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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 January 2016
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 JANUARY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Old Boy hero honoured KYRIAKOS AMANATIDES On Sunday 25 October 2015, the co-ordinating committee of Pontian Associations for the Genocide of the Greeks of Pontos organised an expedition to Ballarat in order to lay a plaque and plant an olive tree at St Patrick's College in honour of George Treloar. George Treloar, a former student of St Patrick's College, had been instrumental in assisting more than 100,000 Greeks of Pontos to settle in northern Greece after their uprooting from Pontos as a result of the 1922 Asia Minor disaster. In its journal The Shamrock, Volume 14, December 2015, St Patrick's College published the following account of the above-mentioned event under the title ‘Old Boy hero honoured’, with the accompanying photographs. "One of Ballarat's greatest unsung World War I heroes has finally been honoured in his home town with the installation of a plaque and the planting of an olive tree in his honour at St Patrick's College. George Devine Treloar was a Military Cross medal winner for his heroic actions on the Somme and at Ypres, yet it was his post-war deeds for which he has been remembered across the world as a man who saved hundreds of thousands of lives. At the end of World War I Major Treloar (SPC 1900) dedicated his time to working with the British Mission, helping resettle displaced families. Major Treloar worked voluntarily for two years assisting Russian, Armenian and Assyrian refugees and was awarded several prestigious Russian military honours for his efforts. Then, from 1922-1926, Major Treloar was appointed as a representative of the League of Nations High Commissariat for refugees in northern Greece and was responsible for the resettlement of 108,000 Pontian Greek refugees. For his humanitarian ef- forts, he was awarded the Order of the Redeemer (gold cross) and the Greek village of Thrilorio has been named in his honour. Australian-based descendants of the Pontian Greek community have this year sought to honour the man they consider the hero of their people and contacted St Patrick's College to ensure the Ballarat community was aware of Major Treloar's incredible deeds. On Sunday October 25, around 70 descendants of refugees who were saved by Major Treloar attended a luncheon at St Patrick's College and participated n r ir - - o - - e in a plaque-laying and tree-planting ceremony. Chairman of the Commemoration Committee for the Pontian Greeks Mr Kostas Antoniadis announced at the ceremony that an annual aying ng ceremony scholarship of $500 would nity as George Tre- scholarship of $500 would be presented in Major Treloar's honour to a St Patrick's College student who worked tirelessly for the good of the wider commu- nity, as George Treloar had done a century ago. "Such men are sculpted with such strong convictions from a young age and Major Treloar's schooling must have played a major role in making the man he became," Mr Antoniadis said. "He has since passed on but his alma mater still exists and e wish to pay respects to him and St Patrick's." St Patrick's College headmaster Mr John Crowley said the college was delighted to be able to honour h m m he An "H pa hi sti we res and St leg Mr said was be a such an esteemed Old Collegian and hoped the laying of the plaque would help inform the wider Ballarat community about George Tre- loar's bravery and community compassion. "At St Patrick's College our aim is to raise fine boys to the status of great men and it is clear that Major George Treloar was indeed a great man," Mr Crowley said. "He is a hero of many nations, a man responsible for saving thousands of lives, all done with compassion and care for the individual. “We are delighted to welcome to St Patrick's College descendants of those who Major Treloar cared for, and are excited that his name will live long in the history of St Patrick's College through the initiation of the George Treloar Scholarship." Sinodinos cleared over corruption charges Liberal senator advised no findings have been made against him by ICAC Cabinet Secretary Arthur Sinodinos has been told no corruption findings have been made against him by the the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). The announcement comes nearly two years after Senator Sinodinos' political career was put on hold (despite the fact no direct allegations of impropriety were made against him) after appearing as a witness in an ICAC investigation into whether donations from Sydney Water were given fraudulently to the Liberal Party via Australian Water Holdings (AWH). Senator Sinodinos held director and chairman positions at AWH while holding the post of honorary finance director, and later president, of the NSW branch of the Liberal Party. Breaking the news on Thurs- day, The Australian speculated that while ICAC is no longer pursuing allegations against Senator Sinodinos, "it is possible there will be commentary or criticism from ICAC commissioner Megan Latham regarding Senator Sinodinos' ability or performance as a company director". Senator Sinodinos, who was chief of staff to former prime minister John Howard, stood aside as assistant treasurer in March 2014 and resigned from the position in December that year. He was reinstated by Malcolm Turnbull to cabinet secretary last September. Approached to comment by Neos Kosmos, Senator Sinodinos declined to comment for "legal reasons" but said he would issue a statement after ICAC's final report is published. Exonerated: Senator Arthur Sinodinos talks to media after giving evidence at the Independent Commission Against Corruption hearing in 2014. PHOTO: AAP/BRITTA CAMPION. From the visit of Pontians to St Patrick’s College at Ballarat.
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