We love these awesome photos of the iconic 1950s Greek cafés & milk bars of Australia that brought ‘exotic’ food and art deco glamour to our suburbs and country towns. Since the 1930s, Greek families had opened cafés & milk bars across Australia at all hours, seven days a week with some having American names like The Niagara, Astoria and The Paragon and decorated in glamorous art deco style while serving coffee, milkshakes, fancy sundaes, steak and eggs with chips. For hundreds of images and stories, check out the website for the new book Greek Cafés & Milk Bars of Australia, which documentary photographer Effy Alexakis and historian Leonard Janiszewski have spent 30 years researching, and as it turns out, were uniquely Australian. Just another reason to love this country! 🙂
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Werrington House: Yesterday, for the first time in 183 years, Historic Werrington House was open to the public. We ventured along, as did a few other hundred people, sadly it was only open for three hours and there was a two hour wait to snout through the house so uninterrupted photo ops weren’t to be. It’s hidden right in the middle of 70s constructed suburban dreams so if it wasn’t for the new gates, you’d never know it was nestled in there. For many years it was home to the ‘Father of Federation’ Sir Henry Parkes, Premier of NSW on five separate occasions from 1872 to 1891 and is now owned by former NSW Opposition Leader Captain Peter Collins and his wife Jennine. The restoration is fantastic and it’s great that the owners have remained faithful to the historical value of the property – let’s hope they open up Werrington House again some time soon. 🙂