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Behind the Wheel:
Lebanese Migration and the Taxi Business

On Sunday 12 June 2011 Christine Eid, the foundation secretary of ALHSV, gave a talk and facilitated a discussion on Australian-Lebanese Taxi Drivers at the Northcote Town Hall. This presentation derived from Christine’s expertise as a researcher, artist and curator as well as her particular interest in recording oral stories on the Victorian taxi industry, including Melbourne’s Hadchit Lebanese taxi-drivers.This was followed by interviews and a panel discussion with three past and present taxi drivers: Joe Harb, Noor El-Aine El-Fahkri and Tony Radi.   The session highlighted the migration, working lives and experiences of these and other Australian-Lebanese taxi drivers.  Of particular interest were the stories of Noor El-Aine El-Fahkri, the first and longest-serving Australian-Lebanese female taxi driver in Victoria.  

Behind the wheel Behind the wheel
Behind the wheel Behind the wheel

The session revealed that taxi-driving, partly because it enabled self-employment and entrepreneurial activity, played an important role in the economic and social history of many second wave Australian-Lebanese families. 

Behind the wheel Behind the wheel
Behind the wheel Behind the wheel

 

 

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