Several Greek-Australians were included in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List, which was released earlier this week by Buckingham Palace.
There were 993 total Australians who received recognition from the Queen in the general division and 221 people received meritorious and military awards.
In the category of Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, Lilliane Gomatos, from Darwin, received recognition for her significant service to the Greek community of the Northern Territory.
Athena (Tina) Karanastasis, from Hawthorne SA, was rewarded for her significant service to the multicultural community of South Australia. Professor Constance Helen Katelaris, from Epping NSW, received her Order of Australia award for her significant service to medicine in the field of immunology and allergies.
Professor Steven Anthony Krilis, from Hunters Hill NSW, was honored for his significant service to medical research in the areas of inflammation, thrombosis and allergic disease. Dr. Nicholas Saltos, from NSW, received the award for his significant service to medicine and to education.
Those who received the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division included Patti Manolis, from Geelong (Victoria) for her significant service to the library and information sector.
Tasia Manos received the honor for her service to the Greek community of Victoria. Vasiliki Nihas-Bogiatzis, from Barton ACT, was given the medal for her service to the arts and cultural heritage.
Bill Papastergiadis, from Toorak, received his Order of Australia medal for his longtime service to the Greek Orthodox community of Victoria.
Captain John Stavridis was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for outstanding achievement as the Commanding Officer of HMAS Hobart.