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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

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Invitiation - Lemnos Commemoration Dawn Service - 6am, 4th March 2015, Sydney Cenotaph

On 4th March 1915, the first Anzacs landed on the Aegean Island of Lemnos to prepare for the  landings at Gallipoli.

This comprised the 3rd Infantry Brigade, an engineer company, a field ambulance, a casualty clearing station, a brigades transport and part of a field bakery.
These were the first of 50,000 Australian soldiers and nurses who would come to Lemnos and Gallipoli in the ten months of this long and bloody campaign.
Lemnos would be transformed into the major base for the Gallipoli campaign - its safe and large harbour where the Allied armada assembled, one of the key supply bases, the location of key medical services, including Australian field hospitals, the great Anzac Rest Camp at Sarpi and the place were 148 Australians lie buried in its two commonwealth war cemeteries.

To commemorate the landing of the first Anzacs, a special dawn service will be held at the Sydney Cenotaph, Martin Place, 6am, Wednesday, 4th March 2015.
This is the first commemoration of the landing on Lemnos - and hopefully the first of many in Australia.
Congratulations to the Sydney and NSW Lemnian Community for organizing this important event.
If you can attend, please do.
To download the Media Release, please click here.

Jim Claven 
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Other Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Events planned for Sydney in 2015:
Tuesday 24 February — 24 May 2015
Photographic Display — State Library of New South Wales
Lemnos 1915: Then & Now combines images of contemporary Lemnos with eyewitness photographs taken from 1915 to reveal a unique perspective. Photographs by Cheryl Ward & Bernard de Broglio combined with images from the State Library’s First World War collection. (Free event)
Tuesday 3 March — 22 March 2015
Photographic Exhibition: Kogarah Council, ‘Life Away from the Trenches’
Venue: Kogarah Library.
Wednesday 4 March 2015
Dawn service at 6.00am, Cenotaph Martin Place, to commemorate 100 years that the first Anzacs stepped on Lemnos. Public welcome to attend the service
Thursday 5 March 2015
Art Gallery of NSW and Lemnos1915 present a lecture: “The Lemnians – Ancient Amazons of Lemnos to the Anzac Nurses of WW1”, inspired by the Sir William Russell Flint painting circa 1924 held by the Art Gallery NSW collection. A reproduction of the painting will be delivered to Lemnos by the RAN Frigate Anzac on its commemorative journey to Gallipoli. Free.
Saturday 7 March 2015
Sydney Lyceum commemorates Lemnos1915 with performances by international Lyceum groups from Lemnos and Kavala, UNSW Theatre (Ticketed event. To purchase tickets, please call 0466 217 088 or 0414 365 520)
Thursday 12 March — 22 March 2015
Photographic Exhibition: ‘Australia and Lemnos forever connected’
Venue: Rockdale Town Hall Exhibition. To honour the Anzac buried on Lemnos from Rockdale –- Alfred Smith
Saturday 14 March 2015
Lemnian Association of Australia combined Dance (Ticketed event. To purchase tickets please contact Con Havas 0410 421 943)
Close of special program
Sunday 15 March 2015
Through These Lines: Towards Lemnos 1915 by Cheryl Ward -– theatrical production about nurses on Lemnos. Venue: The Factory, Newtown (Ticketed event. To purchase tickets, please call 9550 3666)
Thursday 26 March — 25 April 2015
Photographic Exhibition: Strathfield Council. Venue: Homebush Library.
To honour the Anzac buried on Lemnos from Strathfield – Francis Reynolds Cowdery
Sunday 19 April — 29 April 2015
Photographic Exhibition: Anzac Soldiers & Nurses – Life on Lemnos images from the AW Savage Collection State Library of NSWpresented by Marrickville Council and Lemnos1915 as part of the “Marrickville Remembers” Commemoration. Stroll the streets of Marrickville where images of wwi will be displayed in Marrickville shops. In honour of Marrickville Anzac buried on Lemnos – Arthur Witt
Friday 23 October — 24 November 2015
Photographic Exhibition: Waverley Library Gallery
For additional Lemnos1915 events please see
Thanks to Lemnos1915, Lemnos Association of NSW’s Commemorative Program for the Centenary of ANZAC. The aim of ‘Lemnos1915’ is to raise awareness of the role that Lemnos and its inhabitants played in the Gallipoli campaign.

Jim Claven 
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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