Meeting – Mon 26 September 2016, 7.30pm

Australian soldiers at the Anzac Rest Camp at Sarpi on Lemnos, 1915. Photographer AW Savage, State Library of NSW Collection

Australian soldiers at the Anzac Rest Camp at Sarpi on Lemnos, 1915. Photographer AW Savage, State Library of NSW Collection

Our special guest at the September meeting will be Jim Claven MA and Secretary of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee.

In his presentation, Lemnos 1915 – The Other Side of GallipoliJim will recount the often forgotten role that the Greek Island of Lemnos played in the Gallipoli campaign – as the forward base for the campaign, the location of soldiers’ rest camps and field hospitals, where Australia’s nurses served, where 148 diggers remain buried amongst the over 1,200 other Allied graves on the Island and the location for the armistice which ended the First World War in the east. And it was here that Australian soldiers and nurses experienced the culture and hospitality of their Greek hosts.

Jim is a freelance writer, historian and has been Secretary of the Melbourne-based Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee since 2011. He studied history at Melbourne’s Monash University, completing his Master of Arts Degree. He has written extensively on the Anzac connection to Greece, particularly the role of Lemnos in the Gallipoli campaign, and is researching the Anzac trail on Lemnos and Greece, having led a number of commemorative tours throughout Greece.

PMH&PS meet on the fourth Monday of each month except December in the Council Chamber, Upstairs at Port Melbourne Town Hall, 333 Bay St, Port Melbourne.

 

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