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Our Committee is raising funds to create a lasting legacy telling the story of Lemnos' link to Gallipoli and Australia's Anzac story. Our projects include the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park, the publication of a major new historical and pictorial publication and more. To make a donation you can also deposit directly by direct debit into the Committee's bank account: Account Name: Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee Inc; Bank: Delphi Bank; Account No: 204299-020 BSB No: 941300; Include your surname in the reference section. For further information on our legacy projects or to make a donation please contact either Lee Tarlamis 0411553009 or Jim Claven 0409402388M

Saturday, 20 April 2019

From Lemnos to Salonika – Kew Rotary Club Presentation and Lunch - 2nd May 2019


Come along, enjoy a lunch and hear my presentation on Lemnos' link to the Gallipoli campaign and Australia's Anzac tradition, including as the location for the negotiation and signing of the armistice which ended the First World War in the east.
I will also make reference to the Australian soldiers and nurses who went on to serve on the Salonika Front from 1915 until the end of the war (a role recognised on Kew’s War Memorial), including Ballarat’s Sister Grace Munro.
This connection would continue into WW2 with the arrival of thousands of Australian soldiers – as well as nurses – to take part in the defence of Greece.
Finally he will outline current work in promoting the development of Greece’s new Anzac Commemorative Trail.

Where: Kew Golf Club
When: 12.30 for 12.45pm sharp, Thursday, 2nd May 2019
Tickets - $30 (including lunch).

RSVP Tuesday, 30th April 2019


Bookings: Contact George Verginis (Kew Rotary) on 0417 542 224 or via email at george_verginis@hotmail.com

Please make payment by direct deposit to the Rotary Club of Kew (Inc)
Please include your Surname in the Description
Bank: Bendigo & Adelaide BSB: 633 000 A/C No: 125381590

Jim Claven
Secretary, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Lemnos Commemorative Services for April 2019 Announced and More

Members and supporters are advised of the following commemorative events that have been scheduled for 2019:


Saturday 20th April 2019: ANZAC Commemorative Services on Lemnos
This year’s commemorations will take place on Saturday, 20th April 2019, with services commencing at Portianos Military Cemetery at 10.30am. The service at Portianos will include a memorial and wreath laying service and will conclude at approximately 11.00am. These will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial to Brigadier Stephen Saunders and a visit to the Portianou Folklore Museum. Services will re-commence at Mudros at 4.00pm with a flower laying ceremony at the Australian Pier memorial, north of Mudros. There may also be a short service at the Memorial at Mudros Pier. These will be followed by a memorial and wreath laying service at East Mudros Military Cemetery, commencing at 4.30pm. This ceremony will be followed by a presentation and music program at the Moudros Cultural Centre, commencing 5.30pm.
The annual services will conclude with a tour and presentation on Lemnos and the Hellenic Air Force operations in the First World War by retired Major General Diogenes Tsipouridis.
I will be representing our Committee at the commemorations. Please let us know if you are intending to attend the services. For further information contact me on: lee.tarlamis@hotmail.com
Thursday, 25th April - 6.00am:Dawn Service and Presentation - Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL, 95 Drummond Street Oakleigh
The Dawn Service will include wreath Laying, followed by breakfast at the RSL and the presentation at 12 noon by Jim Claven (Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee) and Clare O’Neil (MP for Hotham) of Albert Savage's iconic 1915 photograph of the Australian nurses arriving on Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign. All welcome. For further information please contact Jim Claven: jimclaven@yahoo.com.au


Thursday, 2nd May 2019 - 12.45pm for 1pm start: From Lemnos to Salonika: The Hellenic Link to Australia’s Anzac Tradition, Presentation by Jim Claven at Kew Rotary, Kew Golf Club
The cost for this event is $30 and includes lunch. All welcome but bookings essential. For further information please contact Jim Claven: jimclaven@yahoo.com.au


Saturday 10th August 2019 - 11.00am: 4th Annual Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Service
Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial, Lemnos Square, Albert Park. Service will include keynote address and laying of wreaths. For those seeking to lay a wreath or for other information please contact Jim Claven: jimclaven@yahoo.com.au


Thursday 31st October 2019 - 11.30am: 101st Anniversary of the Signing of the Mudros Armistice Commemorative Service, Sanctuary of the Shrine of Remembrance
This service will include the laying of wreaths and will be preceded by a tree plaque dedicated ceremony in the Shrine grounds. More details will be provided closer to the event. For further information please contact Jim Claven: jimclaven@yahoo.com.au

Book Launch - Lemnos and Gallipoli Revealed by Jim Claven.
The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee is proud to announce the forthcoming launch of its new major historical publication written by our Secretary. This will be an important opportunity to commemorate Lemnos' important role in Australia's Gallipoli story. This will be launched later in 2019 at a date and location to be announced. For further information please contact Jim Claven: jimclaven@yahoo.com.au

Other Events
Members and supporters may also be interested to attend the following:

Sunday 14th April - 2.00pm: Anzac Commemorative Service for Nurses – Australian Nurses Memorial Centre, 431 St Kilda Road Melbourne
This Commemorative Service will honour Victorian and other nurses who have made sacrifices of life and health, both in times of peace and war. It will be supported by the 305 Army Cadet Corps 5/6 RVP and the Keytones Choir. Following the Service, afternoon tea will be served at the Centre. For more information contact Arlene Bennett on 0419 527 273.
Tuesday, 30th April - 7.30pm: Anzacs in the Peloponnese – The Search for the Last Bridge, Presentation by Jim Claven.
Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street Northcote. Sponsored by the Pan Korinthian Association of Melbourne & Victoria. Free - All welcome. For further information please contact Jim Claven: jimclaven@yahoo.com.au

Lee Tarlamis
President, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Lemnos' Egyptian Pier - Where Albert Jacka left Lemnos

The view from the Egyptian Pier, the Australian Pier in the distance. Photo Jim Claven 2018
Last year our Committee - with the support of the Victorian State Government and authorities on Lemnos - unveiled a special plaque at the site of Australian Pier. This pier was erected by Australian troops in March 1915, one of the first major pieces of infrastructure to be constructed by the Allies on the Island. And it remains there to this day.
Just to the north of the Australian Pier is the location of another imported piece of Lemnos' Gallipoli campaign history. For here lies the remains of the Egyptian Pier, so called because it was constructed by some of the hundreds of Egyptian labourers who volunteered to come to Lemnos during the campaign to work as part of the British Army's Egyptian Labour Corps.
The remains of this pier are also significant for Australians. After the evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula in December 1915, thousands of Australian and other Allied troops came to Lemnos and its camps for a few days or weeks rest and recuperation before their departure for Alexandria and other battle fronts.
The soldiers of the Colonel John Monash's Australian 4th Brigade were camped in the East Mudros area rather than at the other major camps on the Island at Sarpi and West Mudros. These troops included Sergeant Albert Jacka who had been awarded Australia's first Victoria Cross of the war and Ernie Hill who would survive the war and successfully lobby government for the creation of a new soldier settlement near Shepparton in north eastern Victoria and new it Lemnos.
Egyptian Pier, 1915. James Edward McPhee Collection, State Library of Victoria.
After celebrating Christmas on Lemnos, these soldiers began their departure from the Island by marching down to the Egyptian Pier where they boarded lighters or barges to take them out to the troopships anchored in Mudros Bay that would take them to Egypt.
Little remains of the Egyptian Pier but the stones which formed its core structure are still there, leading off from the shore into the bay.
It would be great to mark this important pier - built by the Egyptian Labour Corps during the Gallipoli campaign as part of Advanced Base for the campaign and the site from where the Australians camped at East Mudros in December made their final departures from the Island they had come to know so well.
Such a commemorative marker would complement the others on Lemnos, especially the Australian Pier, and add to its growing Anzac Trail.

Jim Claven
Secretary, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

The Armistice of Mudros Story - The Gallipolian (UK)


The latest edition of the UK-based The Gallipolian magazine has published my historical article on the signing of the Armistice of Mudros at Lemnos in October 1918.
A version of this article had also been published in the Greek language in the Hellenic Navy Journal.
It is great to bring this story to a wider audience.
You can read and download the relevant pages by clicking on the links below:
Claven - Armistice - Gallipolian - 148 Winter 2018 1
Claven - Armistice - Gallipolian - 148 Winter 2018 2
Claven - Armistice - Gallipolian - 148 Winter 2018 3
Claven - Armistice - Gallipolian - 148 Winter 2018 4
Claven - Armistice - Gallipolian - 148 Winter 2018 5
Claven - Armistice - Gallipolian - 148 Winter 2018 6
Claven - Armistice - Gallipolian - 148 Winter 2018 7
The Gallipolian is published by the UK-based Gallipoli Associaion. They welcome new members and I urge anyone interested in the Gallipoli campaign to do so. Membership enquiries to:
membershipsecretary@gallipoli-association.org
Jim Claven
Secretary, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Lemnos' Australian Pier Memorial Unveiling Story - The Gallipolian (UK)

The Australian Pier Memorial, East Mudros, Lemnos. Photo Jim Claven 2018
The latest edition of the UK-based The Gallipolian magazine has published my story concerning the Gallipoli commemorations on Lemnos in April 2018, including the story of the unveiling of the new Australian Pier Memorial north of Mudros.
It is great to bring this story to a wider audience.
You can read and download the relevant pages by clicking on the links below:
Jim Claven - Australian Pier Unveiling - The Gallipolian 148 Winter 2018 1
Jim Claven - Australian Pier Unveiling - The Gallipolian 148 Winter 2018 2
Jim Claven - Australian Pier Unveiling - The Gallipolian 148 Winter 2018 3

The Gallipolian is published by the UK-based Gallipoli Associaion. They welcome new members and I urge anyone interested in the Gallipoli campaign to do so. Membership enquiries to:
membershipsecretary@gallipoli-association.org
Jim Claven
Secretary, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Friday, 25 January 2019

Lemnos Hero - Major Stanley Argyle, Medical Officer and Premier

Stanley Seymour Argyle, Premier of Victoria. Portrait from Parliament of Victoria.

Today we honour the service of the only Gallipoli veteran who served on Lemnos in 1915-16, who returned to Australia and was later elected a State Premier - Stanley Argyle.
Born in Kyneton and resident at Cotham Road in Kew, Stanley was a medical practitioner working at Melbourne's Alfred Hospital (where Lemnos' Matron Grace Wilson would later serve after the war).
Stanley enlisted in the AIF in November 1914 and was appointed to the 2nd Australian General Hospital. Later he would be transferred to the largely South Australian-raised 1st Australian Stationary Hospital and would come join it at its East Mudros location on Lemnos on 26th April 1915. Here he would see installed an X-Ray machine and seventy electric lights powered by a new generator - serving the patients at the hospital, who sometimes rose to number 400. Stanley was known as the "AIF radiologist" and had been one of the pioneers of this new technology in Australia, working as the radiologist at the Alfred Hospital prior to his enlistment.
Stanley served in Egypt and France, returning to Australia in 1917 and resuming his position at the Alfred Hospital.
Entering Victorian politics as the member for the electorate of Toorak in 1920, Stanley would serve as Victoria's Premier from 1932 until 1935.
In so doing, Stanley is the only Gallipoli campaign veteran to have led a State Government in Australia.
Another Gallipoli veteran - Stanley Melbourne Bruce - would serve as Australia's Prime Minister - but he served with the British Army and not the Australian forces during the campaign.
Another important connection between Australia's Anzac story and Lemnos.

Jim Claven
Secretary, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Monday, 14 January 2019

Dunkeld and Lemnos ... Another Lemnos connection in Victoria

Dunkeld War Memorial, Victoria. Photo Lee Tarlamis 2019

Recently our President, Lee Tarlamis OAM, made a visit to the central Victorian country town of Dunkeld.
At Dunkeld Lee came across its War Memorial and special dedication to Australia's WW1 submarine, the AE2. the AE2 is famous for having been the first Allied naval vessel to have breached the Turkish defences at the narrows in the Dardanelles. After an engagement, the submarine was scuttled to ensure it didn't fall into enemy hands and the crew went into captivity for the rest of the war.
Dunkeld War Memorial detail. Photo Lee Tarlamis 2019
One of those crew members was Stoker Michael Williams, born in Dunkeld in 1894.
What is not so well known is that the AE2 has a strong connection to Lemnos.
Firstly, the submarine sailed in one of the convoys which would ultimately bring the Australian troops to Lemnos.
Secondly, the submarine itself came to Lemnos prior to the landings on 25th April, and no doubt its crew looked out on the Island and the villages across its shores.
And finally, the submarine would sail from the port of Mudros on its journey to the Dardanelles that would see it pass the narrows.
It is also true that those crew members who survived Turkish captivity - sadly not Michael - would be released following the signing of the Armistice of Mudros at Lemnos in October 1918.
This demonstrates again the Hellenic link to Anzac, connecting local Australian communities and their Anzac history to the Greek Island of Lemnos.
Below are some of the photos taken by Lee of the Dunkeld Memorial.

Jim Claven
Secretary, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee