Book on history of Greek Community of Melbourne to be launched this weekend

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The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) is launching Georgia (Juliana) Charpantidou’s book, The Embodiment of a Distant Homeland: the history of the GOCMV from its founding to 1972, on Sunday, March 26 at 3pm at the Mezzanine Level of the Greek Centre in Melbourne.

Collaborating partners in this event include the Hellenic Writers’ Association of Australia, the Greek-Australian Cultural League and HELIADES – the Hellenic Women’s Network of Victoria.

The GCM is the oldest institutional representative of a Greek community in Australia. This book follows its historical course as it emerged from the late nineteenth century until the early 1970s.

The Embodiment of a Distant Homeland: the history of the GOCMV from its founding to 1972. Photo: The Greek Community of Melbourne.

The research for this book is based on primary sources – the Minutes and Archives of the GCM, the National Archives of Australia, the Dardalis Archives of the Hellenic Diaspora at Latrobe University, and Greek and English language newspapers of the time in Australia.

The thematic areas that emerged reflect those matters that appeared worthy of description either in official documents such as the Minutes of the Community’s Board and its correspondence, or in the Greek Australian press of the time.

Ms Charpantidou is a graduate of the School of Management and Economics of ATEI Thessaloniki, and a graduate of the Department of Sociology of Panteion University where she holds a Master’s Degree with a specialisation in Social Exclusion and Minorities. From 2014 to 2018 she worked at the GCM as a researcher of its history and archives.

This published monograph is a result of these research efforts. Her continued academic research on the subject of the Organisation of the Greek Diaspora in Australia forms the basis of her Doctoral Thesis at Panteion University.

Invitation open to all, no RSVP.

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