A Look Over Time:
THE AUSTRALIAN LEBANESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC. CONTRIBUTION TO CELEBRATING HISTORY WEEK 2016 THEME OF NEIGHBOURS
Waves of migration from Mt Lebanon to Australia have been occurring since the 1870s, each with its own characteristics. From 1870 to 1943, migrants left a country that was a province of the Ottoman Empire and from 1921 a French Mandate. Those leaving after 1943 migrated from an Independent Lebanon. Later arrivals left a country troubled by a 15-year civil war.
Neighbours and mentors encountered in Australia became their heroes and played a pivotal role in successful settlement.
A good roll-up of members and supporters Marrickville Library meeting room at Marrickville Town Hall on 10th September heard our three speakers from the Australian Lebanese Historical Society talked about their ancestors arrival from Lebanon, each speaker’s ancestors’ representing one of these distinct waves of migration to compare the similarities and differences of the experiences of their family’s arrival.