian state to have recognised the Armenian Genocide. A plaque at the city’s Immigration Museum pays tribute to the Armenian Genocide victims of the Ottoman Empire.

The President of the Armenian Cultural Association of South Australia, Elena Harrison, has been literally on the hunt for Armenians since her arrival from Armenia in 2009. More ...

20/Jan/2012 Elena Harrison was appointed as the ANC's Adelaide Representative
ADELAIDE: The Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC Australia) has launched into 2012 with the appointment of Adelaide Armenian community activist Elena Harrison as the organisation's Adelaide Representative.

Currently the President of the Armenian Cultural Association of South Australia, Harrison will be tasked with increasing Armenian political presence in Adelaide and throughout the State of South Australia in her new role as ANC Australia Adelaide Representative. More broadly, Harrison will also act as the main link of the Adelaide Armenian community to the community in Sydney, facilitating their access to events and initiatives based in Sydney and Canberra.

“With guidance from the ANC Australia National Board and the support of the near 200 Armenian-Australians living in Adelaide, we will work to expand the political and media reach of this community,” said Harrison. More ...


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