UPDATED - Book "Transplanting the Agora - Hellenic Settlement in Australia" by Yiannis E. Dimitreas (106 Names Mentioned)


Transplanting the Agora -
Hellenic Settlement in Australia

by Yiannis E. Dimitreas
Published 1998 by Allen & Unwin, St. Leonards, NSW, Australia

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106 names mentioned in this book
Table of Contents
Synopsis from the dust jacket



Alexander, Peter - From Cyprus, arrived in Australia 1923, excerpts from 1987 interview

Anastassiou, Jim - From Cyprus, immigrated to Australia, member of Building Workers Industrial Union, narrative on his role in fight for abolition of Australian immigration dictation test

Andonis, Samuel - Also referred to as Samuel Donnes; From island of Cefalonia, son of sea captain, arrived Australia 1837, married twice, six children, worked as seaman, goldminer, died age 58 from chronic bronchitis

Andreaki, Maria - Photo - at Port of Pireas with family prior to departure for Melbourne Australia on ship Flaminia in June 1959.  Photo - Christmas celebration 1959 at Melbourne Commonwealth Government clothing factory.

Andrewes, A.

Andronicos, Emanuel - Referred to in the introduction of the first Hellenic book in Australia, 1916, as contributors to publication "Life in Australia", narrative on their comments regarding how Greeks in Australia should avoid political conflict

Andronicos, Kosmas - Referred to in the introduction of the first Hellenic book in Australia, 1916, as contributors to publication "Life in Australia", narrative on their comments regarding how Greeks in Australia should avoid political conflict

Argyropoulos, Konstantinos - Arrived Australia 1854, served as sailor on English ship

Avgoustis, Athanasios - Referred to as early Greek Australian settler, approx mid 1800's

Black, John

Boulgaris, Ghikas

Candiotis, Spyridon

Carkoe family

Chatzevasiles, George

Cominos, Athanasios

Cominos, John

Dedes, Evangelos

Demetriades, Floros

Dialos, Athanasios

Doikos, George

Donnes, Samuel

Doscas, John

Doukas, Alekos

Elytis, Odysseus - Referenced as modern Hellenic writer who emphasizes importance of freedom

Emellen, Nicholas - From Athens, one of the first officially recorded Greeks to arrive in Australia, landed in Melbourne 1850, arrived as teenager, married Irish woman, had three children

Evangelos, Dedes - Photo Dec 19, 1978 Renmark South Australia - Hellene Fruit Growers Meeting, excerpts from interview regarding money lost by Greek fruit growers in the Riverland

Falangas, George

Frangioudakis, Rena

Genetas, Eugenios

Georges, George

Ghikas, Damianos

Grambas, Yiannis - Excerpts from interviews regarding his immigration to Australia after World War II and Australian immigration policies

James, Jim

Kalantzis, Angelos

Kalantzis, Konstantina

Kalantzis, Panayiotis

Kalantzis, Yiannis

Kalfantis. Voula

Kallianis, George

Kapitoglou (archaeologist)

Kaparatos, Athanasios

Kazantzakis, Nikos

Kentavros, George

Koletis, Ioannis

Kominos, Athanasios

Korkou family

Kostopoulos, Odysseus

Laritos, Georgios

Lekatsas, Andreas

Lekatsas, Antonis

Loutas, George - Priest;  Photo - pictured with a group of Hellene brides brought to Australia June 1968

Lucas, Antonios - Also referred to as Antonios Lekatsas;  Synopsis:  President of Hellenic Orthodox Community in Australia approx 1940's

Manolis, Andonis

Manos, Peter

Manusu, Michael

Mavrokefalos, John

Melitas, Jack

Menzies, Bob

Messaris, J.

Metaxas, Gerasimos

Metaxas, Ioannis

Michelides, Petros

Morphesis, George - Early Greek settler in Australia, sailoor from Ithaca, jumped ship at Port Melbourne 1848

Mourikis, Christos - Australian waterside worker in 1950's, journalist from 1960's, difficulty gaining Australian citizenship due to Greek left politics

Mourtzos, Stratis

Ninis, Damianos

North, George - Also referred to as George Tramountanas;  Synopsis:  Early Greek settler in Australia, arrived Port Adelaide, South Australia in 1842, married, died 1911

Notaras, Chrysanthos - Referenced as author in 1700 of "Introduction to Geographical and Spherical", which shows two-thirds of the Australian coastline

Palamas, Kostis

Papandreas, Nikolaos

Papandreou, Andreas

Papandreou, George

Papadopoulos, George

Petropoulos, Nicos

Peters, John

Plessas, Aikaterini

Polyzos, Nicos

Raftopoulos, S.

Rekaris, Vassilios

Ritsos, Yiannis - Referenced as modern  Hellenic writer who emphasizes importance of freedom

Sidiropoulos, Theo

Sikiotis, Dennis

Spyrakos, Theodore

Stevens, Peter

Strombolis, Konstantinos - Late 1820's transported to Australia as convict on ship Norfolk

Taifalos brothers

Tamis, A.

Themelios, Stephen

Theodorou, John

Theotokas, George

Trahanas, H.

Trilivos, Kostas

Tsirginis, Panagiotis

Tsounis, Michael

Vakalopoulos, A. E.

Vlachos, Anna

Vlachos, Dionysios

Vlachos, E. C.

Vargalis, Kostas

Vasilakis, Georgios

Zangalis, George

Zervoulias, Panayiotis



Preface, Acknowledgements, Abbreviations, List of Illustrations


Types of migration

Hellenic values and national character

Hellenic connection with colonial Australia

The causes of Hellenic migration

Australia’s immigration policy and Hellenic migration

Australian society’s attitudes towards Hellenic settlement:  the pre-Whitlam years

Whitlam and beyond

Social mobility and political behaviour of Greeks in Australia

Discussion and implications

Appendices, Notes, Bibliography, Index


Following is the synopsis from the book cover:  

“Transplanting the Agora explores the Greek experience in Australia.  Starting with the first Greek migrants who arrived in the mid-nineteenth century, it outlines the reasons for migration, with particular emphasis on the peak period of Greek migration after World War II.  It analyses the role of Australian immigration policies, and public attitudes towards Hellenes on their arrival.

Yiannis Dimitreas acknowledges the difficulties faced by migrants in establishing themselves in a new country and the effects of discrimination, showing how some groups have fared better than others.  He explores Greek participation in the political movements which became the driving force of Australian multiculturalism, and the Greek contribution to the broader Australian community.

Greek migrants brought with them well-established patterns of community life and powerful cultural traditions.  Dimitreas argues that the cultural capital derived from Greece’s historical and mythological past has been central in the development of an Hellenic-Australian identity.”