Virtual Open Lecture: Chandris-By sea to Australia

Location: Zoom Webinar, YouTube Live Stream, Facebook Live Stream

Date: THURSDAY – 13th Aug.2020 @ 7pm

Presenters: Michael Brady

Language of Presentation: English | R.M.L.G.*: 0 – No knowledge of Greek required.

Entry: FREE


In the years after World War two, a weary and beleaguered European population was enticed to a mysterious southern land, a haven of prosperity and opportunity; Australia. One unlikely shipping line emerged to dominate the Greek-Australian trade and their elegant, white ships – Patris, Ellinis, Britanis and Australis – paved the way for a whole generation of workers and families to start new lives in this far-off country. In this talk, maritime illustrator and historical enthusiast Michael Brady will tell the tale of Anthony and Dimitri Chandris’ unlikely success as shipping magnates and the empire they built, the ships they operated and the many thousands of lives that were forever changed by Chandris Line and the arduous, 3-week voyage to Australia by sea.


Michael Brady is an illustrator and recruitment consultant originally from Adelaide. He was trained as an Industrial Designer and in 2018 he founded ‘Liner Designs and Illustration’. The business combines his lifelong fascination with ships and history with his design skills, creating museum-quality illustrations of immigrant ships and famous ocean liners alike. Michael got the idea to start the business after his father – singer/songwriter Mike Brady of ‘Up There Cazaly’ fame – told him exciting stories of what it was like to emigrate to Australia in the 1950s.

How to Participate

In order to keep everyone safe we have organised this seminar to be delivered online.
However, we are well aware that for some, a large part of the appeal of our seminars is the very active audience participation. Therefore we are providing two ways for you to enjoy the seminar:
If you want to actively participate and ask questions at the end of the seminar you will need to join us through a Zoom Webinar – for which you’ll need to pre-register by following this link:

If you prefer to sit back and enjoy the show, just join us through our Facebook page or our YouTube page where we’ll be live streaming the event.


We thank the following donor for making this seminar possible: Anastasia Sougleris.

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