With his original research work Hellenism by the Bay: Hellenic Presence in the City of Rockdale, which sheds light on the ties between the Rockdale government area and Hellenism, Panayiotis Diamadis was named Joint Winner of the 2012 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize on Oct. 20 during a ceremony in Sydney.
Rockdale Mayor Shane O’Brien announced the winners of this year’s awards and presented them with the prestigious prizes and praised the work concerning all aspects of life and local history of the broader Rockdale area. The awards have been presented annually since 2006 in honor of former Mayor and historian Ron Rathbone.
Diamadis focused his winning entry on describing the human ties developed between Rockdale and its vivid and strong Hellenic Community since the first European settlements in the area. He paid extra attention to the the Hellenic toponyms found throughout the area and the athletic spirit.
Diamadis has completed a Doctorate in Genocide Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary) from The University of Sydney. He teaches History at St Andrew’s (Anglican) Cathedral School in Sydney, as well as Genocide Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has published in academic and teaching journals such as Genocide Perspectives, Modern Greek Studies and Teaching History on topics of Australian and Hellenic history, and genocide studies.