Meet me at the Paragon

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area

27 September 2019 – 15 March 2020 - 

Free Entry

Meet me at the Paragon explores how the creation of American-style cafes enabled Greek migrants of the early to mid-1900s to carve out a new life in a foreign land. These establishments, like Dalby’s famous Paragon Café, became the social hubs of their communities; the McDonald’s of their day.

Imagine the tastes, experience the atmosphere and retrace the history of Queensland’s Greek cafes by learning the past and present true stories of the families that ran them in this fascinating exhibition.

The exhibition experience:

Step back in time as you slide into a replica café booth to browse the ‘menus’ of Greek cafés throughout Queensland and appreciate the architectural installation reminiscent of Kingaroy’s Busy Bee Café.

Hear the ‘daily opera’ of coffee machines, the clatter of cutlery and the general café hubbub in a special soundscape.

View photographic portraits of Greek café descendants and connect with their stories.

See original items from cafés across Queensland including original café signs, anodised milkshake cups, monogrammed plates, menus and other memorabilia.

Reflect on the stories of Greek migrants and how their cafés changed Australian dining and cuisine forever.

Event Dates

This event occurs once only on:
27 September 2019 – 15 March 2020

Event Venues

State Library of Queensland
Address:
Stanley Place
South Brisbane
Queensland, Australia 4101

Internet Access

  • Free Wifi

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Lockers
  • Shop

Other Information

Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.
Stanley Place
South Brisbane,
Queensland
Australia

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