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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 April 2015
12 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 APRIL 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM HMAS Success visits Lemnos Memorial taking shape Lieutenant Commander Andrea Argirides will accompany the Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Success docks in Lemnos and Piraeus Lieutenant Commander Andrea Argirides will be in Greece as an interpreter and cultural advisor to support a large Australian Royal Navy delegation on the HMAS Success. The Australian battle tanker will be in Lemnos and Athens to mark the Anzac Centenary services and after reaching the Athenian port will be open to visitors on 24 April from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. Lieutenant Commander Argirides will be joining the Royal Australian Navy in an official capacity, assisting the Chief of Navy and facilitating communications between the Greek and Australian Navy in both Lemnos and Athens. It's Lieutenant Commander Argirides first trip overseas with the Chief of Navy in this capacity, and she says she's honoured to take up the post. "I am honoured and humbled to have been given this amazing opportunity to represent my country, my service and to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC on board of one of our Navy ships at the Port of Piraeus in Athens," she tells Neos Kosmos. "I am very moved by this special privilege to have been selected for such an important role. I am so proud to be an Australian naval officer with Greek Cypriot heritage." It is the first time the HMAS Success has docked on Greek soil since 2005. The tanker carries a crew of 235 and has been deployed in the Middle East region since December 2014, conducting operations under the Combined Maritime Forces and under NATO. The vessel will be part of Greece's numerous commemorative events to mark Anzac Day. A significant Greek and Australian military, government and community presence will be in Lemnos from April 17 to attend the events and mark the special occasion. On Friday, the Australian Embassy unveiled a plaque for Canadian and other Commonwealth World War I nurses at Portianos Commonwealth Cemetery. Today, at 5.00 pm Greek time, a sunset memorial service at Moudros Commonwealth Cemetery will take place, followed by a memorial service on Sunday at 10.45 am at the Portianos Commonwealth Cemetery. A major Greek Australian memorial service will take place on April 20 at 3.30pm at Moudros Port. On Anzac Day (25 April) the official Anzac Day service will take place at the Phaleron Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Athens. Open to all who want to honour the courage and sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women who fought and died on Greek soil, the service will commence at 11.00 am. The statues of a nurse and soldier to make up the Lemnos memorial in Melbourne are almost finished Sculptor Peter Corlett has been working hard at reaching the August deadline for the Lemnos memorial unveiling. The artist has completed both clay life-size models for the memorial which features an Australian nurse stationed at Lemnos and an injured solider. In the final unveiling, the memorial will show the Australian nurse protecting the ill Anzac soldier returned from the peninsula, on top of a rough stone base, reflective of the Lemnian earth. Mr Corlett is now in the process of casting the clay models in bronze to finalise the statues. Lieutenant Commander Andrea Argirides will be a part of the Australian delegation on the HMAS Succes. He will then work on ageing the stone plinth the two statues will stand on to make it look like ancient ruins. Mr Corlett says both statues have been created to show the likeness of real Lemnos nurses and Australian soldiers that he found thanks to photos from the era. The statues will be part of a larger memorial area in Albert Park which will include flagpoles, places for wreaths for commemorative events, and an information stand which will explain the Lemnos Gallipoli connection in detail. The memorial is thanks to the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, which has been fundraising extensively to see the memorial come to fruition. The committee has just recently received permission to build on the site, and has had its permit approved by the Port Philip City Council. The August 8 unveiling will coincide with the date the Australian nurses first arrived in Lemnos 100 years ago. HMAS Success to dock in Greece. PHOTO: NAVY.GOV.AU Anzacs and the Salonica Campaign of 1915 Dr Maria Hill will discuss what her research in Australia, Britain and Greece has revealed about the nature of the Salonica campaign A distinguished Australian writer, historian and academic of Greek descent, Dr Maria Hill will be giving a special Anzac Day lecture as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV). The lecture ‘ANZACS and the Salonica Campaign of 1915’ will focus on Dr Hill's large body of research on the relatively unknown role the Greek city of Thessaloniki played in the Allied Forces' WWI campaign. More than 450 Australian men and women served in a variety of capacities in northern Greece between 1914 to 1918, yet little is known about their experiences. Australian women in particular played a significant part in the conflict, with over 360 serving in British army hospitals near Salonika and on the island of Lemnos. As Australian troops were embedded in British units, nothing has been written thus far about their war experience in the malaria-infested marshes of northern Greece. Dr Hill will discuss what her research in Australia, Britain and Greece has revealed about the nature of the campaign. She is currently conducting research for a new book on the Anzacs in Salonika 1915-1918. When: Thursday 23 April 2015, 7.00 pm Where: Greek Centre, Mezzanine Level, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. The Australian nurse clay statue. The ill solider clay cast. Dr Maria Hill The proposed final look of the memorial.
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