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Meet me at the Paragon

State Library of Queensland

27th September - 15th March

Today, Queenslanders love Greek culture, but discover an untold past in this free exhibition.

The American-style cafés and milk bars you or your parents probably frequented as a child – the ones that served banana splits, fish ‘n’ chips, ice cream sundaes and homemade sweets – were likely owned by Greek migrants.

Meet me at the Paragon uncovers the stories of Greek migrants who established cafes and milk bars in the early 20th century, carving out a new life for their families in Queensland. These establishments, like Dalby’s famous Paragon Café, became the social hubs of their communities; the McDonald’s of their day.

Imagine the tastes, experience the atmosphere and retrace the history of Queensland’s Greek cafes by learning the past and present true stories of the families that ran them in this fascinating exhibition.

At the exhibition, you will...

  • Step back in time as you slide into a replica café booth to browse the ‘menus’ of Greek cafés throughout Queensland and appreciate the architectural installation reminiscent of Kingaroy’s Busy Bee Café.
  • Hear the ‘daily opera’ of coffee machines, the clatter of cutlery and the general café hubbub in a special soundscape.
  • View photographic portraits of Greek café descendants and connect with their stories.
  • See original items from cafés across Queensland including original café signs, anodised milkshake cups, monogrammed plates, menus and other memorabilia.
  • Reflect on the stories of Greek migrants and how their cafés changed Australian dining and cuisine forever.

 

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