Radio 3ZZZ pays tribute to one of its founding fathers and long-time president, secretary and Greek Program broadcaster George Zangalis.
George, a significant contributor to the migrant’s movement in Australia for many decades, has also left a unique legacy to Australia’s multicultural media.
He was instrumental in the early days by establishing Australia’s first multilingual access community radio station 3ZZ, in 1975. Later becoming 3ZZZ, in 1989. He documented this in his book “From 3ZZ to 3ZZZ. A Short History of Ethnic Broadcasting in Australia”.
George Zangalis was also President of the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council of Australia from 1995 to 2009.
Furthermore, he served on the ABC State and National Advisory Councils and the SBS Board in the early 1980s.
His book “Migrant Workers and Ethnic Communities”, published in 2009, is a reference book for the struggles of ethnic Australia in order to achieve recognition, acceptance and ultimately in order to help establish multiculturalism as the official policy of our country.
He was a foundation member of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia, and Community Broadcasting. Up until the end of his life he was Vice- President of the Fair Go For Pensioners Coalition, Vic.
George was born in Greece in 1931. He grew up during the Resistance of the Greek people against the German occupation and the post World War II Greek civil war. He came to Australia in February 1950. George became immediately involved with working class and progressive organisations in the Greek community and in the wider Australian labour movement
He worked in the car industry, as a political organiser for the Communist Party of Australia and since 1970, until his retirement in 1996, in the Victorian Railways and the Australian Railways Union where in 1975 he was elected fulltime organiser, and in 1988 president.
George Zangalis died ahead of a tribute to his life organised for Sunday 25th April, at 2.30pm, at the Andrianakos Room at the Greek Community Hall of Alphington Grammar. This event will go ahead in acknowledgement of his life-long contributions. Everyone is welcome to attend.
His family has requested that instead of wreaths and flowers, the public can offer money to the George Zangalis (GZ) Memorial Account, in order to digitise and make public his ASIO file, 22 folders at $250 per folder. . The account number is: BSB 313 140. Account number 123254453.
George leaves behind his lifelong partner Cavell Zangalis, his two children, Paul and Vasso and four grandchildren.