Unresolved: How a Period of Turmoil Shaped Early Greek Migration to Australia (1900-45)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Early Greek migration to Australia came during periods of turmoil in the Eastern Mediterranean. With the Balkan Wars (1912-13), WWI (1914-18), the genocide of Ottoman Christians (1914-22), the population exchange between Greece and Turkey (1923), the Great Depression (1929-30s) and WWII (1939-45), many Greeks lived lives that were ‘unresolved’, pushing them to seek new frontiers. This paper examines how these wars and catastrophic events shaped early Greek migration to Australia, why Australia became a destination of choice, and how those migrants used their unresolved experiences to integrate into their new homes. It will follow the stories of some of these migrants, examining the identity crises, challenges, and successes and that they faced, as well as brief looks at chain migration, the longevity of their communities, and the circumstances of return migration.
Period29 Nov 20212 Dec 2021
Event titleAustralian Historical Association Conference 2021: Unfinished Business
Event typeConference
LocationSydney, Australia, New South WalesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational