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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

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Anzac Girls - The Real Photos

Australian nurses in tent war, 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos, 1915. AWM

For all those watching the great new ABC TV drama series, Anzac Girls, you'll be glad to know that they have based a lot of the story and the images shown on the actual story and photographs taken by the Anzac soldiers and nurses on Lemnos in 1915.
This page reproduces some of the images that resonate with scenes in the series.
Australian nurses enjoying the sights, Egypt. 1915. AWM
Sister Alice Ross King and Captain Harry Moffat, Egypt, 1915. ABC
Regimental piper Archibald Monk pipes the nurses of the 3rd Australian General Hospital on to the Turks Head peninsula, Lemnos 9 August 1915. Matron Grace Wilson and Lt Col Dick in the lead. AWM

Tent lines, 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos 1915. AWM

Sisters mess and kitchen, 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos 1915. Albert Savage Collection and AWM
Sick nurses from the 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos 1915. AWM
Nurses on donkeys, 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos 1915. AWM
Wedding of Staff Nurse Clarise Daley and Sergeant Ernest Lawrence, Lemnos 1915. AWM
Anzac soldiers and nurses enjoy a coffee in the local kafenion, most likely Portianos, Lemnos, 1915. Albert Savage Collection
Group of medical officers and nurses of 3rd Australian General Hospital staff, Egypt. Matron Grace Wilson centre seated, 1916. AWM

Matron Grace Wilson does a round of the 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos 1915. AWM
Sister Ida Mockridge and Staff Nurse Kit McNaughton (right) on Lemnos 1915. Both served with the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital on the Island. AWM
Staff  Nurse Clarice Daley and another nurse on Lemnos, 1915. Reproduced from Katrina Heddith, Lemnos 1915.
Sister Evelyn Davies enjoys a donkey ride on Lemnos, 1915. AWM
Example of the pocket camera's used by nurses and soldiers during the First World War. This one was owned by Private Virgoe of the 4th Light Horse Regiment and is inscribed with the names of all the places he served at, including Lemnos (and Imbros), 1915 (see below). AWM

The ABC has also established a web story, backgrounding the history of the Australian nurses in WW1, including on Lemnos, to read it click here.
It's great to see Lemnos has finally been recognised in this major drama series. We hope it will spur greater interest in Lemnos' role in Australia's Anzac legend and support for fitting commemorations of this in Australia, Lemnos and Greece.
Thank you to the ABC for making this wonderful drama series.
Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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