John, James and Farah Batrouney, Exhibition Street, Melbourne 1907
Australian-Lebanese have served in all Australian wars

Lebanese In Australia
The Lebanese presence in has been achieved through three successive waves: the first from around 1880 to the 1920s, the second from 1947 to 1975, and the third from 1976, which marked the beginning of the Civil War in Lebanon, to the present.  The period following the Civil War has seen a reduction in Lebanese migration to Australia and a significant rise in the number of short-term return visits to Lebanon. This reflects release of the pent-up demand for a return to Lebanon after the Civil War. Read more...

The Davis Family, Ballarat
In 1891 Tannous Dabes (later known as Davis) travelled from his home village of Bkfaya, in Mt Lebanon to Ballarat in Victoria, Australia.  He left behind his young wife, Elizabeth and three young children Joseph, Walter and Victoria.  Elizabeth came from a well-educated family in Lebanon.  She had been a schoolteacher before she married and she left behind one brother who was a doctor of medicine and another who was an Orthodox priest and, later, a bishop.  Nevertheless, she was prepared to join her husband as he tried his luck in a remote country. Read more...

The History of the Arabic music in Melbourne
The popularity of Lebanese and Arabic music was very scarce before 1973. Having spent three months in Lebanon after I graduated from University, the trip gave me motivation to return to Melbourne and open my first Production House in multilingual recordings and Film & Television productions. Read more...

Loyalty of Australian Lebanese
The Lebanese in Australia they have always shown a strong desire to become loyal Australian citizens, both in peace time and during times of war. While some were able to become citizens of the colonies before 1901, at Federation two acts of Parliament affected the Lebanese. These were Immigration Restriction Act of 1901, which excluded the migration of non-Europeans and the Naturalisation Act in 1903 which denied non-Europeans the right to apply for naturalisation. Read more...

George Batrouney, 1837-1904
In The Legacy of the Hawker (1), which was written in 1989 to celebrate the centenary of the arrival of George Batrouney in Australia, the authors of that book set out the information that was then known about George, the first member of the family to arrive in Australia. This was based on official records and family interviews conducted over the years from 1960s to the time of publication. Since then we have uncovered some further information which is included in chapter one: the life and times of George Batrouney. In chapter two Roger gives an account of his discovery of the grave of George Batrouney in the Melbourne Cemetery. Read more...

Footprints on the Mountains
tracking a hidden heritage -
When two Aborigines meet for the first time they ask each other, ‘What is your Dreaming?’ - Who are you, who is your family? To experience the absence of a Dreaming is both powerful and devastating. Deprived of their Dreaming a person has no tribal identity, no connectedness, no belonging. Family roots are as important as the spirit of the land.

Tracing Your Family History

These notes and questions are provided as a resource to help those interested in their family history to make a start in researching it through interviews.  They refer to life in Australia and overseas--in this case, Lebanon.  You can use some or all of these questions as a means of recording your own life or that of another person on video or audio tape.  Some resources are provided for those who wish to search for documents on their family history.  

If you wish to lodge a copy of your family history with ALHSV we would be happy to receive it but this is entirely voluntary.  


Lebanese in Australia
Research, Writing and ‘Depictions’
It took almost 100 years of living in Australia before there was any systematic writing and research about the Lebanese in this country. Read more...

Hage, G. (ed), Arab - Australians Citizenship and Belonging Today, Melbourne University Press, Carlton Sth, VIC, Australia, 2002.

Tabar, P., Lebanese Migrants in Australia and New Zealand: An Annotated Bibliography, Lebanese Emigration Research Center NDU Press, Louaize, Lebanon, 2004


Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Australian Lebanese Historical Society (NSW)

The Genealogical Society of Victoria

The History Teachers’ Association of Victoria

Immigration Museum

Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC) at Notre Dame University

Migration Heritage Centre NSW

Museum of Victoria

National Archives of Australia

National Library of Australia

National Museum Australia

Oral History Association of Australia

Picture Australia

Public Record Office Victoria

Royal Australian Historical Society

Royal Historical Society of Victoria

State Library of Victoria

Society of Australian Genealogists