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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

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Lemnos Gallipoli Committee Presentations in Thessaloniki

Photo Christina Despoteris 2016

Last week two significant presentations were made in Thessaloniki on behalf of the Lemmnos Gallipli Commemorative Committee.
Our Vice-president, Ms Christina Despoteris, presented two specially produced commemorative posters on our Committee's behalf to the City of Thessaloniki (represented by the Mayor Mr Boutaris - pictured above - and the Council President Mr Avramopoulos) and the Director of the Thessaloniki war Museum, Colonel Tzirides (pictured below).
The posters had been prepared by myself. The poster for the City of Thessaloniki reproduced one of the iconic photos taken during the Salonika campaign in WW1. Taken by the British photographer, the photograph depicts the White Tower. The poster for the War Museum was special created, reproducing many of the photographs taken of Lemnos in 1915 by the Anzacs.
We hope these two commemorative posters will be displayed in Thessaloniki as a reminder of the Anzac's in Greece and of our work in cooperation with local authorities.
Photo Christina Despoteris 2016

Ms Despoteris took the opportunity to visit the excellent displays at the War Museum, including those relating to WW1. Following discussions with Colonel Tsirides, she reported that the War Museum in Thessaloniki is keen to discuss future joint activities between our Committee and themselves to commemorate the Anzac connection to Greece.
While in Thessaloniki, Ms Despoteris also visited the Merimna Pontion Kirion or Pontus Women's Welfare Organisation in Thessaloniki (pictured below) to discuss the work of Melbourne's George Devine Treloar Memorial Committee as well as the work of the Thessaloniki Association "The White Tower". While there the ladies of the Kirion were able to crochet some "white flowers" as part of the Thessaloniki Associations current White Tower project. Thanks to Melbourne's Litsa Athanasiadis for organising this visit.
Below pictured from left are Ms Artemis Karanika-Kouma (Honorary President Merimna Pontion Kirion), Christina Despoteris, Ms Sotiria Stefanidou (Treasurer) and Ms Ekaterini Sariyianni-Stafilidou (Executive Member).
Photo Christina Despoteris 2016

A big thank you to Christina for taking the time to make these presentations.

Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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