Today, Queenslanders love Greek food and culture. However, there’s an untold past. In fact, in the early 20th century, Greek cafes and milk bars existed in almost every Queensland town, but they never served Greek food. Instead, they accommodated our British tastes and fulfilled our American dreams by serving banana splits, fish ‘n’ chips, ice cream sundaes and homemade sweets.


The exhibition Meet me at the Paragon nods to Queensland’s Greek café phenomenon. The stories live on in the State Library collection at These earrings are inspired by artifacts and photographs within the collection and represent a shared love of history and design between Busy Head's Therese and the curators and staff of The Queensland State Library.