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Arrival of first Greek in Australia May 7, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora.

A report published in a provincial Australian newspaper contains assertions that, if proved true, could completely change what is believed today to be the first arrival of Greeks in Australia.

Under the title, ”Greece”, The Gold Coast Bulletin refers to the migration of Greeks to Australia, beginning with George Pappas in 1814, the first Greek in the colony fleet, who jumped ship, married an aborigine and settled in Sydney.

The article notes that the official historical account of the first Greeks in Australia involves seven sailors from Hydra, who were arrested by the British Royal Navy for piracy and, after being convicted in Malta, were sent to Australia as convicts in 1829.

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