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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 November 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2017 19 FEATURE Giorgos Koulouris and friends at his Dulwich Hill tailor shop on the day before he closed his business after 37 years. and Greek governments’ agreement on migration in 1952, tens of thousands of Greek migrants arrived in Australia every year and most of these migrants became urban settlers. In Sydney, they gravitated to suburbs close to the factories, workshops and other workplaces. For instance, they initially lived in the inner city suburbs such as Surry Hills and Redfern; then they moved onto Enmore and Newtown; they then moved onto Marrickville and Dulwich Hill. Other groups moved from Redfern to Mascot and Rosebery. “As a result of this, Greek communities developed and there was subsequently a demand for shops to cater to Greek needs. Greek enterprise and initiative goes beyond the food shops; as there was a need to establish Greek-run soccer clubs like Pan Hellenic SC or rent out theatres (Lawson Theatre, Redfern) to show Greek movies, there was a need to establish delicatessens, cake shops, and butcheries. “For example, when Nikos Petrakis opened Diethnes in Sydney in 1952, he and his staff cooked Greek food. “Newly arrived Greek migrants became customers in these Greek shops as there was no language barrier and the shop owner understands what this ‘nostalgic’ migrant wanted. Furthermore, the Greek migrant brought attitudes, behaviours and expectations from their homeland. In their villages, for instance, there were tailors and cobblers, so there was a natural demand for tailors and cobblers in Sydney. What developed with these desires and demands was the establishment of the first networks of Greek shops in certain suburbs, where Greek migrants could visit the butcher, fruiterers, bakers, tailor, barber and hairdresser all in the one place.” As decades have passed, so many Greek shops of this migrant generation have shut down and Vasilis has tried to pay tribute to these people, and their shops, by capturing these personal narratives. He witnessed firsthand the sadness of such a shop shutting down with Giorgos Angela Giokas of Angela’s Hairdressing Salon Rosebery, NSW. Koulouris and his tailor shop in Dulwich Hill. ‘I interviewed Giorgos on the second last day before he handed over the key to the next tenant. After 37 years, he was shutting his shop, which up till then had become a vibrant meeting point for his friends. All his friends came by the shop to say their goodbyes… it was a very moving experience!’ In the same spirit of capturing the personal narratives before people pass away and they disappear, Beyond the Shop Windows and Counters pays tribute to this particular generation of Greek migrants. Through their longevity, operating over many decades, some of Sydney’s Greek-run shops have provided an enormous service to their customers and local area, and Vasilis pays tribute to them. ‘Beyond the Shop Windows and Counters: Stories and Photographs of Sydney’s Current Greek Shops (Volume 1)’ is being released on Sunday 26 November. To purchase a copy, contact the author, Vasilis Vasilas, on 0422891190. Vasilis with Kostas Anag- nostou of Con’s Handmade Shoes Hurlstone Park. Panagiotis Karpouzis of Olympic Delicatessen Bankstown.
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