Australia Day honours: Abla Amad, Melbourne restaurateur recognised in Australia Day awards - 26th Jan 2015

Australia Day honours: Abla Amad, Melbourne restaurateur recognised in Australia Day awards Many Dunedin Lebanese people visiting Melbourne make eating at Abla's a "must do".  Abla Amad migrated to Australia from Lebanon when she was 17-years-old and opened her own restaurant in Carlton in 1979.

We send our congratulations to Abla for the wonderful achievement of being part of this year's Australia Day honours, Abla has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to tourism, hospitality, and the Australian Lebanese community.

If you or anyone you know are ever in Melbourne - visit Abla's for a traditional taste of Lebanon.

Thank you to Margaret Woodford for bringing this news to our attention.

Another Wonderful Christmas Lunch - 2nd Dec 2014

Another wonderful COL Christmas Lunch was held at Glenfalloch in Dunedin last weekend. Click on the photos beside this post to scroll through them.  (Thank you to Margaret Woodford who took these photos for us to enjoy).

This year we had a 'Balloonologist' making balloon animals for the children, which they absolutely loved. Below is an email Lyn Joseph received from her complimenting the day and the manners of the children. How lovely to hear.

Thank you to all those who worked behind the scenes to make the day such a success, without you it wouldn't be possible. And thank you all for coming to share in what is always an enjoyable day and one we look forward to each year.

We take this opportunity to wish our Lebanese community a very Merry Christmas. May it be filled with family, friends, love and laughter. Be safe and we look forward to seeing & hearing from you all in 2015.

God Bless
Cedars of Lebanon Club, Dunedin.

"Thank you so much for inviting me to share with you, your Community’s special day.

I honestly didn’t realise where the time went. Your lovely children and I must have been having far too much fun. I have never heard so many “please(s)” and Thank you(s)” they were a true delight.

Kindest Regards

Pippity-Pop! Balloonologist"

Dr Matthew Farry Wins Prestigious International Award - 24th Nov 2014

Dr Matthew Farry Wins Prestigious International Award Dr Matthew Farry recently won a very prestigious international award called the International Racial Equity Leadership award which was presented to him in New Orleans. For anyone who knows Matthew this award is no surprise, he exudes passion for equality of all types but none more so than human equality and respect. Watch this space, I have a feeling this is one of many international awards that will be made to this talented and humble man. We are all very happy for you Matt and enormously proud of you.

Click here to view the Unitec article

Click here to view the page on Matt from the official programme

Congratulations once again.

Richard & the entire COL Community

Lebanese Independence Day - Flag Flying in Dunedin - 14th Nov 2014

Lebanese Independence Day - Flag Flying in Dunedin Hi All,

Just a note to remind those in Dunedin that the Lebanese flag will be flying from the Mayoral balcony on 22nd November to commemorate Lebanese Independence Day. So, if you're passing through the Octagon, remember to have a look. I will post photos of the flag in situ on the day. If you take any photos of it also, feel free to send them through to me at: and I will post them on here and our Facebook page.

Thanks x

Congratulations Richard & Christine Farry - 7th Oct 2014

Congratulations Richard & Christine Farry Congratulations to Richard and Christine Farry who have been married for 50 loving years. This is a true love story and one day we hope to be able to bring it to you in full.

"Love gives naught but itself, and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love" - Khalil Gibran


Notice is hereby given that a Special General Meeting will be held at 6.30 pm on Thursday the 9th October (venue to be advised) to consider the following motion:

It is proposed the Cedars of Lebanon Club Dunedin Inc, makes a donation not exceeding sixty five thousand dollars ($65,000.00), to the Dunedin Public Library, for the purpose of establishing a Digitisation Centre in perpetuity. This centre is to be called The Dunedin Lebanese Community Digitisation Centre.

Only financial members of the club will be eligible to vote.

Cedars of Lebanon Club Dunedin Inc.

Wayne Anderson - Memories of Carroll Street - 25th Aug 2014

Hi Everyone,

We received this email from Wayne Anderson who remembers growing up in Carroll Street, he retells some stories here.  If you know of/remember Wayne, please get in touch with me via this email address - and I will give you his contact email address should you wish to contact him.

Hi Victoria,

I was trawling through the Internet looking for a document when I stumbled upon the Cedars of Lebanon website.

What a marvellous repository of Dunedin Lebanese history.

I lived in Carroll St. in the late 1950s from the age of 7-10.

I lived with my Mother, and we had come from MacLaggan St. - where the Warehouse is now.

Apart from the two Gorinski boys I think we were the only non-Lebanese kids in the area.

I hooked up with Philip Coory – don’t know where he might be now.

Some others I remember are Trevor Palmer and his sister, Tony Joseph, Fred la Hood, Ken Khalil, and John Dell.

The Arabs lived across the road and Gordon George had the store on the corner.

As the only non-Catholics, the Gorinskis and I used to walk up the hill to High St. School while the others went to CBros., St. Edmunds, St. Dominics and St. Philomenas.

St. Patricks Day was always a bit of fun.

I would manage to get an orange ribbon from somewhere and wear it on my jersey, give a bit of cheek, and then run for my life up the hill.

Unfortunately I would always get caught sooner or later. Generally by some of the bigger girls.

I recall being marched into the middle of the street once and having my pants pulled down.

Another escapade was to ‘borrow’ on a Fri. night the bikes of the training college girls who lived on the corner.

In the dark of the night we would push them up to Stafford St. then freewheel all the way down Maitland St.

Once we tried it from High St. but crossing out of control across Stafford St. was just a bit too scary.

Apart from playing in the middle of the street, most of our time seemed to be spent in the Town Belt.

One abiding memory I do have is of one of the old people walking down Carroll Street going through the Rosary and mumbling away in what I now know as Arabic on his way to St Josephs,


Wayne Anderson


Eulogy for Yvette Peters - 4th Aug 2014

Eulogy for Yvette Peters To read the beautiful Eulogy that Maree Peters wrote for her Mother Yvette Peters, please click here:

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