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The Australian Lebanese Historical Society Inc. aims to promote the study of the history of Lebanese settlement in Australia.
The Australian Lebanese Historical Society Inc. aims to promote the study of the history of Lebanese in Australia.
It is a non-religious, non-political organisation that seeks to catalogue and preserve relevant records and to extract their meaning through providing an historical context.
Membership is open to people of Lebanese descent, their families and others interested in the history of Lebanese in Australia.
With members throughout Australia, the ALHS facilitates the recording and telling of the Australian Lebanese story by developing its collection, encouraging research, producing publications and exhibitions, and organising regular events that include the wider community as well as ALHS members.
The key objectives of the Society are:
Our Phoenician ancestors were explorers, traders and settlers in the Mediterranean area, taking their culture to North Africa and Europe. Just over 140 years ago Lebanese emigrants chose to come to Australia to search for a better future and a new life. They encountered opposition from the British colonisers who had preceded them, but they persevered and have left a proud heritage for us as Australian Lebanese.
The Australian Lebanese Historical Society (ALHS) was formed in 2000 with the aim to encourage scholarship in the history of Lebanese settlement in Australia by research, publications, and regular events. It was recognised by Australians of Lebanese descent that their parents’ and grandparents’ stories were largely absent from the Australian story, and they realised that they needed to act to fill this gap.
Since 2000, the ALHS, which has members throughout Australia, has supported the recording and telling of the Australian Lebanese story through its publications and exhibitions, developing the collection and organising events that showcase Australian Lebanese history. Academics, family historians (professional and amateur), writers, and artists whose focus is the Australian Lebanese experience are encouraged by the ALHS to share their work. The ALHS has acknowledged contributions of people of Lebanese origin from all parts of Australia, ratified a constitution, established a scholarly reputation, published books, and contributed to the development of Australia’s cultural, political and professional life.
Since its inception, the Society has grown with members throughout Australia and now has branches in Sydney, Brisbane, and the Far North Coast of New South Wales. Meetings have been held outside the metropolitan areas and bring together people who are excited to learn how widespread the Australian Lebanese community has become, and how they have contributed to the growth and welfare of the areas where they settled. The younger generation has embraced this knowledge and been encouraged to investigate their own family history, to talk to their parents and grandparents and document their stories.
This website contains links to newsletters published by the Society, historical photos curated by families, family history books, and information about events past and future. There are also details of other Lebanese historical societies and organisations.
The Annual General Meeting of the Society is held in the first half of each calendar year.
As we moved towards the 20th anniversary of the Australian Lebanese Historical Society in 2020, it was an appropriate time to initiate the design of a new logo for the Society.
We were proud to announce the approval by the ALHS Board of a new logo designed by Anne-Marie Wharrie and Danielle Wharrie.
With this rebranding, we encompass not only the preservation of our Lebanese culture but acknowledge the close connection the Lebanese have had to all Australians, especially Indigenous Australians, since arriving in Australia from the 1800s onwards.
Whilst the logo is a stylised representation, the colour red is common to all cultures and indicates vibrancy, generosity, inclusivity and adaptation. These attributes define the Lebanese culture and are worthy of celebration by all of us.
The Board of Directors for 2023 is:
If you wish to contact a branch or a regional ambassador and require more information than is on this site, please email the ALHS at [email protected] and we’ll put you in touch.
|BRANCH||GENERAL INFORMATION||MEETINGS 2023|
|NSW||Meetings are usually held bi-monthly via Zoom on the third Wednesday of the month at 8pm unless advised otherwise.||22 March |
|Far North Coast NSW (FNCNSW)||Following the 2022 publication and launch of the book Branches of the Cedar Tree: Lebanese Families on the NSW Far North Coast, this branch is yet to decide whether to continue to meet regularly or less frequently than in the past. To be advised.||4 March at 11am at the Ballina RSL Club|
|QLD||Meetings are usually held bi-monthly in the Grange Library, (79 Evelyn St, Grange), unless advised otherwise. Meetings are in person and via Zoom. They are informal and usually run from 10.30am to midday.||11 February|
|REGIONAL AMBASSADORS||NAME||CONTACT DETAILS|
|Canberra||Dr. Nelia Hyndman-Rizk||Email the ALHS at [email protected] and we’ll put you in touch with a regional ambassador.|
|Manning Valley NSW||Mounira Saad|
|Southern NSW||George Manning|
|Western Australia||Anne-Marie Wharrie|
|North Queensland||Max Tomlinson|
|Toowoomba QLD||Gabrielle Saide|
The ALHS is affiliated with the following organisations:
Information on this site is protected by copyright and is for reference use only of those accessing the site. Other use of material on this site is not permitted without the permission of the Society.
The information on this site is provided as a guide only.
While every effort is made to ensure the information on this site is accurate and up-to-date, circumstances can change, and the Society is not responsible for any reliance on, or activities that may result from, the use of data on this site.
A number of links to other useful and/or related related Web sites are also provided. The provision of these links should not be construed as representing any endorsement or recommendation for these sites or to the accuracy or validity of the information presented on them. Nor do they represent any endorsement of the organsations that maintain these sites. The Links page is only designed to be a starting point for research and not a definitive list.
The Board of the Australian Lebanese Historical Inc. (ALHS) may from time to time grant permission for other community groups to use a limited amount of material from its website. The use of this material is governed by the following conditions: