Greek migration has made a significant contribution to Australia in many ways, from early 19th century beginnings to the 1950s–1960s ‘building of a nation’ through hard work in factories, steel mills, the wharves and so on to the blossoming of a new form of Greek culture through the children of migrants, many of whom have become leading designers in Australian cities.

The Greek contribution to the richness of Australia’s built environment has occurred in many ways. There are the familiar elements in Australian towns and cities such as the Greek additions to inner city cottages and terraces including gardens, Greek milk bars, Greek churches and clubs. There is also another form of heritage, less easily discerned, emerging from the architects and planners who are children of Greek migrants and are now leading practitioners in Australia.

This exhibition design reveals the way the spirit of the Greeks has blended with the spirit of Australia to produce some unique aspects of Australian cities and towns. Originally intended to run during the Athens Olympics in August 2004, when the link between Australia and Greece will be of interest to both countries, the exhibition is on hold pending funding.


The gardens that migrants make tell the story of migration and the HOPE invested in the new country. This exhibition, opening at the Museum of Brisbane in September 2005, will reveal a number of gardens in and around Brisbane. The gardeners include recent migrants from countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Somalia and the Pacific Islands, as well as gardeners from the Mediterranean, South America and Asia.