White Gold, Deep Blue: Greeks in the Australian pearling industry, 1880-2007

Leonard Janiszewski, Effy Alexakis

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Since the late 1880s, Greeks have been involved in Australian pearling - initially in the pearl industry and then in pearl cultivation. This paper points out the significance of the Greek contribution to Australian pearling as far outweighing the actual numbers involved. Key Greek individuals, families and regional groups that are featured include: Mary Dakas (nee Paspalis); Michael Paspalis; Nicholas Paspalis; Nicholas Basnalev; Denis George; Michael G. Kallis; George, Jack, and Nicholas Haritos.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreek Research in Australia
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Seventh Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies
EditorsElizabeth Close, George Couvalis, George Frazia, Maria Palaaktsoglou, Michael Tsianikas
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherFlinders University, Department of Languages, Modern Greek
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780725811341
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventBiennial International Conference of Greek Studies - Adelaide
Duration: 28 Jun 20071 Jul 2007


ConferenceBiennial International Conference of Greek Studies


  • Greek-Australian history
  • ethnic history
  • Darwin
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory
  • transational history
  • Australian pearling industry
  • pearl shell
  • pearl cultivation
  • Kalymnian pearlers
  • Kastellorizian pearlers
  • Broome
  • Port Hedland


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