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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, 21 December 2013

Lemnos Anzac Conference Report 2013

The Committee is glad to release the formal Report of our successful Anzac Conference held on Lemnos in July 2013.
Jointly organised by the Lemnos Municipality and the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, the Conference was held at Portianou Cultural Centre in the historic village of Portianou, on the western shores of Mudros Bay. Nearby to the Australian and New Zealand Rest Camps at Sarpi and the Australian Hospitals on the Turks Head Peninsula - as well as the resting place of many Anzacs in Portianou Cemetery - this was a fitting location for the first Anzac Conference on Lemnos.
The Conference theme was Lemnos and the Centenary of Anzac 2015 - Our Shared History. The Conference attracted speakers and participants from Australia, throughout Greece, Turkey and many local Lemnians.
Opened with speeches by our President Lee Tarlamis, MP, the Mayor of Lemnos, Mr Chatzidiamantis, and the Vice Admiral Theodosiou of the Hellenic Navy - amongst other addresses and welcomes, the centrepiece of the Conference was a number of academic addresses made by historians who travelled to Lemnos and the Conference for this purpose. Apart from myself, these were Dr John Yiannakis and Ms Sibel Baykut. These speeches are reproduced in full, along with the images displayed as part of each presentation.
Other key speakers included Committee founder the Hon John Pandazopoulos MP and Mr Stelios Mantzaris of Varos Village Hotel, a strong supporter of our Lemnos Gallipoli project.
The official Conference Report contains the background to the Conference, all major addresses and reports on the decisions and outcomes of the Conference. The latter included:
  • the formation of the Lemnos Friends of Anzac
  • the development or enhancement of Lemnos' Anzac trail
  • the aim of enhancing access to a number of Lemnos' anzac sites
  • a commitment to create a photographic display on the Island to the Lemnos Gallipoli link
  • that the Lemnos Anzac Conference be a regular event on the Island; and,
  • linking schools and the education communities on the Island and in Australia to research, publicize and promote understanding of this important cultural and historical link between Greece and Australia.
The Conference concluded with a full day historical commemorative tour of Lemnos' Anzac and other key historic sites led by myself.

A copy of the official Lemnos Anzac Conference Report 2013 can be viewed by clicking here.
The Committee thanks all who took the time to attend and participate in the Conference - and especially the Municipality of Lemnos for is active support and generous welcome to their beautiful northern Aegean Island.

In particular we would thank Mr Demetri Boulotis, Deputy Mayor of Lemnos for his support and generosity. He has been a strong supporter and promoter of Lemnos' link with Anzac. We thank him for all his efforts in working with us and look forward to working with him in the future to make our projects and plans a reality for the benefit of Lemnos, its people and Australia.
We hope that all interested in Lemnos and its link to Australia, Anzac and Gallipoli, will enjoy reading the report of the Conference.

Jim Claven
Secretary, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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