Nicholas Pappas Awarded Order of Australia Honour

On behalf of everyone connected with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, we offer our heartiest congratulations to Club Chairman Nicholas G. Pappas (AM) on his Order of Australia award, which was awarded today in the announced Australia Day Honours List.


Mr Pappas has been inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to Rugby League, the Arts and the Greek Australian Community.


Nicholas George Pappas (AM) was born on 1 March 1961, in Sydney, NSW and of parents George Nicholas Papanastasiou and Marina (nee Georgouras).


Mr Pappas obtained his Law degree at the University of NSW, and later obtained a PhD in economic history from Sydney University. Since 1984, has practised as a Lawyer and, in 1996, he established his own firm Nicholas G. Pappas and Company, specialising in commercial litigation in the superior courts.


Mr Pappas has also served as a Director on a number of Public and Private Boards, including:


Director of Laiki Bank (Australia) Ltd (now Beirut Hellenic Bank) since 2001 and Chairman since 2006;

Trustee of The Powerhouse Museum between 1999-2010 and President of the Board of Trustees between 2003-10;

Currently, Chairman of the South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club over an eight year period since 2003;

Chairman of the South Sydney Members Rugby League Football Club;

Chairman of Souths Cares, the community development arm of the Rabbitohs;

Secretary of the Archdiocesan Council and Trustee of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Consolidated Trust; and

Member of the Board of Governors, Steve Waugh Foundation Australia.

Director for ten years with the Castellorizian Club and President from 2000 to 2002;


Mr Pappas led the legal team against News Ltd in the courts to ensure reinstatement of the South Sydney Rabbitohs to the elite Rugby League competition in Australia, throughout the Clubs period of exclusion in 2000 and 2001.


His dedication to the Club as a Chairman and Director on the Football Club, Member Company and Souths Cares Boards is unsurpassed.


Mr Pappas was also a leader in the establishment of Rugby Leagues Independent Commission, being one of four panel Members, he on behalf of the NRL Clubs, who selected the initial Commissioners to guide the sport of Rugby League towards its new future.


Mr Pappas has also produced the following publications:


Castellorizo: An Illustrated History of the Island and Its Conquerors, Halstead Press, 1994;

Embers of the Sea: The Empire Patrol Disaster 1945, Halstead Press, 1995;

Near Eastern Dreams: The French Occupation of Castellorizo 1915-1921, Halstead Press, 2002;

An Island in Time: Castellorizo in Photographs 1890-1948, Halstead press, 2010;

Various other articles in academic journals and other publications on European History, the Law and Rebetika.



Nicholas is married to Helene, also a lawyer, and is the proud father of twins George and Marina.


It is with great pleasure that we congratulate our Chairman Nicholas Pappas (AM) on his Order of Australia Honour.