Portraits of Hellenes in Antipodes - Volume 1


The new book by Vivienne Morris,
Bilingual (English & Greek), AUD$49.99

 

" This is an endeavour to outline the presence of Hellenes in the Antipodes in its true essence and dimension."

The idea to write this book was sparked within me at about the same time as the realisation that the first generation of Greek immigrants is gradually fading from centre stage, giving its position to the second and third generations.

This is an endeavour to outline the presence of Hellenes in the Antipodes in its true essence and dimension . First and second generation expatriates who, through their ‘journey’ within this country, sketch their portrait themselves.

The first generation is comprised, for the most part, of people who left their villages owing even their fares.  They left with little or no money in their pockets; with an empty suitcase but with a heart full of dreams.

Their initial intention was a brief stay, to take as much as they needed from Australia, and then go back.  The notion of return was always in their heart and mind.  Most gave themselves no more than five years.  The most optimistic amongst them believed that one or two years was all that was necessary to make enough money to return to Greece.  This belief was usually fuelled by letters that reached the villagers written by those already settled abroad who described their desires rather than the stark reality of the situation.  “A letter was sent by someone that was full of lies and fantasies, namely that he bought a house in no time, a car…thereby rousing many to follow suit,” says Manolis Kardiakakis, expressing simply and succinctly a reality that is repeated again and again by the first generation.

 

Portraits of Hellenes in Antipodes

Vivian Morris Publications, Portraits of Hellenes in Antipodes

 

AUD$49.99

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