A Continuous Thread

The Lebanese Presence in South Brisbane, Woolloongabba and West End
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For almost 140 years, Lebanese immigrants and their descendants have lived in the South Brisbane, Woolloongabba and West End areas of Brisbane.

They came seeking a better life and despite the many obstacles they encountered including extensive legislative discrimination, they worked hard, raised families and contributed to their local and wider communities.
719 stanley street, woolloongabba c.1940
G.K. and G.C. Haddad Hairdressers [Read More] (Show On Map)
Ruby Abraham Draper [Read More] (Show On Map)
Craitem's Motor Service Station [Read More] (Show On Map)
Peter and Martha Shear, Greengrocers [Read More] (Show On Map)
Malouf's Victory Motors [Read More] (Show On Map)
United Fashions [Read More] (Show On Map)
Marcia’s on Montague [Read More] (Show On Map)
Ehden Bar and Kitchen [Read More] (Show On Map)
King Ahiram Café [Read More] (Show On Map)
Insane Acai bar [Read More] (Show On Map)
Arabellas Middle Eastern Cuisine [Read More] (Show On Map)
Carl David Pharmacies (318 Adelaide Street Brisbane) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Carl David Pharmacies (225 Queen Street Brisbane) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Carl David Pharmacies (360 Queen Street Brisbane) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Carl David Pharmacies (130 Queen Street Brisbane) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Carl David Pharmacies (Adelaide Street Brisbane) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Carl David Pharmacies (Moorooka) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Carl David Pharmacies (Everton Park) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Carl David Pharmacies (George Street Brisbane) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Carl David Pharmacies (Hendra) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Carl David Pharmacies (Edward Street Brisbane) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Carl David Pharmacies (Queen Street Brisbane) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Carl David Pharmacies (Adelaide Street Brisbane) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Carl David Pharmacies (Commercial Road Fortitude Valley) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
G. H. Malouf (Carrier) [Read More]Carrier (Show On Map)
Farah's Beauty Salon [Read More]Beauty Salon (Show On Map)
Richard Malouf Pharmacy [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Joseph Tooma Pharmacy [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Sealy of Australia [Read More]Bedding Factory (Show On Map)
Haddad Beauty Salon [Read More]Hairdresser (Show On Map)
T. A. & Z. Malouf Grocers [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
George Malouf Residence [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Mrs E. Malouf Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
John Sardie Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
George Remanous Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Malouf's Oakland Motors [Read More]Car dealer (Show On Map)
Wallace Frangi Drapery [Read More]Drapery Store (Show On Map)
Farrah Family Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Mimis Family Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Susie Ward Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Edward Remanous Residence [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Frederick David Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Gabriel Sardie Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Abraham Craitem Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Michael J Malouf Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
George Malouf Home (Russell Street) [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Michel Asmar Home (Melbourne Street) [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Wallace Frangi Home (Grey Street) [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Wallace Frangi Home (Cordelia Street) [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Wallace Frangi Home (Annerley) [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Wallace Frangi Home (Emperor Street) [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Abraham Craitem Residence [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Reema Bedding Manufacturers [Read More]Bedding Factory (Show On Map)
Jacob Mahboub Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Herbert Joseph Home and Flats [Read More]Residence & Flats (Show On Map)
Michael Joseph Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Calile Malouf Store and Home [Read More]Store & Residence (Show On Map)
Martha Ward Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Nora Tooma Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Tooma Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Deeb Saba Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Peter Shear Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Joseph Remanous Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Nicholas Roofayal Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Rose Remanous Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Selim Azar Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Calile Malouf & Sons (Adelaide Street Brisbane) [Read More]Drapery Store (Show On Map)
Edward Remanous Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Michael C Malouf Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
V Mahboub Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
J Mahboob home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
O. Mimis Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
M & A Mimis Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
V Mimis Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
S Craitem Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
C Craitem Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
A. N. Craitem Residence [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Salem Dyer home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Dyer Drapery store [Read More]Drapery store (Show On Map)
Ward Family Home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Chemist, Frederick David [Read More]Chemist (Show On Map)
George Daher Aboud Family home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Joseph Abdy Family home [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
Abdy Bros [Read More]Drapery Store (Show On Map)
S. & A. Malouf Store and Home [Read More]Store (Show On Map)
Store (Sade) [Read More]Store (Show On Map)
Imperial Wine Central Café [Read More]Café (Show On Map)
Drapery Store (J Sugars) [Read More]Drapery Store (Show On Map)
Madad Pty Ltd [Read More]Bedding Factory (Show On Map)
George's Fruit & Vegetables [Read More]Fruit shop (Show On Map)
S. Dyer & Co. [Read More]Bedding Factory and residence (Show On Map)
David Pharmacies (Central Office) [Read More]Central Office (Show On Map)
David Pharmacies (Adelaide & Edward Streets) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
David Pharmacies (Edward Street CBD) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
David Pharmacies (George Street CBD) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
David Pharmacies (Queen & George Streets) [Read More]Pharmacy (Show On Map)
Calile Malouf Pty Ltd, Strand Building [Read More]Retail store (Show On Map)
Calile Malouf Pty Ltd [Read More]Office (Show On Map)
Asmar Pty Limited [Read More]Clothing Factory (Show On Map)
Recreation Rooms [Read More]Recreation Rooms (Show On Map)
Serviced Rooms (Boyd Abraham) [Read More]Serviced Rooms (Show On Map)
A. J. & S. Tooma Building Contractors [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
George Sardie Residence [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)
St. Clement's Catholic Church [Read More]Church (Show On Map)
Azar's General Store [Read More]Store/Residence (Show On Map)
Asmar Clothing Factory [Read More]Clothing Factory (Show On Map)
Calile Malouf & Sons, Stanley Street Woolloongabba [Read More]Drapery Store (Show On Map)
Merriwa [Read More]Residence (Show On Map)

About

This website is one part of the A Continuous Thread: the Lebanese Presence in South Brisbane, Woolloongabba and West End project which also produced an eight banner pop-up exhibition and a book. The idea for this project came from research undertaken for a PhD thesis which focused on the history of Lebanese in Australia from the 1880s to 1947. It was obvious that, since the 1880s, the South Brisbane area has been the most important geographic location for Lebanese immigrants in Queensland; yet, this is largely an unrevealed history. As this area of Brisbane is undergoing rapid change and the immigrants and their descendants are ageing, there was a chance this history could be lost.
calile and ada malouf
Wallace frangi in shop
The project would still be an idea without the generous funding and support provided by the Brisbane City Council through the Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Research Award for local history. I am grateful this project was selected for funding and also for the support and understanding shown by the administrators of the grant during challenging times. The project has also been supported by the Australian Lebanese Historical Society Inc. and Oral History Queensland.
The timeframe for the project was to be June 2019 to June 2020 but due to disruptions caused by COVID19 more time was granted. While the pop-up exhibition and book are complete, this website is a work in progress. It will continue to develop in an attempt to be as comprehensive as possible. Using a combination of sources, the website maps businesses and homes to provide a visual understanding of the Lebanese presence in the South Brisbane area from the 1880s to the present. As it is ongoing, people are encouraged to provide information and photographs and also to suggest corrections or additions to information on the site.
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About the project

In the 1890s, the Worker (20 February 1897, p.2) described Stanley Street South Brisbane as ‘Syrian town’ due to the increasing presence of Syrians, people from the area now known as Lebanon. Although these immigrants attracted a lot of negative attention and although there has been a continuous Lebanese presence in the South Brisbane, Woolloongabba and West End area since the 1880s, theirs is largely an untold story. By tracing the connecting thread from the undesirable Syrian hawkers and shopkeepers of the nineteenth century through the twentieth century to the present, this website seeks to map a presence often overlooked in official histories, acknowledge the contribution of Lebanese immigrant families and add to the understanding of Brisbane’s diverse history.
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The Lebanese Presence In South Brisbane, Woolloongabba and West End

Image Citations:

Calile Malouf Pty Ltd. Stanley Street Woolloongabba. Courtesy of the Calile Malouf Family.

719 Stanley Street Woolloongabba, c1940. Courtesy of the Dyer family.

Calile and Ada Malouf, n.d. Courtesy of the Calile Malouf Family.

Wallace Frangi in his drapery store, 191 Boundary Street West End, c. early 1960s. Courtesy of the Frangi Family.

Nazla Malouf (far left) and Phil & Audrey Lutvey (far right) with American soldiers, Jane St West End, World War Two. Used with permission.

Wedding dress made by United Fashions Pty Ltd for Miss Iris Jacobson, 1957. I Do!: Wedding Stories from Queensland, Queensland Museum. Photo Anne Monsour.

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