Greek Pioneers in Western Australia

Overview

Greek immigrants and their descendants constitute one of the earliest and most successful ethnic groups in Western Australia. Even before the large immigration program following World War II, Greeks had roots in the state extending back to the 1870s. In the late nineteenth century the earliest Greek arrivals came from the Aegean and Ionian Islands, sometimes by way of Melbourne and Sydney. Most went directly to the goldfields, where they became storekeepers and merchants. A few stayed in Perth and Fremantle. ...
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Overview

Greek immigrants and their descendants constitute one of the earliest and most successful ethnic groups in Western Australia. Even before the large immigration program following World War II, Greeks had roots in the state extending back to the 1870s. In the late nineteenth century the earliest Greek arrivals came from the Aegean and Ionian Islands, sometimes by way of Melbourne and Sydney. Most went directly to the goldfields, where they became storekeepers and merchants. A few stayed in Perth and Fremantle. These pioneers established the foundations upon which later generation Greeks in Western Australia built their achievements. This book is based on the progress and experiences of the small groups of Greeks who settled in the strongly pro-British state before 1947. Interviews with many pre-war settlers and extensive documentary research into policy and attitudes towards non-British migrants provide a broad analysis of the nature and extent of the difficulties and achievements of Greek pioneers in Western Australia. The book affirms the central role of their diverse community network - church, Hellenic organizations, "kafenia" - in adaptation and in maintaining a Greek identity in an often hostile environment.
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With the assistance of the Greek-Australian community, economic demographer Appleyard (management, U. of Western Australia) and Yiannakis (modern and ancient history, Tuart U.; Ph.D., U. of Western Australia) trace several waves of Greek emigration to western Australia, newcomers' contributions to their new home, prejudice toward them, and demographic differences with the rest of the population. Includes photographs of immigrants and facsimile documents, extracts from the 1996 Australian census, and a list of Greek immigrants from 1829-1939. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781876268718
  • Publisher: UWA Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Pages: 297

Table of Contents

List of tables and maps
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Ch. 1 Greeks in Colonial Western Australia 1
Ch. 2 From Federation to World War One 33
Ch. 3 Settlement and War: 1914-1918 67
Ch. 4 Formation of a Community: 1918-1929 101
Ch. 5 Prejudice, Depression and (more) Riots: 1930-1934 145
Ch. 6 Adaptation and Consolidation: 1935-1939 187
Ch. 7 War and Reconstruction: 1939-1947 213
Ch. 8 A Triumph of Community 237
App. I Extracts from the 1996 Australian Census 249
App. II Greek Arrivals to Western Australia 1829-1939 252
Notes 277
Bibliography 289
Index 299
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