“Greek-Australian Women and Building Alternative Multiculturalisms: Grassroots Histories of Migrant Welfare in NSW, 1960s-1980s”

This research aims to build a fuller picture of early multiculturalism from the perspective of women, including those who worked at the ‘frontlines’ of migrant welfare and service provision for the Greek communities of NSW from the 1960s to the 1980s. Did you volunteer for a community organisation that provided welfare support to migrant communities in Sydney? Have you participated in community discussions around migrant service provision (child-care, unemployment support, women’s support services)? Would you be willing to sit down with me and talk about your experiences?

What’s involved

  • An audio-recorded one-on-one interview of no more than 1.5 hours, in a location in which you feel most comfortable.
  • You will be asked a series of closed and opened ended questions regarding your memories of community politics, social welfare activism, and service provision to migrant communities in the 1960s-1980s, and your experiences working as part of an ethnic community organisation and/or in an activist capacity.
  • The recorded interviews are expected to be conducted in-person across June-August 2022 – though we may have unrecorded conservations in the months preceding
  • This research will contribute to the Greek-Australian Archive, to be held at the State Library of NSW (SLNSW).


Participants will have an opportunity to contribute to the literature around histories of migration, settlement and multiculturalism in Sydney and Australia. The project hopes to expand the reach of community memories, and foster a broader understanding of this period and the work of community groups in securing better living standards and services for ethnic minority groups.

If you are interested in participating please contact me at 

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