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Cedars of Lebanon Inc, Dunedin

Collection | Ref # ZARCH 204 | Held by Heritage Collections, Dunedin Public Library

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Cedars of Lebanon Inc, Dunedin


Cedars of Lebanon Inc, Dunedin
Frizzell, Helen

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The Cedars of Lebanon Club was established in Dunedin in 1956

Between 1860 and 1900 thousands of young Lebanese left their homes to travel to seek a better life in other countries around the world. They settled in many places, including the United States of America, Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. These countries came to benefit from the resulting influx of entrepreneurial Lebanese migrants.
Lebanese settlement in Dunedin was mostly on the flats in the south, or just south of the Octagon – the Walker Street (now Carroll Street) district, where many owned their own houses. Thus Dunedin became the world's southernmost Lebanese community.
The Cedars of Lebanon Club was formed to promote the interests and welfare of the Lebanese community, the preservation of Lebanese language and culture, as a way of retaining links to the 'old country', to provide backgrounds to the families that have made the journey, and to nourish a greater awareness of the New Zealand Lebanese, and their Lebanese heritage.

Cedars of Lebanon Club Oral History Project 2008
In 2008 the club commissioned oral historian Helen Frizzell to undertake an oral history project, initially to carry out ten interviews, with more interviews to be conducted at a later date. The first ten interviews had been completed by March 2009.

Scope & Contents:
Oral History Project 2008:
Information about the project for those being interviewed, n.d. ca 2008; Sound recordings and Interview Documentation: Information for Users, April 2009

The Interviews:
Each interview hardcopy includes biographical information, the interview, and additional information. Additional information can be found at A sound recording in the form of a Data DVD (DVD-ROM) accompanies each hardcopy.

The ten interviews are with: Francis (Frank) John (Khunnah) Coory, John Edward Farry, Adele Mary George (nee Peters), Phillip Anthony George, Richard Joseph, Diana Marie Kearns (nee Milne), Joseph (Joe) Edward La Hood, Alan William McDonald, Albert (Bert) John Michael Reid, Leila Maria Taylor (nee Joseph)

Dates covered:

2008 - 2009

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No restrictions.

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