Student life and migrant stories at Monash University: Harry Fatouros’ photo exhibition

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Harry Fatouros has officially opened his new photography exhibition titled ‘Monash University Memories: Student Life & Migrant Stories – 1960s & 70s‘ at the City of Monash Civic Centre Gallery in Glen Waverly, Victoria.

Running until September 30, the photographic exhibition showcases a series of images taken in the late 1960s around Monash University, Clayton, and various Melbourne suburbs.

All photos supplied by Harry Fatouros.

The photographs offer a glimpse into student life at Monash and the experiences of European migrants and their children who settled in Melbourne during the 1950s and 1960s.

Most of the students in the photos came from disadvantaged and migrant backgrounds and through gaining an education at Monash were able to move into the professions and make a significant contribution to society.

Student life and migrant stories at Monash University: Harry Fatouros' photo exhibition
Antonis, Evangelos & Andreas – three Greek men who arrived in Melbourne from Lefkada in 1956, all with children who gained degrees at Monash Uni, Clayton in the early 1970s. Photo supplied.

The exhibited images comprise a collection developed from 35mm black and white negatives taken with a Pentax Spotmatic camera and Kodak TriX film. Over five decades, these negatives survived travels from the Monash Halls of residence to various homes from Brunswick to Vermont South to undergo digitisation during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

During the official opening, a speech was given by Jacqui Dynan, the Cultural Development and Events Coordinator of the City of Monash. People mingled and had refreshments while being entertained with Greek music by Spiro from Spiros Entertainment. Two people later danced the Zorba and Spiro & Chris gave a rendition of ‘Hotel California’ Greek style.

‘Monash University Memories: Student Life & Migrant Stories – 1960s & 70s’ will be on show at City of Monash Civic Centre Gallery (293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverly, Victoria) until September 30. Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 8.30am to 5pm.

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