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Pioneering women of Hellenism Down Under

Forty-five-year study documenting the experiences of Greek women launched

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Present at the launch (L-R): Wendy Appleyard; Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis; Dr John Yiannakis OAM; City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi; Dr Ken Michael AC; Emeritus Professor Reginald Appleyard; Alannah MacTiernan MP; City of Perth Deputy Lord Mayor James Limnios; Mrs Koliadis; Consul of Greece Antonios Koliadis; Marina Petrelis and Emanuel Petrelis OAM.

10 November 2015

The much-anticipated longitudinal study spanning over 45 years on the migration of young women from Greece to Australia, has been launched.

Black Night, White Day: Greece-Born Women in Australia, undertaken by Emeritus Professor Reginald Appleyard, Anna Amera and Dr John Yiannakis, documents the experiences of 78 women who migrated to Australia in the '50s and '60s to counter the gender imbalance of Greek migration.

Hosted at Western Australia's Kastellorizian House on Sunday 1 November, the event was directed by Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis, with the study officially launched by Dr Ken Michael AC, who also penned the foreword.

"The authors are to be commended for this incredible piece of work, which is not only inspirational to read as an experience in itself, but also leaves the reader with a sense of emotion in sharing the individual and collective journeys of some determined and courageous Greece-born women in Australia in search of a better life," writes Dr Michael.

This is not the first work published on Greek migrants to Australia by Professor Reginal Appleyard and Dr John Yiannakis, both of whom co-wrote Greek Pioneers in Western Australia, the first definitive history of Greek migrants in the region.

The launch attracted a number of esteemed guests, including the newly-elected Consul of Greece Antonios Koliadis, City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, Deputy Lord Mayor James Limnios and president of the Hellenic Community Gary Mitchell.

Copies of Black Night, White Day: Greece-Born Women in Australia are available for purchase from Kastellorizian House, or by emailing Professor Yiannakis at J.Yiannakis@exchange.curtin.edu.au

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