The Chiots of London (1815-1900): The Ralli Family

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This dissertation looks at the migration of Aegean islanders to the Anglosphere between 1815-1945. It examines their emigration, settlement, community building, integration, and identity. Two case studies are at the centre of this project – firstly, Aegean islanders from Chios who settled in London between 1815-1900; and secondly, islanders from Ikaria who settled in South Australia between 1900-1945. This paper explores one of these case studies, the Chiots of London, with a particular focus on one prolific family – the Rallis. This family, which first set foot in London between 1815-1820, was prominent in the organisation of London’s Greek community, as well as becoming one of Britain’s most successful merchant firms. Some members even ventured into politics and the British peerage system. The Rallis also traversed the British Empire and held economic interests in places such as India and even South Australia.
Period7 Nov 2022
Event titleFlinders CHASS & CBGL Spring Conference
Event typeConference
LocationBedford Park, Australia, South AustraliaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionRegional