Cedars of Lebanon Hall, 1963
Parramatta is a significant centre of Lebanese settlement in Australia. People from the village of Kfarsghab began to migrate to the area in the 1890s and established the roots for Parramatta’s Lebanese community. The easing of immigration restrictions after World War II saw a wave of migration from Europe and by 1963 the Lebanese community in Parramatta was well established and quickly expanding. Here you see members of the community socialising and performing the Dabke, a traditional dance, at Cedars of Lebanon Hall in Parramatta.
UPDATE. Due to strong community interest in this video, the ABC has made available a longer version of this video. View it here
As part of the online launch of Storybox, the ABC has curated a selection of video sourced from deep within the ABC Archive, showing snapshots of life in Parramatta in the 50s and 60s.