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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 December 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER 2017 21 GREECE The Hon Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria (C), viewing some of Anzac photos of Lemnos from 1915, with Lee Tarlamis (L) and Jim Claven (R) of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee. The Victorian Premier’s Anzac Student Prize winners at East Mudros Military Cemetery, with members of the Hellenic Armed Forces honour guard, Lemnos, 2014. Victorian Premier’s Anzac Student Prize winners on Lemnos, 2014. the next level.” Mr Tarlamis was particularly keen to commence work on the erection of the new memorial commemorating the Australian Pier at Mudros on Lemnos. “It was only recently that our secretary and historian Jim Claven was able to reveal the story of the Australian Pier. The pier was known locally, and to the Allied forces, as the ‘Australian Pier’ as indicated by Allied maps. The restoration of this name will be another physical reminder of Lemnos’ link to the Anzacs. We hope that it will be included in the annual commemorative services conducted on Lemnos.” He added that the government’s additional support for the forthcoming Lemnos and Gallipoli commemorative publication will enable further copies to be produced and its release will support the commemoration of the Armistice of Mudros in 2018. He also welcomed the initiatives to enhance connections between the young people of Lemnos and Victoria. “Our committee was the first to promote the inclusion of Lemnos in the prize tour. Our secretary assisted in the design of the program and has made presentations to the departing students on the role of Lemnos and what they will see.” Christina Despoteris, committee vice-president, has worked in recent years to link schools in Greece and Victoria, and she also welcomed the educational initiatives in the announcements. “The encouragement of further links between Victorian and Lemnian schoolchildren, supported by the grant announced, will build on work undertaken by both the Victorian Government and our committee. Just as Victoria’s students have journeyed to Lemnos to learn more about the link to Anzacs, so the students of Lemnos have met with them and taken part in the annual Anzac services on Lemnos.” She added that the committee intends to support the government’s grant with the supply of additional educational supplies, including a number of important Australian historical reference books telling the story of Lemnos’ link to Anzac and Gallipoli generally. Mr Tarlamis pointed out that these initiatives will play an important role in raising awareness of Lemnos and its link to the Anzacs. “It was here that the Armistice was negotiated between the Entente Powers (which included Australia) and the Ottoman Empire. The signing of the Armistice ended the First World War across various battle fronts – from Salonika to Syria. Whether as soldiers, sailors, airmen, nurses, or prisoners - for thousands of Australians the war was finally at an end. This day should not be forgotten,” he said. The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee has already set in place a number of important commemorative events for next year. March will see the donation to the Victorian Returned Service League of a large beautifully framed print of the original photograph taken on Lemnos in August 1915 of the arrival of the Australian nurses on the island. This will be hung in the RSL headquarters in Collins Street in the centre of Melbourne as a permanent reminder and legacy of the role of Australia’s nurses on Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign. August will see a major new display of photographs taken by Australian soldiers and nurses on Lemnos in 1915. These will be displayed at a special exhibition in the Queen’s Hall of the Victorian Parliament. The exhibition will include a commemorative booklet as well as a launch of the exhibition in the Parliament’s Federation Room. The exhibition will culminate with the committee’s annual commemorative service at the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park, at the newly named Lemnos Square. These events are open to the public and all are welcome. The committee is planning to hold the first ever commemoration of the Armistice of Mudros to take place in Melbourne, with the venue to be confirmed. The committee will also be working with the authorities on Lemnos to take part in the annual Anzac services to be held on Lemnos on 20 and 21 April, as well as the proposed commemoration of the Armistice of Mudros at Lemnos in late October or early November 2018. The committee hopes some of its members will take part in the commemora- tions on Lemnos. Mr Tarlamis said that the committee would now work with the Victorian Government and authorities on Lemnos to implement these initiatives. He said these developments are the culmination of the years of dedicated work by members of the committee and he thanked Neos Kosmos for its ongoing support in promoting awareness of Lemnos’ Australian Pier as well as the Hellenic link to Anzac. *Jim Claven is a trained historian and freelance writer. He has researched the Hellenic link to Anzac across both world wars for many years, leading commemorative tours and undertaking a number of legacy projects in Australia and Greece, including the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park. Jim’s story revealing Lemnos’ Australian Pier was published in Neos Kosmos on 5 August 2017. Jim can be contacted via email: email@example.com.
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