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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 4 April2015
NEWS 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2015 Judge Emilios Kyrou receives highest honour The Greek Embassy celebrated Greek Independence Day last week, with a traditional gathering at the Ambassador of Greece's residence in Canberra. A number of guests attended the celebration, including Australian politicians Hon. Nickolas Varvaris MP, Maria Vamvakinou and Melissa Parke, along with various other diplomats and representatives of the community. A ceremony followed, honouring distinguished members of the Greek Australian community, including an award of great merit bestowed upon Judge Emilios Kyrou of the Victorian Supreme Court. Federal MP Nickolas Varvaris and chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group Greece-Australia also addressed those present, recognising the long and close relationship between the two countries. Master builder of replica ships Dionyssis Paraskevatos was also recognised for his generous donation to the embassy of a hand-made trireme, followed by the opening of George Raftopoulos' exhibition 'An Unconventional Dreamer'. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Lemnos Gallipoli photo exhibition a success A unique photographic exhibition was launched last weekend, in honour of Lemnos' role during the Gallipoli campaign. Housed at the Thessaloniki Association community hall, the exhibition consists of 40 photographs taken by Anzac and other Allied soldiers on the island of Lemnos during the war period. Also exhibited on the night were a number of original paintings by Melbourne artist and graphic designer George Petrou. Featuring some of the wellknown diggers and nurses in Lemnos during the campaign, in addition to village scenes from the island, the works are a result of the artist’s own interpretations from the Lemnos Anzac archive. Officially opened by ConsulGeneral of Greece Christina Simantiraki, attendees were then addressed by the president of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, Lee Tarlamis, who went on to explain the role of the committee. Victorian Supreme Court Judge Emilios Kyrou awarded for his achievements by Australia’s Ambassador of Greece Haris Dafaranos. The funds raised will go towards the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert and the proposed historical publication, which will see the firsttime publication of various photographs from the period. According to the exhibition's curator and secretary of the committee, Jim Claven, one the greatest features of the night was the presence of a number of people whose family members served in A number of committee members and dignitaries attended the event. Lemnos or Thessaloniki during the First World War. The launch saw a great turnout, including the presence of former MP John Pandazopoulos and mayor of the City of Yarra Phillip Vlahogiannis. Over the next few weeks the exhibition will remain at the community hall, following which it will travel to various locations, including the City of Yarra. To organise a time to view the exhibition, email Paul Mavroudis at paulmav@tpg. com.au Lance Corporal Albert Jacka, VC, on Lemnos in 1915, by George Petrou (2015). Outrage over Ataturk’s monument in Sydney The Armenian Youth Federation of Australia expressed its outrage at the recent unveiling of a monument at Sydney's Hyde Park in honour of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Dionyssis Paraskevatos and the hand-made trireme donated to the embassy. It claims Kemal Ataturk was responsible for the mass-murder and forced death marches of ethnic minorities living in Turkey, as well as those Turkish citizens who opposed his dictatorship during the early 20th century. The federation says that on April 17th 1997, the New South Wales government passed a resolution acknowledging the crimes against the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian minorities that occurred between 1915-1923 as genocide. "The fact that a monument to a genocide perpetrator has been erected next to the holy shrine of a war memorial dedicated to the heroism of our Anzac soldiers is extremely unfitting and unacceptable," it states.
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