Story: Middle Eastern peoples

An Arabic diary

An Arabic diary

In the late 19th century George Bouzaid set off from Lebanon for America – only to end up in Australia. From there he moved to Wellington in 1892, and settled his family. After establishing a drapery on Lambton Quay the family moved in 1909 to Greytown, where George died in 1933. In the 1970s his great-granddaughter Maureen Brider (pictured) found a bound ledger inscribed in Arabic in the family’s Greytown house. It proved to be her great-grandfather’s diary. It was not until the early 1990s that the diary, which tells of George’s travels, was translated.

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James Veitch and Dalia Tinawi, 'Middle Eastern peoples - The Lebanese', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 May 2022)

Story by James Veitch and Dalia Tinawi, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015