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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 01 June 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 1 JUNE 2019 21 OPINION 9th Annual Antipodean Palette Artists 2019 — with Rolando Garay-Matziaris, Luke Spillo, Aphroditi Karalis, Menio Kottakis, James Pasakos, Angy Labiris, Barbara Kitallides, Kerrie Theodorikakos, Baziz Psanoudakis, Andrea Demetriou, Maritsa Micos Dragonas, Effie Chaniotis, James Josephides and Sofronis Michaelides at Steps Gallery. Stella Papas, Maria Bakalidou and Roma Siahou at the opening of the exhibition. 50 years of the Greek Australian Cultural League CATHY ALEXOPOULOS The Greek Australian Cultural League of Melbourne (GACLM) is celebrating 50 years since its establishment. In 1969, and thereafter in 1970, a group of young, dedicated and visionary men and women whose love of the Greek letters and culture bore fruit and lead to the creation of an Association that promoted and supported the creative endeavours of Greek Australian artists and writers. Their initial desire was to form a group who were going to oversee the printing of a periodical that would incorporate the work of the budding writers who at that time had no other means of seeing their creative output in print, apart from the local Greek newspapers. The organisation in the form of the League was created but it took another four years before enough funds were gathered to be able to realise their first publication of Antipodes. Since then, the League initiates, organises and participates in cultural, artistic, social and intellectual activities throughout the year. It organises the annual bilingual Literary Competition, publishes the annual bilingual periodical Antipodes, as well as organises the annual group Art exhibition 'Antipodean Palette'. The periodical has been circulating in the broader Australian community as well as overseas for 46 years and is the longest circulating Greek-Australian periodical – something we are very proud and would like to see its longevity prolonged. Its enduring existence is a credit to the outstanding contributions, the excellent work of the successive editorial committees and the visionary work of the Administrative Committees of the GACLM. Throughout the years it has featured works by Greek-Australian writers and artists in either English or Greek whose contribution to the maintenance of the Greek culture and literature is assured. Every year the periodical is dedicated to a well-known person in the Greek-Australian Diaspora who has contributed to the promotion of the Greek letters or the Greek culture in various ways. The results of the Literary Competition 2019 will be announced on the October, 2019 when the launch of the periodical 'Antipodes' will take place. Thus, bringing forth a higher literary standard and making the work of the Cultural League more important and relevant to our multicultural society. The annual group art exhibition 'Antipodean Palette', has reached its ninth year and opened its doors to the public on Thursday 23 May, and will run through to 2June. We welcome everyone to attend this outstanding display of Greek-Australian artistic talent. The memorial of Major George Devine Treloar Members of the Greek community met at Eleni's Kitchen and Bar in Yarraville on Thursday to meet artist Lis Johnson, commissioned to create the memorial of Major George Devine Treloar that will stand at the centre of Ballarat. There was cause for celebration as the dream will finally become a reality with the unveiling of the statue on 8 September. Below are some highlights about the great man, the community that raised money for his statue and the great work that is being created in his honour. JIM CLAVEN, HISTORIAN "George's mission was set up to assist 10,000 refugees, but by January 1923 there were nearly 108,000 destitute refugees in Western Thrace, some 68,000 from rural communities and another 40,000 town dwellers, all in desperate need of help. The majority were women and children, many of their men folk having been killed in the levels. Kostas Tsaprailidis, Roma Siahos, Lis Johnson, Lee Tarlamis, Litsa Athanasiadis, Jim Claven and friends. fighting and massacres that took place across Asia Minor in the wake of the GrecoTurkish War. most refugees were from Asia Minor, others from as far away as Egypt and many Armenian and Assyrian Christian refugees. "George's work encompassed organising relief operations, inspecting refugee camps and much more. he organised the provision of temporary and permanent shelter as well as clothing. he ensured the provision of food and health care to save the refugees from starvation and disease, even overseeing a refugee hospital near Komotini. He e promoted the establishment of cottage industries, through the distribution of weaving equipment and materials for carpet weaving and lacemaking. The refugees were also engaged in road-building, brick-making, wood-cutting, charcoal-burning, fishing and laundering. "His efforts were described by Dr Nansen, the High Com- missioner of Refugees in Geneva, as 'excellent and strenuous work'." LITSA ATHANASIADIS, MERIMNA PRESIDENT "I simply want to tie in the refugee story to this story (of Treloar) and the significance of this story for our people. We, some of us, are descendants of the people that he assisted to settle in mainland Greece, in north of Greece. And there were 13 villages that he assisted in building with the locals. One of them bears his name, Thrylorion (near Komotini). And he was also awarded the Redeemer Award by the king of Greece at the time (King George). For us, it is a little bit more emotional, beyond just a statue. This man is a hero for us and our people." LIS JOHNSON, ARTIST "It is an honour for me to have been selected for this commissioned work. It appealed to me on so many "I like making art that has meaning and through every project that I do, I learn so much about a different part of the world, society, culture, whatever. This subject is about an individual man but it tells the story of a whole lot of people. So it is not like putting someone on a pedestal, it is almost the opposite. "I've done a lot of statues of people but there was something about George that appealed to me. I guess it is as much about his humanitarian work. I saw in this work the opportunity to go beyond the formal recognition of someone because of his military work. To be honest, it was also the twinkle in his eye as well. He looks like a fascinating man and interesting character. When I read the story, I pretty much knew straight away that I wanted to depict him with a little girl and make reference to his heroic nature. That's what I interpreted, that he went above and beyond what his actual role was."
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