Queensland Library to Virtually Revive Early 20th Century Greek Cafes

With a series of workshops, exhibitions and events, the State Library of Queensland aims to revive the atmosphere of the old cafes, restaurants and small businesses that were owned by Greeks in the early 20th century.

These iconic meeting places were among the most popular city destinations for thousands of Australians of the time.

The ”Meet Me at the Paragon” exhibition series aims to bring back to life not only histories and photographs but the full experience of being inside the local shops of the early 1900s, by seeing, feeling and even hearing what it felt like to be there, decades ago.

In a very clever effort to bring the past to the present, this initiative will include curator tours, photoshop workshops, and many other activities throughout this summer in Australia, rekindling memories of being in these businesses and making them come alive for a new generation.

The Library’s programs and activities began on September 27, and they will conclude on March 15, 2020 in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. Some of the events are already sold out.

The Library aims to remind the older and inform the younger about the history of the shops, tavernas, cafes and other places that were among the most popular in the state, and the stories that they tell.

These are stories of both the struggles and the many successes of the Greek community of that time.

The full list of the upcoming events at the State Library is as follows:

September 30 | Color vintage photographs using Photoshop

October 9 & 23 | Curator’s tour

October 21 | Color vintage photographs using Photoshop

November 13 & 27 | Curator’s tour

November 13 | The Greek cafes of our past – walk with Brisbane Greeters

December 11 | Curator’s tour

January 8 & 22 | Curator’s tour

January 22 | The Greek cafes of our past – walk with Brisbane Greeters

February 12 & 26 | Curator’s tour

Feb 26 | The Greek cafes of our past – walk with Brisbane Greeters

Mar 7 | The Greek cafes of our past – walk with Brisbane Greeters

March 11 | Curator’s tour

For more information about which events still have openings, please visit the Library’s official website here.