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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 07 September 2019
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greece’s refugee helper George Treloar honoured in Ballarat JIM CLAVEN Major George Devine Treloar, the Leaque of Nations Refugee Commissioner in Thrace and Macedonia in the wake of the Asia Minor Catastrophe, has been inducted into the Legends of his old school, St Patricks College in his birthplace of Ballarat. The induction was held at a special dinner and presentation night on Sunday 31 August. Others inducted were Peter Blenkiron and Dr Michael Flynn. Amongst the crowd were representatives of Mel- bourne's George Treloar Memorial Committee, including Litsa Athanasiadis. A wonderful night, Ms Athanasiadis said a highlight was meeting members of George Treloar's family, especially his son David Treloar who travelled from Perth to take part in the event, and his niece Eleanor Lacey from Canberra. "It has been a great privilege to have begun this journey of honouring George Treloar on behalf of all the descendants who George assisted in northern Greece. They arrived on the shores of Greece, des- titute and in need of help. Thankfully for them, they were assisted by this great humanitarian, and if it were not for his work nearly 100 years ago, many of us would not be here today," Ms Athanasiadis said. In his role as refugee helper, it is estimated that Mr Treloar assisted approximately 108,000 Christian refugees who had been forced to flee their home across Asia Minor during the catastrophe of the early 1920's. Bringing his military and undoubted organisational skills to bear, he ensured the survival of these desperate people and saw the establishment of many new villages, including that of Thrylorion in Thrace that was named in his honour. He was also awarded many military and other decorations, including Greece's Order of Holy Redeemer. The induction was held the week before the unveiling of the new George Treloar Memorial in Sturt Street, Ballarat, which is due to take place this Sunday, 8 September. Ms Athanasiadis thanked all of those in the community who have contributed to this important project, which will see the first major commemorative memorial to the work of Mr Treloar erected in Australia. "We have been working on this memorial for many years now and its unveiling will be a fitting tribute not only to George Treloar and his work but to the survival of the culture of these Christian refugees from Asia Minor. The Committee invites all who cherish the memory of George and these refugees to come to Ballarat for this important event this coming Sunday," she said. UNVEILING CEREMONY The George Treloar Memorial Committee in conjunction with the City of Ballarat invite all to attend the unveiling of their new memorial honouring Major George Devine Treloar and his refugee work. The unveiling will include a demonstration of Pontian dancing, symbolising the culture of many of the refugees assisted by George Treloar. All welcome. When: Sunday 8 September at 11.00 am Where: The memorial site, located in the median strip gardens near the corner of Errard and Sturt Streets, Ballarat VIC. David Treloar (third from left) and Eleanor Lacey (fourth from left), together with members of the George Treloar Memorial Committee at the induction in Ballarat (from left) Con Tseprailidis, President of the Pontiaki Estia; Litsa Athanasiadis; Penny Tsombanopoulos; and Jim Claven. PHOTOS: JOHN IRWIN The memorial plinth where the new George Treloar Memorial will be installed at 11.00 am on Sunday 8 September. New IFLA President Christine Mackenzie welcomed at the Australian Embassy of Athens MARIA FILIO TRIDIMAS The appointment of Australian Christine Mackenzie as President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) was celebrated at the Australian Embassy in Athens last month. Mr Jon Philp, Charge d'affaires of the Australian Embassy of Athens, formally welcomed an important number of high calibre Greek, Australian and international guests to mark the Athens meeting of IFLA in Athens. He embraced the conference's proceedings, expressed his pleasure in hosting the event at the Australian Residence in Athens and congratulated Ms Mackenzie's appointment as IFLA's new President. "Christine has had a long and successful career in public libraries," he said. "She has been Manager of Brisbane City Council Library Robert Knight OAM, President of the Australian Library and Information Association; Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, President 2017-2019 of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA); Christine Mackenzie, President-elect of the IFLA; Gerard Leitner, Secretary General of the IFLA; Service, the largest public library system in Australia. She has also had a long association with IFLA, having been elected to the IFLA Governing Board in 2015 and having served as Treasurer from 2015-17. Christine's appointment as President of IFLA is no small feat. I congratulate her on her appointment and wish her every success in her new role. As libraries around the world evolve to be able to meet changing demands, Christine's track record of embracing disruptive technologies to innovate service delivery will be a great asset to IFLA, and to the world's libraries." Ms Mackenzie also addressed the gathering, acknowledging 2019 as the year of indigenous languages and pointing out that had she been in Australia she would have also acknowledged the traditional custodi- ans of the Australian land. The new IFLA President continued her speech by saying how honoured she was to be the second Australian to hold this position following Alex Byne. She expressed her gratitude to IFLA's outgoing President Gloria Perez Salmerón, IFLA's Secretary General Gerald Leitner, Governing Board members, past presidents of IFLA, the President of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Robert Knight, ALIA Board members, past presidents and members, the President of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand (LIANZA) Rachel Esson and LIANZA members. She also recognised the contribution of National Librarians Marie Louise Ayres and Bill Macnaugh, and sincerely thanked the sponsors of the event, Taylor and Francis Group (T&F) and Alexandra for supporting with loyalty such events for so many years.
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