The Grand Old Dame turns 80
The year was 1936, Joseph Lyons was Prime Minister, Australia competed in the Berlin Summer Olympics with 32 competitors, 28 men and just 4 women, and the last known Tasmanian tiger died at Hobart Zoo. In rural NSW, Greek immigration was on the rise; initially the majority found work in factories or on farms as unskilled or semi-skilled labour – even educated migrants had to settle for a manual job. Many Greeks tried their hand at running cafes, one thing every Greek knows how to do is cook, and this proved to be very successful for many Greek families. Greek-run milk bars began to pop up all over the country with names such as the Paragon, Olympia and Parthenon, serving US and British cuisine. These cafes became an important part of the social fabric of rural towns, acting as meeting points, especially in close-knit country communities.