Dr Farid Farag graduated from medical school in Alexandria, Egypt in 1952. Upon his arrival in Australia, Farid served the community as a skilled and caring general surgeon. He established, chaired and sustained a number of longstanding institutions in the Greek community including St Mary’s Coptic Cathedral, the first Coptic Church in Sydney, the Nile soccer club, El Moharer Newspaper, Beet Masr social club, the Egyptian Hub in Hurston Park, and the Australian Egyptian Council Forum which is one of the largest Egyptian community organisation active in Australia today.
Farid co-founded with Vassily Baramily the Alexandria Club for Greek community members who were born in Alexandria and co-founded the Australian Arabic Medical Association.
Farid is affectionately known in Sydney as the Father of the Egyptian Community.