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Australian-Lebanese telling their stories – past, present and future

ALHSV is dedicated to telling the inspiring stories of Australian-Lebanese in Victoria through writings, photography, film, artwork, cultural events and exhibitions.

Some of these stories focus on the past, some on the present. All are recorded for future generations.

Each story invokes the journey of the Australian-Lebanese, from their arrival in the late 1800s to the present. These stories speak of the joys, struggles, humour and courage of families, individuals, businesses, churches, mosques, schools, cultural organizations and communities.

It was 1899. The long, cold winter in Ballarat, Victoria over at last. Her husband had just died so Lebanese immigrant, Elizabeth Dabes (later know as Davis) decided to bundle up her four children in a horse-drawn cart and continue the family business of hawking goods from house to house in the area.

Over one hundred years and three generations later, the legacy of her drive, innovation and entrepreneurial success prospers in the Davis family, including her great grandsons, Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks, and prominent fashion designer, Joseph Saba……