From the Greek island of Rhodes to Dulwich Hill
Peggy moved to Sydney with her family from the Greek Island of Rhodes when she was 3 years old in 1952. After staying with her grandparents in Surry Hills for six months, her parents opened a mixed business in Glebe. It was difficult for them as they didn’t know the language so her Dad went to night school to learn the English language to help him in the business. After 3 or 4 years they sold the business and moved the family to Dulwich Hill where her parents opened another mixed business. The mixed business consisted of fruit and vegetables, a Greek delicatessen and a milk bar. Peggy’s older sister worked full time in the family business and Peggy would help in the afternoon after school..
Peggy’s dad helped to set up St Nicholas, the Greek Orthodox Church in Marrickville with other local Greeks.
Peggy likes the name Greek Precinct and identifies St Nicholas as a place of cultural significance to her and her family. “It was where people went to meet other Greeks, it helped to keep the culture alive and at the same time settling in and being a part of their new country.”
Image: First Easter at St Nicholas' Courtesy of Peggy Phillips