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History of Greek Churches in Australia:

Greek immigration to Australian began mid nineteenth century, with around 10000 Greeks in Australia by 1927. Post World War II saw a steep increase in Greek migration from war-torn Europe. This sudden increase posed new religious and social problems for the Greek Australian community, with a growing population and a changing of needs and issues.

To better organise and provide for these new needs, many more communities were established through out Australia centred around the building of new Greek schools and of course, churches.

These churches became a huge source for community support and mobilisation, providing for the general philanthropic and social problems of Greeks with special attention given to caring for the youth and the religious education of children.

Today the Archdiocese has over 100 priests, 105 churches and 120 community organisations.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. Unknown. The History of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 11 March 2017].

The Demographic of Greek language in Australia:

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census data in 2006 highlighted that of all Greece-born persons in Australia, 95.3% identify with the Christian religion.

Greek is the 5th most commonly spoken language in Australia, with a recorded 252 211 at-home speakers in 2011.

 Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2006. 2006 Census Table: Ancestry by Country of Birth of Parents – Time Series Statistics (2001, 2006 Census Years). [ONLINE] Available at:,%202006%20Census%20Years)&producttype=Census%20Tables&metod=Place%20of%20Usual%20Residence&topic=Ancestry&. [Accessed 14 March 2017].

 Australian Bureau of Statistics . 2006. 2006 Census Table: Languages Spoken at Home bye Sex – Time series Statistics (1996, 2001, 2006 Census Years). [ONLINE] Available at:,%202001,%202006%20Census%20Years)&producttype=Census%20Tables&method=Place%20of%20Usual%20Residence&topic=Language&. [Accessed 15 March 2017].