Greek Migration to Australia Through Child’s Eyes

TACEsmall2Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum, after its successful launch has developed exhibitions that examine the various periods of Greek settlement to Australia.

Although there is evidence of Greeks settling in Australia from the early 1800’s, it was the 1952 agreement between the Australian and Greek Governments on Assisted Passage for Greek migrants that gave impetus to significant migration from Greece in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Through a Child’s Eyes isan audio-visual exhibition examining the lives of those who came to Australia as children during the period of mass assisted migration post-1952 is still open for members of the public.

Many prominent migrants who were forced to leave Greece along with their parents during the “stone years,” were given the opportunity to share their stories with the help of modern technology at an exhibition held in the Hellenic Museum.

Rare photos from the Post-Civil War Greece and xenophobic Australia are being displayed. What seems to be more touching though, are the protagonists telling their life stories, leaving Greece, many at a young age, without knowing English. Despite being victims of contempt and racial discrimination, they managed to survive and many succeeded in their lives. The exhibition will run until May 2013