Our study showcases the lives of four pioneer Greek women in Darwin, primarily from before WWII, who experienced hardships in an environment that was often hostile, racist, and offered little work. Initially, many job opportunities were created in Darwin before and during WWI, attracting Greeks to the Northern Territory. Their first experiences of Darwin and its inhabitants was of an unfriendly and often openly antagonistic people. The working conditions extremely hard. However, 1920 changed the plans of many Greeks in Darwin. The Vestey’s company, which had attracted many Greeks to Darwin, closed its meatworks with negative consequences for its workers. On the one hand, many Greeks, seeking new job opportunities, left Darwin for other locations. On the other hand, a small number of Greek families decided to stay in Darwin, despite the lack of job opportunities and the economic depression. Our study examines the life and the achievements of four women who endured these circumstances: namely, Asimina Harmanis, Eleni Haritos, Maria Liveris and Evangelia Kanaris. These women supported their husbands by taking care of their children and helping in their businesses. Some of them played protagonist roles running these businesses. Their role in a new country, created a template for women which would contribute to the further development of prosperous Greek communities in later years.
|Title of host publication||Perspectives on the Hellenic Diaspora, Volume 2|
|Editors||George Frazis, John Yiannakis, Marianthi Oikonomakou, George Papantonakis, Yorgos Christidis, Eleni Gavra|
|Place of Publication||Darwin|
|Publisher||Charles Darwin University|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 10 May 2021|