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Siblings recreate dim sim photo in tribute to South Melbourne Market

Papadopoulos children eat dim sims at the South Melbourne Markets.
Theo (eight), Helen (11) and Harry (three) Papadopoulos eat dim sims in a photo from 1969.

Supplied: South Melbourne Markets

Late last year Theo Papadopoulos's phone rang. On the other end it was his daughter saying: "Dad, I think this is you."

She was referring to a 1960s photo of three children at South Melbourne Market — and she was right.

Mr Papadopoulos's daughter had stumbled across the old black and white photo on South Melbourne Market Facebook page.

It was among a series of archival photos posted to celebrate the markets' 150th birthday.

As children, every Saturday morning Theo, Helen (Agouridis) and Harry Papadopoulos headed to the markets with their mother to do the weekly shop and to feast on dim sims.

Papadopoulos family at the South Melbourne Markets.
Theo Papadopoulos (56), Helen Angouridis (59) and Harry Papadopoulos (51) eating dim sims at the South Melbourne Markets again at the weekend.

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"We were born and raised in South Melbourne; our parents came out [from Greece] in the 50s," Mrs Agouridis said.

"We grew up on Martin Street in South Melbourne. We went to school literally up the street.

The weekly trip to the South Melbourne Markets was also routine for many members of their extended Greek family, all living in the South Melbourne area at the time.

Theo, Harry and Helen Papadopoulos standing in the street.
The Papadopoulos children standing in Martin Street in South Melbourne in the late 1960s.

Supplied: Theo Papadopoulos

"It wasn't just us, it was every relative that we have around here, and we had quite a few of them," Mr Papadopoulos said.

"Everyone seemed to be here on the Saturday — they just happened to get a photo of us."

While Theo, Helen and Harry are all now in their 50s, with children and grandchildren of their own and living in different areas of Melbourne, South Melbourne Market is still an important place for them all to visit.

"Every friend that I have has been down at the markets with me and I've introduced them to the dim sims," Mr Papadopoulos said.

The dim sim is clearly not traditional Greek cuisine but it is the drawcard that brings the Papadopoulos family regularly back to the markets.

"Clearly, we're Greek, but pretty much everyone in our family loves dim sims — so that brings people back if nothing else," Mrs Agouridis said.

And while neither Theo, Helen nor Harry can remember having their photo taken on that Saturday morning back in the late 60s, they are thrilled it has been discovered.