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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 4 August 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 AUGUST 2018 23 HISTORY ing our meeting at Canberra's Hellenic Club, we were given a display by some of the more than 150 participants in the Greek community's Greek dancing classes. We also took the opportunity to visit Canberra's impressive memorial precinct, a series of major commemorative memorials which line the avenue between the Australian War Memorial and across to the Australian Parliament. These include a number of memorials which include commemoration of the Hellenic link to Anzac across both world wars – such as the National Nurses' memorial, the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force memorials and the Australia-New Zealand memorials. One of the Roll of Honour walls at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. PHOTOS JIM CLAVEN 2018. Corlett OAM for the creation of Melbourne's Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial, the Committee representatives were also able to view some of Peter's other important commemorative sculptures that are located in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial, including his statues of Simpson and his Donkey and Weary Dunlop. Every evening, a public Last Post service is held at the Australian War Memorial, dedicated to the life and service of an individual service person. Ms Despoteris and I were invited by Dr Nelson to take part in this service by joining with others in laying a wreath on behalf of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, as part of this moving service. Each service is filmed and placed on the War Memorial's website. Members of the public are encouraged to attend these nightly services during a visit to Canberra. During the meeting with Her Excellency Ms Xagorari, Ms Despoteris and I presented the Ambasador with the Committee's new commemorative poster featuring the unveiling of the Australian Pier Memorial on Lemnos in April this year. The Committee hopes that this new framed poster will be a welcome addition to the Embassy's displays and an indication to all who visit in the future of the Hellenic connection to Australia's Anzac tradition. Discussion was also had concerning a possible Lemnos- Gallipolithemed photographic exhibition at the Australian War Memorial, or a similar venue in Australia's national capital. The Ambassador was also invited to attend the Committee's forthcoming commemorative events in Melbourne. The Committee welcomed the opportunity to meet with representatives of Canberra's Greek community. Mr Steve Kalenderidis is President of the Canberra Greek commu- nity and Lemnian Association and is connected both to the village of Atsiki on Lemnos as well as nearby northern Aegean Island of Tenedos, while Mr Costas Sofatzis was born at Thanos. The meeting discussed both the Committee's and the Canberra communities' commemorative activities, with the later displaying a new commemorative plaque concerning Lemnos and Gallipoli, which is envisaged to be installed at Canberra's impressive Hellenic Club. Ms Despoteris and I provided an update on the Melbourne Committee's activities. The Canberra Greek community was invited to consider joining with the Committee to build the Lemnos Gallipoli Heritage Trail by sponsoring the creation of one or more commemorative plaques for installation on Lemnos. Discussion was also held on the possible display of the Committee's Lemnos Gallipoli Photographic Exhibition in Canberra in the future. Dur- One of the most impressive memorials is the National Hellenic Memorial, dedicated to commemorating the battle of Greece and Crete in WW2. This features a broken column, damaged steel girders, all enclosed by a classicallyinspired amphitheatre surrounded by olive and cypress trees, with what can only be described as an eruption of rock symbolising the mountains of Greece and Crete. A visit to this memorial is recommended for all interested in the Hellenic link to Anzac. Melbourne's Committee are hopeful of working with members of Canberra's Greek community – as well as the Australian War Memorial – to help build awareness of the Hellenic link to Anzac both in Australia and in Greece, including through the organisation of joint commemorative events and create new memorials in Greece honouring that link across both World Wars. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the Lemnos Gallipoli Photographic Exhibition at Queens Hall in Victoria's Parliament House from Monday 6 - Friday 10 August 2018, the Committee's annual commemoration at the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Parks' Lemnos Square at 11am on Saturday 11 August and the commemoration of the Armistice of Mudros at 12 noon, 31st October 2018 in the Sanctuary of Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance. All welcome. *Glasgow-born Jim Claven is a trained historian, a freelance writer, and the secretary of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee. He has researched the Hellenic link to Anzacs over a number of years, led commemorative tours on Lemnos and across Greece, and is now preparing a major new pictorial history of Lemnos' role in the Gallipoli campaign. He can be contacted at email@example.com Christina Despoteris and Jim Claven lay the Committee’s wreath during the Last Post service at the Australian War Memorial. Ms Despoteris at the memorial plaque to the 2/1st Australian Machine Gun Battalion which served in Greece and Crete in 1941. Christina Despoteris (left) and Jim Claven (right) with Dr Brendan Nelson AO at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The National Hellenic Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra, opposite the Australian War Memorial. Private James Zampelis’ place on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
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