The cover of the new book Greek Cafes & Milk Bars of Australia  shows the Theodorakis family and friends at their Cootamundra cafe in 1952 (from left) George Theodorakis, 8, Maria Coombes, Katina and Spiro Vardis, Nick, Marea, Manoli and Chrisanthy, 4, Theodorakis and at the back, Evangelina Theodorakis

The cover of the new book Greek Cafes & Milk Bars of Australia shows the Theodorakis family and friends at their Cootamundra cafe in 1952 (from left) George Theodorakis, 8, Maria Coombes, Katina and Spiro Vardis, Nick, Marea, Manoli and Chrisanthy, 4, Theodorakis and at the back, Evangelina Theodorakis

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Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown,inner Sydney in c1880-1893.Photo from Dictionary of Sydney.A♥W

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown,inner Sydney in c1880-1893.Photo from Dictionary of Sydney.A♥W

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Australians have this idea that the history of our country and its people is pretty boring. It couldn't be more untrue.

Australians have this idea that the history of our country and its people is pretty boring. It couldn't be more untrue.

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The first and second Prime Ministers of Australia, Edmund Barton and Alfred Deakin, amongst the 1901 cabinet.

The first and second Prime Ministers of Australia, Edmund Barton and Alfred Deakin, amongst the 1901 cabinet.

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Four young girls sitting in a circle on an asphalt surface, playing Jacks with sheep knucklebones in a government school playground in Melbourne, Victoria, 1954.

Four young girls sitting in a circle on an asphalt surface, playing Jacks with sheep knucklebones in a government school playground in Melbourne, Victoria, 1954.

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The NSW government commandeered huge tracts of land when the bubonic plague struck Sydney in 1900.

The NSW government commandeered huge tracts of land when the bubonic plague struck Sydney in 1900.

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The wreck of the Endeavour was found in Narragansett Bay off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island. It is thought the wreck was sunk there in an attempt to block the harbor before the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778

The wreck of the Endeavour was found in Narragansett Bay off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island. It is thought the wreck was sunk there in an attempt to block the harbor before the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778

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Their names are virtually unknown and yet their works and discoveries changed the face of science forever.

Their names are virtually unknown and yet their works and discoveries changed the face of science forever.

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