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‘Wild Colonial Greeks’: Peter Prineas to launch new book at Mytilenian House

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Sydney writer and historian Peter Prineas will be launching his new book, ‘Wild Colonial Greeks’, at the Mytilenian House in Sydney on Wednesday, March 3.

The book takes readers on a journey through colonial Australian history as the author looks to uncover the first Greek arrival to Australia. It shows how Greeks were viewed by the mainstream press and chronicles at the time, speaking about goldfields doctor Spiridion Candiottis, who clashed resoundingly with newspapermen in Victoria and Queensland.

One candidate, who is referenced multiple times throughout the book, is a Greek from Corfu named George Manuel, who was living in Australia in 1823. This was six years before the arrival of the seven pirate-convicts currently considered to be Australia’s first Greeks.

Food and drink available for purchase from the Mytilenian Brotherhood’s bar will include chicken tenderloins, pita, chips, sweets, wine and coffee. Food and drink service will start from 6.15 pm, while the book launch begins at 7.30 pm.

Copies of Peter’s book will be for sale by the Bilingual Bookshop.

Attendance will be limited to the numbers advised by Health NSW at the time. People are asked to please RSVP their attendance to info@bilingualbookshop.com.au or sms 0400436079 (include your name).

If you cannot attend but would like a copy of Peter’s new book please click here.

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