Philhellenes And Philologists: NSW Teachers Of Modern Greek

This is the text of a speech by Gough Whitlam to the NSW Teachers of Modern Greek Association, in Bankstown.

Philhellenes and philologists

The ancient Greek gods are alive and well. Athena and Phevos will make the awards at to-day’s ceremony in Bankstown. Last year their images presided over the splendid Olympics in Athens. Throughout Australia the Governor-General makes more and more appearances as Zeus to express his omnipotence. A generation ago a Governor-General whom I had chosen made an unforgettable appearance as Bacchus to present the Melbourne Cup at Flemington in Victoria.

The matters on which I should address you are (a) how important is the Greek language in Australia? (b) how important is Greek civilisation to Australia? [Read more…]

Whitlam Tries To Speak Greek On 3ZZ

This is a delightful clip of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam grappling with Greek in preparation for a broadcast on 3ZZ.

3ZZ was an access radio station in Melbourne, with what we used to call an “ethnic audience”.

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