Melbourne Exhibition Sheds Light on Greeks’ History in Australia

exhibitionA unique exhibition for Hellenism in Australia opened its doors on July 30 at the La Trobe University in Melbourne.

The “Half Way There” exhibition depicts the journey of Greeks in Australia since their arrival in the country some 130 years ago. This exhibition, which uses material from the Dardalis Files, draws upon films, pictures, newspapers, rare documents, traditional clothing, books and other material to tell its story. The exhibition also highlights the cultural influence and impact of Greek migrants in Australia.

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Greek Consul General Christina Simantirakis attended the opening night. She told the Greek Reporter that the exhibition demonstrates all the different aspects that Greeks meet when migrating to Australia, including language, religion and culture, and ultimately shows the question of identity.

“The exhibition is extremely important for Australia’s multiculturalism, because Greeks were among the first communities that came, settled, contributed, enriched and shaped life in Australia as we see it today,” she added.