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Old 05-08-2012, 04:43 AM   #1
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Default The Arrival and Settlement of Macedonians in the Inner Western Suburbs of Melbourne


Macedonians from under Yugoslav rule did not arrive in Victoria in large numbers until the 1970s. Many chose Melbourne’s inner western suburbs as their new home; here they found abundant employment opportunities and cheap suburban accommodation. Within a decade, Macedonians would come to form an integral part of the ‘inner west’. This article identifies the longer history of Macedonians’ migration to Australia and then examines this post-war migrant study’ in this light, focussing on the suburbs and industries in which Macedonians lived and worked and quickly became identified. It traces their considerable (and continuing) efforts to preserve their ethnic roots—by forming Macedonian associations and establishing institutions. Drawing largely on recent interviews with several migrants and using illustrative evidence from family and community photographs to enlarge on the human story, this study seeks to give new recognition to a people who had struggled under several regimes. It proposes to deepen our knowledge of the diverse backgrounds Melbourne’s post-war ‘new’ migrants and, finally, it tells one nation’s story of will and economic and cultural survival—once here.

By Nick Anastasovski

It's a top read and good insight into the Macedonian community in the west of Melbourne.
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