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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

Saturday, 25 July 2015

The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt - George Petrou paintings exhibition

Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee member and supporter, George Petrou, has launched an exhibition of some of his great paintings inspired by the famous portrait photographs of diggers found only a few years ago in France by Australian investigative report Ross Coulthart.. The images were found hidden in trunks in the attic of a French farmhouse.

These unique photographs have been subject of a television documentary and have been reproduced in Ross' excellent publication - The Lost Digger's. As General Peter Cosgrove, AC, MC, Former Chief of Defence Force and Governor-General has said:
"It's a treasure trove. It's previously unknown, candid images of troops just out of the line. men with fear and experiences of the battle written on their faces."
For more information on Ross' book, click here.
George has created a series of paintings based on some of the most iconic of these photographs. The exhibition is George's latest interpretation in canvas from this archive of ANZAC images.
The exhibition was beautifully curated and displayed, with Ross Coulthart as guest speaker.
The exhibition is being hosted by Crowe Howarth (part of Findex), Australia's leading financial advisory and accounting group.
Thanks to Terry Paule for his support in making this exhibition a reality.
Below are some of the pages from the exhibition  brochure which explain the stories behind these great paintings:

George Petrou and myself at the exhibition. 2015
George Petrou
George is a well-known Melbourne graphic designer and artist. He has been an active supporter of our Committee and has also created a series of original paintings commemorating Lemnos' role in the Anzac story. Sales of these paintings contribute to our fundraising for our Lemnos Gallipoli projects. If you are interested in contacting George and purchasing any of his paintings, contact me on

Jim Claven
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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