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Diasporas and Assimilation:
Responses from Lebanese Migration by Geraldine Khachan

A particularly interesting function was held on 15 May 2010 at Rumi’s Middle Eastern Restaurant in Brunswick where Geraldine Khachan from Canberra spoke about her PhD research into Australian-Lebanese who served in the world wars.  Geraldine indicated that she had records of over 300 Australian-Lebanese who fought in the wars and was keen to interview both veterans and their descendants in Melbourne.  During and after Geraldine’s talk a number of those present spoke about the war service of their grandparents, fathers and brothers which they illustrated with photographs, medals and other war memorabilia.  Some of the families mentioned whose sons served in the wars were Abourizk, Aboud, Antees, Batrouney, Mansour, Saleeba, among others. 

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Many of us were moved during this session as Richard Saleeba described the impact of gas on the Australian soldiers, including his grandfather, George Saleeba, during the First World War. On a lighter note, Ken Saleeba, a Second World War veteran, described his experiences, including an amusing story of how the Australian soldiers introduced Australian Rules Football to the Japanese in the immediate post-war period.   

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