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Newspaper cutting - Centenary Babies, circa 1934 Object Reg. No: HT 2274

Newspaper clipping titled 'Centenary Babies', which mentions the opening of James Sigalas' Centenary Cafe in Bourke St Melbourne. Iakovos (James) Sigalas was a Greek migrant born on the Island of Sikinos. He migrated to Adelaide with his family in 1901, after living in Egypt, Australia and New Zealand. In Adelaide he opened a store at 19 Rundle Street, which operated under the family name James Sigalas and Co until the 1980s. In 1905 he moved to Melbourne, where he he opened the Anglo-American café in Bourke Street in 1906. In the mid 1930s James opened the Centenary café three doors down from the Anglo-American café. He frequently returned to Sikinos for summer breaks, where he would travel alone, spend money and impress his friends and relatives with his success. In 1920, James took his three children to Athens to find them spouses. He arranged for his son Letho to be engaged to Lili. James died in Melbourne in 1950.
Faded news clipping with a cartoon of a priest baptising a baby, breaking up two paragraphs of text. The words "Bourke Street" and "Centenary Cafe" have been underlined.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Babette Sigalas, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 153 mm (Height), 73 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: working life, immigration, greek communities, greek immigration, settlement, caf s, news clippings, family businesses
Themes this item is part of: Iakovos (James) Sigalas, Greek Migrant, circa 1890s, Sigalas Family Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Settlement - Employment
Tertiary Classification: media coverage
Inscriptions: Printed: Centenary Babies
Place Named: Centenary Cafe, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1934
Place & Date Published: James Sigalas, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1934

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