submitted by George Poulos on 07.05.2004
Effy Alexakis & Leonard Janiszewski, based at Macquarie University, have been undertaking systematic research into the Greek-Australian Cafe phenomenon for decades.
Please contact them if you have any information about your parents, grandparents, uncles, cousins etc - cafe.
THE GREEK CAFÉ
We are currently doing research on the Greek café, initially focusing on New South Wales, and later nationally. For many of those who recall the heyday of the Greek café during the 1940s - 1960s, these enterprises are revered as a phenomenon which was quintessentially Australian. Providing a regular income, independence, maintenance of the family unit, and requiring only limited education and knowledge of English, cafes became a popular form of small business ownership or employment for numerous Greek-Australians. Today, the dwindling populations of various country towns and the introduction of corporatised fast food outlets have resulted in the conspicuously rapid decline of the cafes.
We are seeking those who owned, worked in, or regularly frequented Greek-owned cafes and milk bars throughout NSW. We are conducting interviews, copying photographs and documenting associated memorabilia. If you can provide an insight into your café experiences or have material which you feel could be of assistance to our research please contact us at
In Their Own Image: Greek Australians
National Research Project and Archives
Department of Modern History,
Macquarie University. NSW. 2109.
Ph: 02 9850 6886.
Fax: 02 9850 6594
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