Shakin’ the world over: the Greek-Australian milk, presented by Leonard Janiszewski
Friday, 18 September 2015 from 7:45 pm to 9:30 pm (AEST)
Historian & Curator Leonard Janiszewski from the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University, provides an insight into the international cross-cultural origins of the milk bar.
In Sydney, late in 1932, Joachim Tavlaridis, known as Mick Adams, opened Australia’s first modern ‘American-style’ milk bar, the Black & White 4d. Milk Bar. Indeed, Adams’ milk bar was the world’s first.
Within five years, there were some 4,000 milk bars operating in Australia – most were Greek-run.
By the mid-1930s, Greeks had taken the concept to New Zealand. At the same time, Great Britain also quickly imported the idea, as did South Africa and South Pacific islands and attempts were made to introduce the milk bar into continental Europe and America.
Adams’ refreshment revolution became both an Australian and international food-catering icon. This presentation provides an insight into the international cross-cultural origins of the milk-bar, its development within Australia, its subsequent distribution overseas, and its role as a vehicle for Americanisation.
Following the talk we invite all attendees to enjoy drinks and a light supper at about 8:45 pm.
For enquiries call David Rozenker–Apted on (02) 9878 2511.
Above image: The Golden Star Milk Bar, Hay Street, Perth, WA, mid-1930s. Courtesy M. Coufos, from the In Their Own Image: Greek- Australians, National Project Archives, Macquarie University.