The Greek cafe [exhibition curatorship]

Research output: Non-traditional research outputCuratorship


This exhibition display utilises cafe objects - such as milkshake makers, tableware, menus, cafe signage, ice cream scoops, ice cream sundae dishes, chocolate boxes and soda fountain glasses and bottles - together with historical and contemporary photographs. A five minute DVD presentation highlights the evolution of the Greek-run oyster saloons to soda/sundae 'parlors', milk bars, the classic country Greek cafe and finally the take-away. Objects and explanatory text are structured according to this sequential development. The process of the Americanisation of Australian eating and socio-cultural habits through these Greek-run enterprises is highlighted, including their working relationship with cinema and popular music. Greek cafe influences upon the development of Art Deco architectural style is also touched upon.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Australian history
  • Greek-Australian history
  • popular music
  • food catering
  • cafe ware
  • art deco architecture in Australia
  • ethnic history
  • transnational history
  • multicultural studies
  • migration studies
  • Americanisation
  • the Greek cafe
  • Australian popular culture
  • cinema

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