Selling an American dream: Australia's Greek cafes [exhibition curatorship]

Leonard Janiszewski, Effy Alexakis

Research output: Non-traditional research outputCuratorship


Greek cafes in Australia were a "Trojan Horse" for the Americanisation of this nation's eating and social-cultural habits from the very start of the 20th century. They initially introduced American commercial food-catering ideas, technology and products and later influenced the development of cinema and popular music. The Greek cafe helped "transform" Australian popular culture. This nationally touring exhibition not only looks at how this was done, but also the personal stories of those involved. Containing over 120 photographic images, associated extended captions, various 3D objects and a DVD presentation, the exhibition is travelling to most capital cities and some regional venues over the next 6 years. 4 April-28 September 2009 at the Migration Museum, Adelaide.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAdelaide, SA
PublisherMigration Museum
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Greek cafes
  • milk bars
  • popular music
  • architecture
  • art deco
  • racism
  • Greek cusine
  • jukeboxes
  • take-aways
  • hamburgers
  • Americanisation
  • Kytherians
  • soda fountains
  • Arcadians
  • mixed grill
  • fish and chips
  • ice cream
  • milk chocolate
  • soda "parlors"
  • sundae "parlors"
  • food catering
  • milkshakes
  • Australian popular culture
  • American cultural influences
  • cinema


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