Diethnes

    One Green Ban directly touched the Greek community. The old Greek restaurant Diethnes was formerly known as Nicks and was run by a member of the Atlas League (a Greek workers association that was the political home of the political and industrial Greek left in Sydney). In 1973 the building went up for auction with keen interest by developers that wanted its demolition. Mundey slapped a Green Ban on the building for its historical and cultural value. The poor old building survived and Diethnes continues to the present day.

    Jack Mundey put up his hand at the auction of the Diethnes Building in Pitt Street, assuring bidders that his fellow Builder’s Labourers would not let them touch it due to the Green Ban. The auction scene was captured by filmmaker Pat Fiske in the documentary ‘Rocking the Foundarioins’.

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    On the 50th anniversary of the Green Bans, the ideals of their struggle to protect heritage and environmental amenity for all to enjoy are more urgent than ever. In 2011 the Green Bans Art Walk and Exhibition (in two parts at The Cross Art Projects and The Firstdraft Depot Project Space), told the story of an inspired period, its charismatic leaders and grass-roots heroes. The project comprised a series of public guided walks between the exhibition venues functioned as a living instruction manual and moral compass charting stories of good and evil, creativity and conflict. Read more

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    The Powerhouse Museum Alliance is a group of concerned citizens working to save the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. The Alliance includes longstanding benefactors of the museum, former trustees, design and heritage experts and senior museum professionals. Read more