The Chrysanthy and Tessa Mallos Memorial Scholarships

It is with extreme pride that the members of Chapter Arete No. 3 of the Daughters of Penelope in Sydney, under the auspices of AHEPA Australia, announce the establishment of 5 Scholarships that are named, “The Chrysanthy and Tessa Mallos Memorial Scholarships” at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in Sydney.

The Chrysanthy and Tessa Mallos Memorial Scholarships,  BFA, Bachelor’s Degree – MFA, Master’s Degree:

  •  2022 BFA final year student of Hellenic background experiencing financial need ($16,500) for one year
  •  2022 BFA student of Indigenous background experiencing financial need ($50,000 over 3 years).
  •  2022 MFA (Directing) student experiencing financial need. ($25,000.00 over 15 months).
  • 2022 MFA (Writing for Performance) student experiencing financial need ($25,000.00 over 15 months).
  • 2023 BFA student of Hellenic background experiencing financial need ($50,000 over 3 years)

The Chrysanthy and Tessa Mallos Memorial Scholarships are a bequest from mother, Chrysanthy and daughter, Tessa Mallos, a NIDA Graduate in 1962 for Acting, administered by Chapter Arete No. 3 Daughters of Penelope, the Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) which promotes the Australian Hellenic Ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, Family and Individuals.

Chrysanthy Mallos was an active and extremely dedicated member of Chapter Arete No. 3 for decades and was bestowed the title of Honorary Past Chapter President in recognition of her 10-plus consecutive years as Treasurer.  Chrysanthy firmly believed in the values and ideals of the Daughters of Penelope and AHEPA and her gift to Chapter Arete No. 3 is testament of her love for, and belief in, our Association.

Tessa Mallos was a highly respected actor and a lifelong activist. From an early age she showed acting talent and a love for theatre. Tessa was one of the first NIDA graduates and her acting career was launched by an appearance in one of the first Old Tote productions, Dark of the Moon.

During her successful stage and screen career, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam appointed her to the Theatre Board of the Australian Council for the Arts, and she was also a part-time member of the Equal Opportunities Tribunal and member of the National Population Council.

Tessa was also a tireless activist who fought for women’s rights, Government housing and Aboriginal land rights.  After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she also became an activist for advanced cancer sufferers, helping launch the National Breast Cancer Council’s guidelines in 2001.

Her mother, Chrysanthy championed Tessa’s career and made costumes for her early performances. In their later years, Tessa and Chrysanthy were active patrons of the arts, attending a multitude of film screenings and theatre productions together, as well as being active involved in politics and community affairs.

These scholarships will provide students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to study at NIDA while being relieved of some of the burden of living and study expenses.  The members of Chapter Arete No. 3 unanimously voted that at least 2 of the Scholarships be awarded to students from Hellenic and Indigenous heritages for 2022 and one student from an Hellenic heritage in 2023 for a 3-year degree.

NIDA CEO Liz Hughes said, ‘These exciting scholarship opportunities support talented individuals to undertake intensive study at NIDA by removing financial barriers. Our goal is to support courageous and inventive storytellers that are representative of the diversity of contemporary Australia. These scholarships will enable diverse Creatives to develop their voice and skills and be positioned to thrive across arts, cultural and creative industries. We wholeheartedly thank the members of Chapter Arete No. 3 for their support of NIDA and the artistic community.”

From the generous bequest of Chrysanthy Mallos, in addition to the 5 Scholarships established at NIDA, an amount of $20,000 has been donated to the AHEPA National Education Fund Inc.  A donation of $7,500 will be made to the AHEPA Medical Foundation at its breakfast event in June this year that will have professional speakers on the subject of “Sight”.

The Daughters of Penelope’s members in Sydney, under the auspices of AHEPA Australia, tirelessly continue their benevolent work in helping those less fortunate in our community.  The general community that benefits from our members’ work, is numerous, but briefly, the focus for the past few years has been supporting women and children in domestic violence situations by providing clothing and personal items.  Our members and their families generously donate clothing and manchester that is distributed to homeless folk and also to Newtown’s Greek Orthodox Church.  For in excess of 20 years, toys have been donated annually at Christmas to the Exodus Foundation for children with special needs. A donation of $1,000 in $50 vouchers was made recently to the flood affected residents of Lismore.

If anyone would like further information or are interested in joining the Daughters of Penelope in Sydney, please feel free to contact Mrs Penny Cretan, District Lodge of NSW President, on email pcretan@ozemail.com.au;



The installation of Brother GEORGE LIANOS as the new National President of AHEPA AUSTRALIA was very successfully held on Sunday 23rd February 2020 at the Ramsgate RSL in Sydney.
It was an excellent ceremony conducted by the very experienced Director of Ceremonies Bro Emanuel J Comino AM PNP and Bro Tasha Vanos OAM PSP as Installing Officer and enthusiastically attended by more than 60 eager Ahepans.
George Lianos has extensive experience in community affairs and business and is well suited and capable to lead AHEPA AUSTRALIA towards the reunification of AHEPA nationally.
Sister Sophia Notaras PGP of Canberra ACT was invested as the National Vice President.
Congratulations Bro George and Sis Sophia!
We look forward to a very successful term of office with our full support!














AHEPA Chapter Heracles Christmas function

The National President of Australia George Lianos, Grand Lodge of NSW  President, Kon Gouros, President of NSW District Lodge Penny Cretan and Six Chapter Presidents of all the very active Chapters and Lodges were represented. The strength and future of AHEPA in NSW. Bravo to the organisers of the event for a great night with over 100 guests in attendance!




The GRAND LODGE AND DISTRICT LODGE in NSW hosted the 65th NATIONAL CONVENTION in SYDNEY from the 16th to the 18th November 2019 at the RAMSGATE RSL CLUB and involved over 50 delegates from all over Australia.

The outgoing National President of AHEPA AUSTRALASIA, Mrs Helen Katsaros chaired the Convention accompanied by many of the National Lodge members.

On Sunday 17th of November the Delegates attended a church service at St Spyridon Greek Orthodox church in Kingsford. The official opening of the Convention was held at the The Lakes Golf Club in the presence of Her Excellency the High Commissioner for Cyprus, Mrs Martha Mavrommatis and the Consul- general for Greece in Sydney, Christos Karras. Both Dignitaries offered their best wishes to the Convention Delegates and gave a detailed account of the current issues affecting both our mother countries of Greece and Cyprus.

The 65th National Convention was hailed as a great success as the Delegates involved in various conferences and events exchanging many opinions and ideas on important Educational, Philanthropic and Cultural issues as well as discussing new strategies for the future of the Organisation and ways of encouraging new membership. It was all very constructive and harmonious!

The Convention also elected the next National President Mr. George Lianos from Sydney and the National Vice President Mrs Sophia Notaras as well as Mr Theodore Lianos as a member of the National Lodge.

Substantial donations were made to the pediatric ward of the Canberra Hospital and the Greek Community Aged Care Home. In total, AHEPA made over $42,784 donations throughout the past year to various large and small Charitable Institutions.

About 25 of the Delegates also participated in a Bus Trip to the Blue Mountains the day after the Convention.

It was decided to hold the 66th National Convention again in Sydney in October 2020.










































A large donation of clothing coordinated by AHEPA’s Daughters of
Penelope NSW will support patients in need at Royal Prince Alfred
Hospital. Over 18 large bags, plus several boxes of children’s and adult clothing, books, toys and blankets were collected and donated in a visit last week by AHEPA’s Daughters together with the Hon Sophie CotsisMLC, Shadow Minister for Ageing, Disability Services, and for Multiculturalism.

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