The Hellenic Centre
invites you to an illustrated lecture by
Commissioner for the Government of Victoria Australia in Europe
Clothes, Commerce, Cultural Identity
and an Australian Greek Family’s Legacy
The 19th century wardrobe of Amirisa Hatziagapitou,
from Kastellorizo to Sydney and Melbourne
The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS
Geoffrey Conaghan presents Kastellorizo’s trade links through fabrics from France to India and Sri Lanka and his family’s material heritage which has been preserved over three generations in Australia.
Amirisa Hatziagapitou left in 1924 with her family and her Greek Ottoman wardrobe of over seventy items is now under the care of her Australian great grandson Geoffrey Conaghan.
The Island of Kastellorizo is now the eastern most point of the Greek Republic. In the 19th century it was a dynamic port that flourished through trade with Venice, Genoa, Marseilles, Alexandria and Beirut, introducing fabrics from the east and west. Events in the early 20th century saw it controlled by Turkey, France and Italy and the island reduced to 5% of its population, with the majority migrating to Australia.
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