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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, 30 June 2016

New Chinese Anzacs resources - Lemnos' Trooper Billy Sing remembered

Last year, as part of the Centenary of Anzac, Melbourne's Chinese Museum produced an innovative exhibition on the role of Australia's Chinese community in the Anzac story of WW1.The re-discovery of these stories provides a great opportunity to expand awareness of a fuller story of Australia's diggers and an opportunity to expand awareness of Australia's Anzac story to our Chinese-Australian community.
Trooper Billy Sing and Lemnos
The famous sniper of Gallipoli, Queenslander Billy Sing.
Over 200 Chinese Australians served in WW1.One of those was Trooper William "Billy" Sing, the son of a Chinese-born father and English-born mother. Born and raised in Queensland, Billy would serve with the 5th Australian Light Horse and become Australia's most effective sniper during the Gallipoli campaign. He also came to Lemnos - receiving medical treatment there for illness during the Gallipoli campaign. During his stay on Lemnos in July he is reported to have enjoyed the benefits of local food - purchasing chickens, eggs, eggplant and tomatoes from the local villagers. He survived Gallipoli and went on to serve in France, be Mentioned-in-Despatches, be awarded the Distinquished Conduct Medal and the Belgian Croix de Guerre. A famous Anzac indeed.

A number of resources are now available.
Chinese Anzac's Booklet
The Australian War Memorial and Australian Department of Veterans Affairs has produced a 43 page booklet and CD with the involvement of the History Teachers Association of Victoria that are available for purchase from the AWM bookshop. The booklet includes detailed biographies of the following Chinese Australian Anzacs -The Kong Meng brothers, Benjamin Moy Ling, Hunter Poon, Samuel Tong-Way, The Langtip brothers, Richard Wong, Thomas Hughes, William Ah Chow and Billy Sin.

The booklet can be downloaded by following this link.
Chinese Anzac's Education Resource
Melbourne's Chinese Museum and the History Teachers Association of Victoria with the support of the Australian Department of Veterans affairs has released an educational resources booklet - which includes biographies of some of Australia's Chinese Anzac's. The stories detail the life and services of a number of Anzacs -Benjamin Moy Ling, Caleb James Shang, Richard Wesley Wong, Samuel Tong-Way, The Langtip Brothers, Billy Sing, Hunter Poon and Thomas William ‘Bill’ Ah Chow.
You can download this by following this link.

We hope you find these resources useful.

Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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