Ithacans first came to Victoria in the 1850s, in search of fortune on the gold fields. Since then, their entrepreneurial spirit has contributed greatly to the cultural fabric of Melbourne, from street stalls in the Queen Victoria Market to some of the city’s finest cafes and restaurants.
With an ancient history grounded in Greek mythology, this exhibition draws parallels between the epic tale of The Odyssey as it relates to the migrant experience.
Explore the challenges faced by Ithacan migrants establishing roots in a new country, and celebrate the achievements of a community who continue to enrich the Melbourne of today.
Our Odyssey: Ithacans in Melbourne has been developed in collaboration with the Ithacan community and coincides with the 100 year anniversary of the Ithacan Philanthropic Society.