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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

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Lemmos - The Other Side of Gallipoli 1915 - Presentation - And Further Events

Dean Lee CEO Shrine of Remembrance, myself and Lee Tarlamis, Secretary, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee. Photo Jim Claven 2015

It was my pleasure to deliver a presentation recounting the story of Lemnos' link to Anzac today at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance.

Photo John Pandazopoulos 2015
My presentation told the story in the words and photographs of the Anzac's themselves. It highlighted:
  • How the Anzac's experienced Lemnos' ancient and recent history as they walk the Island in 1915.
  • Why it was chosen as the forward base for the Gallipoli campaign and how it was used to prepare for the landings.
  • How the diggers sailed from Lemnos and Imbros on their voyage to the landings at Anzac Cove on the 25th April 1915.
  • The Hellenic connection to Gallipoli, including the Anzac's of Hellenic background that fought at Gallipoli, such as Private's Giorgios Pappas and Peter Rados, the Greek Labour Corps who supported the Allies by building the infrastructure of the campaign and supplying the Allied soldiers on the peninsula and Pavlos Gyparos and the Greek volunteers who took part in the August Offensive.
  • The Anzac Camp at Sarpi and the Australian Hospitals on the Turks Head peninsula.
  • The service of the Australian nurses on Lemnos, under the leadership of Matron Grace Wilson.
  •  Some of the stories of the 148 diggers who remain buried on Lemnos.
  • The support of the local Lemnian and other Hellenes for the Allies
  • The interaction of the Anzacs - nurses and soldiers - with the local population and their experience of Hellenic culture.
  • How Lemnos was remembered in Australia - including the establishment of Lemnos town outside of Shepparton in North-East Victoria - and how the Lemnians continue to commemorate the Anzac and Gallipoli campaign.
  • And how a number of Anzacs who served on Lemnos in 1915 returned to Greece - to serve in the Salonikia Front (1915-18), as humanitarian aid workers after 1922 and to defend Greece in 1941 in the 2nd Anzac Corps.
  • Finally, I explained the work of our Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, the erection of our new Memorial in Albert Park, our Photographic Exhibition and our continuing work to promote awareness of Lemnos and the Greek connection to Anzac across both world wars.
I also urged any present who have family memorabilia connected to Australia's Anzac heritage - especially that concerning Greece - to consider donating it to a public institution (such as State Libraries) for its preservation and future accessibility to descendants and researchers

It was great to meet even more descendants of nurses, other medical staff and diggers at the presentation.

Thanks to John Pandazopoulos for coming and taking some of these photographs of the presentation.

Photo John Pandazopoulos 2015
Thanks to Dean Lee, Leonie Pratt and all at the Shrine for their support.
And thanks to all those who attended the presentation.
Photo John Pandazopoulos 2015



If you missed my presentation, you are invited to my next presentation at 5.30pm on Thursday 22nd October at the Nurses Memorial Centre,Suite 11, 431 St Kilda Road, Melbourne  - who have been proud supporters of our Memorial project. 
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One of the images from our exhibition. Photograph Jim Claven 2015


Come and see our Lemnos Gallipoli Photographic Exhibition, hosted by the Nurses Memorial Centre,Suite 11, 431 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
This exhibition showcases forty of the most important images from the photographic record of Lemnos' role in Australian's Anzac story.
This photographic archive is located in collections across the globe, including many in Australia’s war memorials and state libraries and private collections. It consists of literally thousands of images – detailing the experience of the Anzacs and the Allies on this vital Island in Aegean. Historian and Secretary of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, Mr. Jim Claven, has selected these images based on his extensive research of the Lemnos link to Anzac and placed in historical context in the exhibition’s accompanying booklet.
Those selected have been sourced from various collections in both Australian and overseas and feature the photographs taken by the Anzac's themselves as well as by other famous Allied official photographers. Amongst others, it features the work of AW Savage, an Australian soldier with the 3rd Australian General Hospital, Philip Schuler, one of Australia’s war correspondents at Gallipoli and Ernest Brookes, the British official war photographer.
All images are in the highest resolution and beautifully framed.This is an important exhibition for all interest in gaining a deeper and little known understanding of Australia’s Centenary of Anzac and its Hellenic links.
The exhibition will be on display during the opening hours of the Centre; Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm.
Contact the Centre for further information: +61 3 9866 3756

Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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