Shakin' the world over

the Greek-Australian milk bar

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In Sydney, late in 1932, Joachim Tavlaridis- known as Mick Adams- opened Australia's first modern "American-style'' milk bar: the Black & White 4d. Milk Bar. Adams' milk bar was the world's first. Within five years, there were some four thousand milk bars operating in Australia. Most were Greek run. By the mid 1930s, Greeks had taken the concept to New Zealand. At the same time, Great Britain also quickly imported the idea, and attempts were made to introduce it to the United States; although influenced by food-catering enterprises in America, "milk bars" did not exist there. Milk bars even appear to have reached Fiji not long after their initial success in Australia. Adams' refreshment revolution became both an Australian and international food-catering icon. This paper provides an insight into the milk bar's international cross-cultural origins, its development within Australia, its subsequent distribution overseas, and its role as a vehicle for Americanisation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreek research in Australia
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the eighth biennial international Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University, 2009
EditorsMarietta Rossetto, Michael Tsianikas, George Couvalis, Maria Palaktsoglou
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherFlinders University
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780725811372
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventBiennial International Conference of Greek Studies (8th : 2009) - Adelaide
Duration: 2 Jun 20095 Jun 2009


ConferenceBiennial International Conference of Greek Studies (8th : 2009)


Cite this

Janiszewski, L., & Alexakis, E. (2011). Shakin' the world over: the Greek-Australian milk bar. In M. Rossetto, M. Tsianikas, G. Couvalis, & M. Palaktsoglou (Eds.), Greek research in Australia: proceedings of the eighth biennial international Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University, 2009 (pp. 320-332). Adelaide: Flinders University.