In this section, we give an account of the Greek settlement in Bloemfontein in the latter part of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It should be understood that Bloemfontein in the nineteenth century was a far-off and unknown destination; yet Greek citizens left their fatherland to settle in this town.

The circumstances in Greece that compelled people to leave their country are discussed.

The position and life of Greek immigrants in Bloemfontein are subsequently described, including the role and the identities of the Greek “patriarchs” in Bloemfontein, the phenomenon of the so-called “chain emigration”, and finally the progress the Greek immigrants made in their new homeland.