Moorooka Encounters went to the heart of Moorooka’s shopping strip, Beaudesert Road – one of Brisbane’s most vibrant traditional shopping areas. Maintaining a ‘high street’ atmosphere, it provides tangible evidence of Brisbane’s multicultural communities, with its businesses run by a fascinating and diverse cross section of people.
This exhibition shared the unique and personal stories of Moorooka business owners and employees including their hopes for their businesses and their reflections about Moorooka.
Photographs by Russell Shakespeare
Moorooka identities whose stories featured in the exhibition included Italian Mario Grimaldi of Piccolino’s; Ethiopian Tesfaye Tefera who opened Made in Africa in 1992; Mu’ooz Eritrean Restaurant and Catering Business manager Saba Abraham; Sudanese-born Alsiddig AA. (Adam) Mohammed who runs Umdorman Café and Jeff Ballment from the Karpaty Ukranian Credit Union.