Από την ιστορία των Ελλήνων στη Βόρεια Επικράτεια: πρωτοπόρες γυναίκες στο Darwin κατά τη διάρκεια του Μεσοπολέμου

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPerspectives on the Hellenic Diaspora, Volume 2
    Place of PublicationDarwin
    Chapter6
    Pages80-105
    Number of pages25
    Volume2
    Edition1
    Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2021

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