Turkish Consulate General in Sydney

Consulate History And Previous Consuls General

HISTORY

The Consulate-General of the Republic of Turkey in Sydney was founded on 1 November 1969 following the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Australia in 1967 and has been functioning at its current office building since then.

 

The office building, which was built in 1912 in an area the history of which dates back to the early twentieth century, is labeled by the Woollahra Council as part of the cultural heritage of Sydney.

 

In 1977 a Commercial Office and a Social Affairs Office and in 1994 an Educational Office was founded to function under the auspices of this Consulate-General due to the need arising from the developing Turkish-Australian relations in various fields as well as the increasing number of Turkish citizens in Sydney and throughout our area of jurisdiction.

 

The Consulate-General of the Republic of Turkey in Sydney was the target of a cruel attack perpetrated by the ASALA terrorist organization, which committed assassinations against Turkish diplomats and attacks against Turkish missions and interests throughout the world between early 1970s and mid1980s. The late Consul-General Şarık Arıyak and his security officer the late Engin Sever were murdered by Armenian terrorists in Sydney on 17 December 1980.

PREVIOUS CONSUL-GENERALS

 
Zübeyir Bensan
01.01.1969-01.01.1973
Kemal Arıkan
31.05.1973-05.07.1976
Çetin Oran
01.07.1976-01.11.1977
Şarık Arıyak
30.11.1977-17.12.1980
Yüksel Kemal Tamtekin
20.03.1981-10.06.1985
Alptekin Ünlütürk
01.09.1985-01.09.1989
Oral Akgün
31.08.1989-15.09.1993
Yavuz Aktaş
15.09.1993-01.09.1995
Ferit Ergin
01.09.1995-01.10.1999
Niyazi Adalı
01.10.1999-01.10.2003
Nihat Erşen
01.10.2003-01.10.2007
H. Renan Şekeroğlu
25.09.2007-31.08.2010
Gülseren Çelik
01.12.2010-27.02.2014
Şeyda Hanbay Arca
01.03.2014-31.01.2017
Melih KARALAR
01.02.2017-