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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

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial Service - Victorian Parliamentary Statement by MLC Georgie Crozier

Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial 4th annual service, 10th August 2019. Photo Jim Claven 2019
The following statement was made in the Victorian Parliament's Legislative Council today (Tuesday, 13th August 2019) by the MLC for Southern Metropolitan, Ms Georgie Crozier., Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council:

"Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan): Last Saturday I joined my colleagues Mr Neil Angus and the Honourable Robin Scott from the Assembly and Ms Nina Taylor from this place at the commemorative service at the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial at Lemnos Square in Albert Park. Despite it being a very chilly Melbourne winter morning, we were reminded of the conditions that our servicemen and the Australian nurses who served in the Gallipoli campaign had to endure day after day, year after year. Lemnos played a strategic part for the 50 000 Anzac soldiers prepared for the landings. It was where they were able to rest after battle and where they were cared for by nurses who put their hand up to also serve our great nation. The sacrifice and service that Australian men and women gave to our country to ensure that we all enjoy the freedoms we have today should never be forgotten.
Those who spoke at the service gave various accounts of the strong Anzac connections of Lemnos and how Lemnos played a major part in the First World War. It was Lemnos which was the location of Australia’s hospitals and where 130 nurses served, caring for those servicemen ill and wounded who had returned from the horrors of the battlefield of Gallipoli. The generosity of the people of Lemnos, who welcomed the Anzacs, should not be forgotten also. The ties of Greece and Australia remain strong and welcoming today and give rise to the great multicultural community we have in Melbourne. I would like to acknowledge all of those involved in putting together this year’s commemorative service and their ongoing work to ensure awareness of Lemnos’s role in the Gallipoli campaign. Lest we forget."
Official representatives at the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial 4th annual service, 10th August 2019. Ms Taylor at left, Ms Crozier second from left, Mr Taylor fifth from left and Mr Scott sixth from left. Photo Jim Claven 2019

Jim Claven
Secretary - Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committe

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Lemnos & Gallipoli Revealed – A Pictorial History of the Anzacs in the Aegean 1915-16 - Released

The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee is proud to announce its publication of historian Jim Claven’s major new definitive account of Greece’s role in Australia’s Gallipoli story.
The Committee commissioned Mr Claven to write and prepare this important new addition to the literature linking Australia and Greece. The Committee is excited by this essential and long over-due addition to the literature of Australia’s Gallipoli story and to the link between Australia and Greece.
The 350 page larger format book features lavish reproductions of over 300 photographs taken by the Anzacs themselves as they came to Lemnos’ shores in 1915-16 during the Gallipoli campaign, the vast majority of which have never before been published.
The photographs reveal the intimate nature of this coming together of Australians and Greeks for the first time on Greek soil. They capture the arrival of the Anzacs on Lemnos, the transformation of the Island into an armed camp, the establishment of its soldiers’ rest camps, field hospitals and supply bases and other infrastructure.
But most importantly they reveal the interaction of these young Australians with local villagers - locals being tended in the Australian hospitals, the Anzacs traversing the Island visiting its kafenios, thermal baths, local churches and villages.
Photograph from the collection of Corporal Albert Savage, Fryer Library, University of Queensland.
These photographs are placed in context with the words of the diggers and nurses themselves, including Matron Grace Wilson and Staff Nurse Lucy Daw of the 3rd Australian General Hospital and many more, describing in their own words how they experienced this beautiful Aegean island of relative peace in a sea of war. In these letters, diaries and memoirs, the Anzacs wrote of their experience of Greece and their affection for the villagers who welcomed them.
Photograph from the collection of Staff Nurse Evelyn Hutt, State Library of Victoria.
The book also tells the story of the war cemeteries that were created on Lemnos, of the young Australians buried there, and how this Anzac legacy has been remembered in both countries.
And it features original maps (see above), drawn by the author, revealing the key sites connected with the Anzacs on Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign. The book’s reproduction of historic images is enhanced by the inclusion of some of Mr Claven’s contemporary full colour photographs of Lemnos and its Anzac connection.
A trained historian with both Bachelor and Masters Degrees from Melbourne’s Monash University, Mr Claven brings a wealth of experience to the project. He has been researching the Hellenic link to Anzac since 2011, combining academic research with extensive field trips to the sites connected with the Anzacs on Lemnos, Imbros, Tenedos as well as Gallipoli itself and beyond.
Mr Claven with descendants of Matron Grace Wilson of the 3rd Australian General Hospital, near the site of its location in 1915-16, during the Centenary of Anzac commemorations on Lemnos in April 2015.
He has already published many articles (including in the Melbourne Shrine’s Remembrance magazine, the State Library of Victoria’s La Trobe Journal, the UK's Gallipolian and that of the Hellenic Navy in Greece). He has delivered many presentations on the topic – from the Athens War Museum, on Lemnos and throughout Australia.
The book is priced at $80 (plus postage and packaging), with proceeds from the sale being dedicated to furthering the Committee’s work in commemorating the Hellenic link to Anzac, including creating Lemnos’ Gallipoli Heritage Trail.

Book Presentation at the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial Event

The book is now available, after its presentation as part of the recent Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial commemorative service held on Saturday 10th August 2019 at Lemnos Square, Albert Park.

Media Reports

Click here to listen to my interview (in both the Greek and English language) about the book with SBS Radio's Pano Apostolou.
Click here to read a short article on the book (here) and my interview about the book with Eugenia Pavlopoulou from Neos Kosmos (here), in the Greek language.


“… An authoritative and well-researched history of this important but little appreciated aspect of Australia's Anzac story, vividly brought to life in the photographs and words of the Anzacs themselves. Highly recommended...” - Dr Peter Ewer, author Forgotten Anzacs (2016)

“… Reveals the story of Lemnos and the Anzacs in all its aspects, from the ships assembled in Mudros Bay, through the field hospitals and rest camps established on the island, to the meeting of these young Australians with their local hosts. … a beautiful photographic history.” - Colonel Jan McCarthy (Ret), ARRC, President of the Returned Nurses Sub-Branch, RSL (Victorian Branch).

How to obtain your copy 

If you are unable to attend the event, you can order your copy(ies) by completing the order form (download here) and returning to the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee President, Mr Lee Tarlamis OAM.
For postage and packaging charges (including for overseas), please contact Mr Tarlamis direct via email:

Jim Claven
Secretary, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Monday, 22 July 2019

Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial Annual Service - 11am, 10th August 2019 - Lemnos Square, Albert Park - All Welcome

Announcement from our Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee with details for our forthcoming annual service at the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial at lemnos square in Albert Park. All welcome.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

From Lemnos to Salonika – Kew Rotary Club Presentation and Lunch - 2nd May 2019

Come along, enjoy a lunch and hear my presentation on Lemnos' link to the Gallipoli campaign and Australia's Anzac tradition, including as the location for the negotiation and signing of the armistice which ended the First World War in the east.
I will also make reference to the Australian soldiers and nurses who went on to serve on the Salonika Front from 1915 until the end of the war (a role recognised on Kew’s War Memorial), including Ballarat’s Sister Grace Munro.
This connection would continue into WW2 with the arrival of thousands of Australian soldiers – as well as nurses – to take part in the defence of Greece.
Finally he will outline current work in promoting the development of Greece’s new Anzac Commemorative Trail.

Where: Kew Golf Club
When: 12.30 for 12.45pm sharp, Thursday, 2nd May 2019
Tickets - $30 (including lunch).

RSVP Tuesday, 30th April 2019

Bookings: Contact George Verginis (Kew Rotary) on 0417 542 224 or via email at

Please make payment by direct deposit to the Rotary Club of Kew (Inc)
Please include your Surname in the Description
Bank: Bendigo & Adelaide BSB: 633 000 A/C No: 125381590

Jim Claven
Secretary, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Lemnos Commemorative Services for April 2019 Announced and More

Members and supporters are advised of the following commemorative events that have been scheduled for 2019:

Saturday 20th April 2019: ANZAC Commemorative Services on Lemnos
This year’s commemorations will take place on Saturday, 20th April 2019, with services commencing at Portianos Military Cemetery at 10.30am. The service at Portianos will include a memorial and wreath laying service and will conclude at approximately 11.00am. These will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial to Brigadier Stephen Saunders and a visit to the Portianou Folklore Museum. Services will re-commence at Mudros at 4.00pm with a flower laying ceremony at the Australian Pier memorial, north of Mudros. There may also be a short service at the Memorial at Mudros Pier. These will be followed by a memorial and wreath laying service at East Mudros Military Cemetery, commencing at 4.30pm. This ceremony will be followed by a presentation and music program at the Moudros Cultural Centre, commencing 5.30pm.
The annual services will conclude with a tour and presentation on Lemnos and the Hellenic Air Force operations in the First World War by retired Major General Diogenes Tsipouridis.
I will be representing our Committee at the commemorations. Please let us know if you are intending to attend the services. For further information contact me on:
Thursday, 25th April - 6.00am:Dawn Service and Presentation - Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL, 95 Drummond Street Oakleigh
The Dawn Service will include wreath Laying, followed by breakfast at the RSL and the presentation at 12 noon by Jim Claven (Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee) and Clare O’Neil (MP for Hotham) of Albert Savage's iconic 1915 photograph of the Australian nurses arriving on Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign. All welcome. For further information please contact Jim Claven:

Thursday, 2nd May 2019 - 12.45pm for 1pm start: From Lemnos to Salonika: The Hellenic Link to Australia’s Anzac Tradition, Presentation by Jim Claven at Kew Rotary, Kew Golf Club
The cost for this event is $30 and includes lunch. All welcome but bookings essential. For further information please contact Jim Claven:

Saturday 10th August 2019 - 11.00am: 4th Annual Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Service
Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial, Lemnos Square, Albert Park. Service will include keynote address and laying of wreaths. For those seeking to lay a wreath or for other information please contact Jim Claven:

Thursday 31st October 2019 - 11.30am: 101st Anniversary of the Signing of the Mudros Armistice Commemorative Service, Sanctuary of the Shrine of Remembrance
This service will include the laying of wreaths and will be preceded by a tree plaque dedicated ceremony in the Shrine grounds. More details will be provided closer to the event. For further information please contact Jim Claven:

Book Launch - Lemnos and Gallipoli Revealed by Jim Claven.
The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee is proud to announce the forthcoming launch of its new major historical publication written by our Secretary. This will be an important opportunity to commemorate Lemnos' important role in Australia's Gallipoli story. This will be launched later in 2019 at a date and location to be announced. For further information please contact Jim Claven:

Other Events
Members and supporters may also be interested to attend the following:

Sunday 14th April - 2.00pm: Anzac Commemorative Service for Nurses – Australian Nurses Memorial Centre, 431 St Kilda Road Melbourne
This Commemorative Service will honour Victorian and other nurses who have made sacrifices of life and health, both in times of peace and war. It will be supported by the 305 Army Cadet Corps 5/6 RVP and the Keytones Choir. Following the Service, afternoon tea will be served at the Centre. For more information contact Arlene Bennett on 0419 527 273.
Tuesday, 30th April - 7.30pm: Anzacs in the Peloponnese – The Search for the Last Bridge, Presentation by Jim Claven.
Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street Northcote. Sponsored by the Pan Korinthian Association of Melbourne & Victoria. Free - All welcome. For further information please contact Jim Claven:

Lee Tarlamis
President, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Lemnos' Egyptian Pier - Where Albert Jacka left Lemnos

The view from the Egyptian Pier, the Australian Pier in the distance. Photo Jim Claven 2018
Last year our Committee - with the support of the Victorian State Government and authorities on Lemnos - unveiled a special plaque at the site of Australian Pier. This pier was erected by Australian troops in March 1915, one of the first major pieces of infrastructure to be constructed by the Allies on the Island. And it remains there to this day.
Just to the north of the Australian Pier is the location of another imported piece of Lemnos' Gallipoli campaign history. For here lies the remains of the Egyptian Pier, so called because it was constructed by some of the hundreds of Egyptian labourers who volunteered to come to Lemnos during the campaign to work as part of the British Army's Egyptian Labour Corps.
The remains of this pier are also significant for Australians. After the evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula in December 1915, thousands of Australian and other Allied troops came to Lemnos and its camps for a few days or weeks rest and recuperation before their departure for Alexandria and other battle fronts.
The soldiers of the Colonel John Monash's Australian 4th Brigade were camped in the East Mudros area rather than at the other major camps on the Island at Sarpi and West Mudros. These troops included Sergeant Albert Jacka who had been awarded Australia's first Victoria Cross of the war and Ernie Hill who would survive the war and successfully lobby government for the creation of a new soldier settlement near Shepparton in north eastern Victoria and new it Lemnos.
Egyptian Pier, 1915. James Edward McPhee Collection, State Library of Victoria.
After celebrating Christmas on Lemnos, these soldiers began their departure from the Island by marching down to the Egyptian Pier where they boarded lighters or barges to take them out to the troopships anchored in Mudros Bay that would take them to Egypt.
Little remains of the Egyptian Pier but the stones which formed its core structure are still there, leading off from the shore into the bay.
It would be great to mark this important pier - built by the Egyptian Labour Corps during the Gallipoli campaign as part of Advanced Base for the campaign and the site from where the Australians camped at East Mudros in December made their final departures from the Island they had come to know so well.
Such a commemorative marker would complement the others on Lemnos, especially the Australian Pier, and add to its growing Anzac Trail.

Jim Claven
Secretary, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

The Armistice of Mudros Story - The Gallipolian (UK)

The latest edition of the UK-based The Gallipolian magazine has published my historical article on the signing of the Armistice of Mudros at Lemnos in October 1918.
A version of this article had also been published in the Greek language in the Hellenic Navy Journal.
It is great to bring this story to a wider audience.
You can read and download the relevant pages by clicking on the links below:
Claven - Armistice - Gallipolian - 148 Winter 2018 1
Claven - Armistice - Gallipolian - 148 Winter 2018 2
Claven - Armistice - Gallipolian - 148 Winter 2018 3
Claven - Armistice - Gallipolian - 148 Winter 2018 4
Claven - Armistice - Gallipolian - 148 Winter 2018 5
Claven - Armistice - Gallipolian - 148 Winter 2018 6
Claven - Armistice - Gallipolian - 148 Winter 2018 7
The Gallipolian is published by the UK-based Gallipoli Associaion. They welcome new members and I urge anyone interested in the Gallipoli campaign to do so. Membership enquiries to:
Jim Claven
Secretary, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee