Exhibition held at Australian History Museum, Macquarie University, Sydney, commencing on 7 December 2006
This exhibition display utilises cafe objects - such as milkshake makers, tableware, menus, cafe signage, ice cream scoops, ice cream sundae dishes, chocolate boxes and soda fountain glasses and bottles - together with historical and contemporary photographs. A five minute DVD presentation highlights the evolution of the Greek-run oyster saloons to soda/sundae 'parlors', milk bars, the classic country Greek cafe and finally the take-away. Objects and explanatory text are structured according to this sequential development. The process of the Americanisation of Australian eating and socio-cultural habits through these Greek-run enterprises is highlighted, including their working relationship with cinema and popular music. Greek cafe influences upon the development of Art Deco architectural style is also touched upon.