Identifying a Greek precinct

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The Greek community has had an enormous impact on everyday life in Marrickville and Dulwich Hill. We’d like to formally recognise this contribution by identifying a Greek precinct in Marrickville and Dulwich Hill.


Mid 1980s Dimos, Diamandis and George Scoullis in the Hellenic Bakery, now the Hellenic Patisserie and Gelato Bar Courtesy of the Scoullis family from Vasilios Vasilas


In the 1960s Greek was commonly spoken on the streets and there was high demand for authentic Greek products and experiences – the delicatessen, restaurants, cake shops, clothing stores and the Hellenic Art Theatre, to name a few.

Jump forward to present day – the independently run Greek Festival continues each year and you’ll see the influence of Hellenic culture and businesses in the area. The demographics of Marrickville and Dulwich Hill may be changing, but their influence in academia, the arts, construction and business is still present locally and across Sydney.


Have your say

Where is the heart of a Greek precinct?

There are many places that are significant to the Greek community. Drop a pin on the interactive map to share what you know or your memories of each place. We’ll use these pins and the Guidelines for the Determination of Place Names to connect the precinct.


What should we call the precinct?

We appreciate that Hellenic culture has spread around the world for centuries and is not necessarily just from Greece. What name do you think would be appropriate and why?


Have your say in a format that is right for you

We’re committed to ensuring everyone can provide input in a format that is right for them.

Tell us what you think:

Comments closed Sunday 12 July 2020.


What happens next?

Council staff will review your feedback and will update this page with a summary of what we heard. A recommendation will be presented to the Councillors for a final decision. Everyone who provides input will be contacted when Council considers the recommendation.


The Greek community has had an enormous impact on everyday life in Marrickville and Dulwich Hill. We’d like to formally recognise this contribution by identifying a Greek precinct in Marrickville and Dulwich Hill.


Mid 1980s Dimos, Diamandis and George Scoullis in the Hellenic Bakery, now the Hellenic Patisserie and Gelato Bar Courtesy of the Scoullis family from Vasilios Vasilas


In the 1960s Greek was commonly spoken on the streets and there was high demand for authentic Greek products and experiences – the delicatessen, restaurants, cake shops, clothing stores and the Hellenic Art Theatre, to name a few.

Jump forward to present day – the independently run Greek Festival continues each year and you’ll see the influence of Hellenic culture and businesses in the area. The demographics of Marrickville and Dulwich Hill may be changing, but their influence in academia, the arts, construction and business is still present locally and across Sydney.


Have your say

Where is the heart of a Greek precinct?

There are many places that are significant to the Greek community. Drop a pin on the interactive map to share what you know or your memories of each place. We’ll use these pins and the Guidelines for the Determination of Place Names to connect the precinct.


What should we call the precinct?

We appreciate that Hellenic culture has spread around the world for centuries and is not necessarily just from Greece. What name do you think would be appropriate and why?


Have your say in a format that is right for you

We’re committed to ensuring everyone can provide input in a format that is right for them.

Tell us what you think:

Comments closed Sunday 12 July 2020.


What happens next?

Council staff will review your feedback and will update this page with a summary of what we heard. A recommendation will be presented to the Councillors for a final decision. Everyone who provides input will be contacted when Council considers the recommendation.


  • Council decides on Greek precinct

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    12 Feb 2021

    At it's meeting on Tuesday 9 February, the elected Council decided to:

    • Identify a precinct named 'Little Greece' on Marrickville Road between Livingston Road and Victoria Road
    • Submit an application to the Geographical Names Board to formalise the above
    • Celebrate the naming of a Greek Precinct with a community event on 25 March, which marks the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day
    • To consult with the Consul General of Greece in Sydney as well as local residents, organisations, community groups and businesses about a program of activities during the event
    • Receive a report on the support (or opposition) amongst the Inner West's non-European communities for identifying and nominating precincts.

    Read the full resolution on Council's website.

  • What did we hear?

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    04 Feb 2021

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on this project. Overall, 69 people formally participated in the engagement, sharing their views on sites of cultural significance, how to recognise a precinct and an appropriate name.

    Read more in the Engagement Outcomes Report.

    This project will be discussed at the Council meeting on Tuesday, 9 February. Watch the webcast live on our website.