Queensland had Sunshine Cafes in Pomona, Caloundra, Gympie and Nambour, and Greek migrants owned most of them
It was a long way to Winton in the early twentieth century, and along way from oysters to olive oil for Greek migrants.
Hector was eleven years old when he died in 1918 near the southern end of the Victoria Bridge not far from his parents’ shop.
The closing event for Meet me at the Paragon featured Julie Nichles, Helen Kentos and Beulah Castan.
‘She won’t last a week,’ said Peter when she turned up for work that first day. It was 1939 and 15-year-old Gwen Mullins had secured a job as typist and cashier at the recently refurbished Christie’s Cafe at 217 Queen Street.
The task of naming the State Library of Queensland’s impending exhibition about Greek cafés was met with deliberation equal to that of the Greek proprietor choosing a name for his shop.
Arthur and Lula Ganas were Greek immigrants. From 1940 to 1960 they owned a cake shop and milk bar at 470 Ipswich Road Annerley.
Vintage waitresses greeted the Greek community in West End last week when Brisbane’s Greek Cafes: A Million Malted Milks was launched at AHEPA Hall.
At the State Library we’re working towards an exhibition about Greek cafes. Run by Greek migrants, these shops were the heart of regional towns across the state.
The hunt for cafe artefacts continues at the State Library of Queensland in preparation for an exhibition that will open in September.