The Syrians Are Coming…

A new release by Margaret Clapham of Buderim, Queensland.

This is Margaret’s first book. Her extensive research into the life journey of the Misto and Domainy families has led to the discovery of a little known group of 19th century immigrants from Syria who became the suppliers of drapery and household goods to Australian outback towns; the hawkers who jolted their way along the tracks on horse drawn carts to sell their wares from door to door. These two families were to become the first drapery merchants in Queensland country towns and much loved and respected business owners in Central Queensland.

The story of the Mistos is interwoven with some of Australia’s iconic moments in history. For those who think of Syrian/Lebanese immigration as a post 1945 movement, the Misto story brings a new perspective to the contribution these hard working “New Australians” made to the development of modern Australia.

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