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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 6 February 2016
NEWS 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Lost ANZAC photos of Lemnos and more donated to State Library JIM CLAVEN Taking a new business punt - Andrew Demetriou. PHOTO: AAP/JULIAN SMITH. Demetriou goes Beyond Boundaries Former AFL chief executive to chair Singapore-based start-up Andrew Demetriou is to launch a new sports technology business to be run by exFootball Federation Australia (FFA) supremo Ben Buckley. The company, Beyond Boundaries Global, is backed by an Asian private equity firm and investors in Australia and India. Mr Demetriou and Mr Buckley will both take a financial stake in the business that will have offices in Europe and Asia. Deme triou will become chairman and Buckley the CEO. Speaking to The Australian, Demetriou said it was too early to reveal any details about the type of services the company will provide. "It's innovative and something different in a space that we think has some worldwide applications; we're pretty excited about it," he told News Corp. Ben Buckley is a former North Melbourne vice-captain and sporting administrator and has worked for Foxtel since 2013. Prior to joining the FFA, Mr Buckley held senior marketing roles with the AFL and in the 1990s worked for Nike and Electronic Arts. Demetriou played more than 100 games for North Melbourne and Hawthorn in the 1980s before leading the AFL Players Association. He became chief executive of the AFL in 2003. With the global sports market estimated to be worth more than $205 billion according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (from combined gate revenue income, media rights, sponsorships, and merchandising), Beyond Boundaries is likely to focus on the commercial opportunities arising from the ongoing shift of sports to pay-TV, online coverage and the popularity of events such as the 2016 Rio Olympics and Euro 2016 football tournament. Nick Paspaley looks to buy Dartbrook coal mine with Nathan Tinkler Nick Paspaley, the pearl king of Australia, has moved a step closer to buying the Dartbrook coal mine with controversial former mining magnate Nathan Tinkler. John Robinson and Nick Paspaley, both Northern Territory businessmen, have loaned the ‘boganaire’s’ junior mining company Australian Pacific Coal $20 million to buy Dartbrook, in the NSW Hunter Valley, from mining giant Anglo American. Nathan Tinkler is a former billionaire whose mining empire collapsed in 2012 following the slide in coal prices, and who now plans to develop a five million tonnes per annum, open pit operation at the currently closed mine. Last Friday two major collections of photographs and memorabilia from Australia's ANZAC were donated to the State Library of Victoria. The collections total over 450 individual images and assorted items of memorabilia. A feature of one of the collections are unique and never before made available to the public photographs of Lemnos in 1915. The photographs of Lemnos are in the collection of Sister Evelyn Hutt, an Australian nurse from Tasmania, who served with the 3rd Australian General Hospital during the Gallipoli campaign. Her images illustrate the experience of the Anzacs on Lemnos - from the erection and operation of the field hospitals tending to the sick and wounded on the shores of Mudros Bay to the resting Anzacs in their large camp near Sarpi village. Most importantly, the photographs also record the life of the local villagers, capturing the street life of its villages and towns, conversations between Lemnians and Anzac nurses and soldiers and Australian soldiers learning to ride the local donkeys for a trip to the hot mineral springs at Therma. Gil Easton's collection re- veals his service in the Middle East in vivid images. Private Easton served in the famous siege of Tobruk and the battle of El Alamein. His collection records these historic battles as well as images of Egypt, Syria and Palestine. Last year, Gil's mother was honoured by the Thessaloniki Association ‘The White Tower’ for her service on the Salonika front in the First World War. It was a pleasure for me to assist both Evelyn's family - daughter Judith Gunnarson and grand-daughter Deb Stewart - as well as Gil Easton in making these donations. Evelyn's grandson, Bill Stewart, also attended the donation. These collections are a major addition to the public archive and will be welcomed by academic researchers and descendents of Anzacs and the Greek community. The donations were witnessed by representatives of Melbourne's Greek community. Bill Papastergiadis, president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Victoria and Melbourne, said it was an honour to witness the dona- Sister Evelyn Hutt’s photographic collection. tion of these important photographs. "Both preserving and bringing to the public collections such as these commemorate the Hellenic link to ANZAC. Looking at these photographs reinforces the strong links between Australia and Greece - going all the way back to when Australian soldiers and nurses walked the shores and village streets of Greece in 1915. "The story of the relationship between Greece and Australia has often been characterised solely on the migration of Greeks to Australia following the Second World War. Rather, it is a deep and complex story with many threads that united these two countries. It is this complex history and shared values and aspirations that have helped forge such a strong bond between the two countries. In my view, Australia and Greece are inextricably linked and, using an Australian expression, the two countries are ‘best mates’." Also present were Paul Mavroudis, president of the Thessaloniki Association ‘The White Tower’, and Tony Tsourdalakis, president of the Pancretan Association of Melbourne. Both congratulated both families for making this donation, with Tony adding: "This year is the 75th anni- versary of the Battle of Crete and Greece. I am sure that there are many similar collections lying in old boxes or in sheds, in danger of being lost. I urge everyone with an Anzac in their family to check PHOTO: JIM CLAVEN. if there are photographs or other records and memorabilia in need of preservation." Lee Tarlamis and Christina Despoteris, president and vice-president of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, added that it was pleasing that the work of the committee had brought to light these amazing historic collections. They hoped that more donations would flow into our public institutions to preserve these vital documents of the Hellenic link to ANZAC. Both collections were received by Dr Kevin Molloy, collections manager at the State Library. The collections will be digitised and made available to the public via the internet. * Neos Kosmos will soon feature a major article by Jim Claven explaining Evelyn Hutt's story and reviewing her collection.
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