Australian-Lebanese telling their stories – past, present and future

We are dedicated to telling the inspiring stories of Australian-Lebanese in Victoria through writings, photography, film, paintings, cultural events and exhibitions.

Some of these stories focus on the past, some on the present. All are recorded for future generations.

Each story builds on the journey of the Australian-Lebanese, from their arrival in the late 1800s to the present.

These stories speak of the joys, struggles, humour, resilience and courage of families, individuals, businesses, churches, mosques, schools, cultural organisations and communities.

Our Organisation

Funding was obtained from the Victorian Multicultural Commission in 2005 to establish The Australian Lebanese Historical Society of Victoria. ALHSV was incorporated on July 7 2005 and formally launched at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Melbourne, on 4 October 2006.

Since then, the ALHSV has become an affiliated member of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

We welcome as members all who have an interest in the ALHSV goals and activities.

The ALHSV is run by a Council with elections held bi-annually.

We aim to…

  • Foster research, writing and exhibitions on Lebanese heritage, culture and history in Victoria.
  • Identify and record materials related to Lebanese migration and settlement in Victoria.
  • Promote the study and publication of the contributions of the Lebanese community to Australian society.
  • Liaise with mainstream collecting and displaying bodies such as museums, libraries, archival resource centres and cultural organisations.
  • Build understanding of their cultural heritage among the Australian-Lebanese Community of Victoria.
  • Sponsor and develop applications for projects in support of the above.

Our Activities include…

  • Conducting functions, events, exhibitions, talks and seminars
  • Participating in activities conducted by other organisations
  • Publishing a members’ Newsletter
  • Developing a website with information on:
    – current and future activities of ALHSV
    – completed projects
    – projects currently being undertaken
    – relevant references and resources for research on Lebanese community history
    – Contact with ALHSV Council members and others in the Lebanese community
    – opportunities for people to develop and include their own stories on the ALHSV website
    – links to related websites.
  • Build understanding of their cultural heritage among the Australian-Lebanese community of Victoria.
  • Sponsor and develop applications for projects in support of the above.

ALHSV Community Survey Link

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Andrew Batrouney


Andrew is a teacher and historian who has written extensively on the migration and settlement of Lebanese in Australia. His publications include two books and several papers on Australian society and immigrant groups and issues.

Nadine Samaha

Vice President

Nadine is an award-winning architect, leading level-ak, a design and construction practice. She is an Environmental Sustainable Design lecturer at RMIT and a passionate advocate for sustainability and regenerative design. Even though she migrated to Melbourne in 1988, Nadine never forgets her roots in Lebanon. She is passionate about preserving Lebanese immigration and settlement stories to create a continuous cultural connection with future generations.

Mae Batrouney


Mae is a careers councillor and teacher. She is currently President of the Career Education Association of Victoria. She is an experienced educator who has worked in the area of non-traditional employment avenues for female students.

Sam Haddad OAM JP


Salem was born in Kab – Elias, Lebanon. He came to Australia in 1966. Successfully self-employed in real estate since 1975, he is married with three children. Over many years, Salem has worked tirelessly for the Lebanese community in Melbourne. His deep and passionate commitment to community issues saw him awarded an OAM as recognition for his many years of service. ,Salem has held positions such as Trustee/Australian Lebanese Zahle Association, Victoria; Events Coordinator / United Australian Lebanese Movement, Victoria; President / Melkite Catholic Eparchy Council, Victoria;  Past President / Australian Lebanese Association, Victoria; Director / Melkite Catholic Eparchy Corporation LTD Aust/NZ, and Past National Coordinator for UALM.


Members of the ALHSV Executive Committee oversee the running of the Society. Committee Members also take the lead in the organisation of functions that focus on presenting the history of the Lebanese community in Melbourne.

Committee Members

Prof. Lina Shawan-Akl; Glen Kalem-Habib

How you can be involved

  • apply for membership (individual $30; student $15; family $45; institutional $250) more info
  • visit our website
  • attend meetings
  • contribute material to the website
  • attend ALHSV functions
  • subscribe to our members Newsletter and make contributions