Cultures That Have Shaped Melbourne

The physical aspects that have shaped Melbourne City

By Camille Perry 8AP

Chinese Presence in Melbourne

During the gold rush (1851-1860s) a lot of Chinese people migrated to Australia. Because of this the population in Australia tripled. When the gold ran out most of the Chinese settled in Australia creating China Town on Little Bourke st

China's cultural presence has physically shaped Melbourne by bringing their food, traditions, temples and ways of life into the city of Melbourne we know today.

Eg: The See Yup Society temple in South Melbourne was the most important centre of Chinese worship in the 19th century.

Italian Presence in Melbourne

In-between the 1920s and 1950s Carlton was a hugely popular spot for Italian immigrants. Now the population of Italians in Carlton has declined but there is still a Italian presence in certain areas such as Lygon st. The street is filled with Italian shops, restaurants, and cafés.

Italy's presence has physically shaped Melbourne by bringing great infrastructure ideas such as Victorian terraces as well as shops and other buildings.

Greek Presence in Melbourne

Melbourne has been home to Greek immigrants since 1827. The city's Greek precinct in Lonsdale St. began in the 1930s and is now full of restaurants, cafés, cake shops and even music stores and Greek cinemas. The Greek precinct is also the main area to celebrate festivals such as the Festival of the Antipodes which happens every March.

Greece's presence has physically shaped Melbourne by bringing small businesses into Melbourne when they migrated to Australia.

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