Foundation Committee member and former Minister, the Hon John Pandazopoulos, MP recently visited WA to promote awareness of the Hellenic link to Anzac.
During the visit and presentations to parliamentarians, schools and the WA Hellenic community, John had the pleasure of visitng the WA Hellenic Centre.
One of the important features of the Centre is its Hellenic Honour Board - honouring the service in Australian forces of those Western Australians of Hellenic descent - including those who served in WW1.
- Private Mick Gunellas of the 11th Battalion AIF, born in Perth, who enslisted in 1916 aged 21. He served and was wounded in France. He later served in the RAAF in WW2.
- Private Con Kailis of the 51st Battalion AIF, born in Kastelorizon, Greece, who enlisted at Geraldton in 1917, aged 21. He also served and was wounded in France.
It would be good if the new Hellenic Centre in Melbourne was similarly able to honour those Anzacs of Hellenic descent from Victoria. The Committee has already proposed that the new Melbourne Hellenic Centre concisder displaying some photographs or even paintings commemorating the Hellenic connection to Anzac across WW1 and WW2.
Thanks to John for his work and highlighting this.
Lemnos Gallipoli Commeorative Committee
Below (and above) are some images of the WA Hellenic Centre Honour Board - Photographs by John Pandazopoulos MP, 2014: