Shafiqah Shasha

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Shafiqah Shasha (Arabic: شفيقة شعشع; July 3, 1877–1953) was a Lebanese-Australian matriarch who played a significant role as a trader in the early 20th Century garment industry first in Redfern, then in rural New South Wales. Shasha was born on 3 July 1877 in the village of Zahlé in what is now Lebanon to a Maronite family. In 1893 at the age of 16, she was sent by her family to the port of Beirut to begin a new life in Brazil, however she was tricked into boarding a ship to the colony of New South Wales.[1]


  1. ^ Cook, Kerrin (1995). Lucknow - A Veritable Goldmine. Orange, NSW: Orange City Council. p. 83. ISBN 0-9592227-8-2.