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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

Friday, 9 May 2014

Matron Grace Wilson comes to St Kilda Town Hall ... 1934

The strong connection between Lemnos, the Anzacs and the City of Port Philip has recieved an added boost with a great discovery from the the archives of Port Phillip City Council.
In August 1934 the forerunner of Port Philip City Council, St Kilda City Council, invited Matron Grace Wilson to a special function to honour the contribution of women who enlisted for active service in the First World War and who were resident in the City.
Matron Wilson was a guest of honour, along with Sister Norah Lehman.
Sister Lehman had served in Egypt and with the 2nd Australian General Hospital in France, being mentioned in dispatches for her gallantry in the field.
Clearly, the citizens of St Kilda had not forgotten the important contribution of Australia's nurses, as well as those from the local area.
And how fitting to invite Matron Wilson, the former Matron of the 3rd Australian General Hospital on Lemnos, arriving on the Island some 19 years before in August 1915. Matron Wilson returned to Australia and became the Matron of the Alfred Hospital.
Yet another good reason to locate our proposed memorial statue in the City of Port Philip.
Thanks to Sandra Khazam, Cultural Heritage Officer at Port Philip City Council, for bringing this important piece of local history to light. Well done.

Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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