|Myrina Harbour, capital of Lemnos, where the Anzacs walked almost one hundred years ago, April 2012. Photograph Jim Claven|
The Committee established the following priorities for its activities in Australia:
A Memorial Statue. Promote the proposal to establish a permanent memorial to Lemnos’ role in the Anzac story in Melbourne, in the form of a statue, featuring the soldiers, nurses andm locals. The Committee will develop the proposal, complete design work and seek government and community funding for the project. There is a possibility that this statue could be re-produced for location on Lemnos itself. It is intended that such a statue memorial should be completed and unveiled prior in August 2015, the anniversary of the arrival of the Australian nurses on Lemnos. This project was successful completed and the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial unveiled at Foote Street reserve, Albert Park on the 8th August 2015. Annual commemorative services will be held here;
Lobbying for 2015 and Beyond. Lobby the Australian Government to include Lemnos in the planned Centenary of Anzac commemorations for 2015. This should encompass consideration of the official naval ship visiting Mudros Harbour on its voyage to Gallipoli, cooperation with Lemnian authorities in the establishing of appropriate memorials on the island (i.e. curatorial assistance for its planned new museum, assistance in the production of interpretative key site boards) and the possible re-creation on the Sarpi tent rest camp; and,
Promoting Lemnos and Anzac. Promote the Lemnos-Gallipoli connection within Australia through the creation of an archival collection, publications and through the media and relevant events.
|Lemnos Gallipoli Committee members Mr Lee Tarlamis MP, the Hon John Pandazopoulos MP, Mr Jim Claven, Mr Peter Volaris and Ms Sofia Kotanditis at the Ballarat Greek Ex-Servicemen Rememberance Day address, November 2012. Photograph Jim Claven|
|Anzac memorial at East Mudros harnbour front, following official Anzac Day ceremony April 2012. For details on this plaque see the information provided by Dr Ross Bastiann OAM RFD, its creator. Photograph Jim Claven|
LemnosThe Committee considered the following as major opportunities for the Greek authorities to promote the Anzac connection with Gallipoli and to seize an important new tourism opportunity.
They are also complementary to the work we are undertaking in Australia.
The tourism potential of promoting the Anzac connection with Lemnos should be appreciated. 12,000 Australians recently visited Gallipoli for the Dawn Service alone. An estimated total of 100,000 Australians make pilgrimage to Gallipoli annually. Not to mention the numbers of New Zealand, British, Irish, French and Indian sub-continent visitors who are or could be attracted to re-connection with the Gallipoli story.
Lemnos is well placed to capitalise on this increasing opportunity.
The following are key prioritise we recommend Greece actively pursue to ealize this opportunity:
Official Ship Visit 2015. Invitation to the Australian Government for the Official Centenary of Anzac ship voyage to Gallipoli to call into Mudros Harbour in 2015, recreating the voyage of the Anzacs - Successfully completed;
Lemnos Anzac Ceremony. The Annual Lemnos Anzac ceremony promotion - Successfully completed; and,
Anzac Conference. Support the proposal to establish an annual Anzac conference (July) on Lemnos - The first Anzac Conference was held in 2013, and subsequent conferences have also been held.
Additional projects we have suggested but have not yet been completed are:
Burial at sea ceremony. Invite the Australian Government to conduct a joint service at sea to commemorate the almost 1,000 Anzacs who were buried at sea in the northern Aegean;
Tour Ship Visits. Invitation to tour boats to visit and stay in Mudros Harbour.
Recreation of the Sarpi Rest Camp. The possibility of recreating of the Australian rest camp at Sarpi (Nea Koutali) as a tent city, possibly for young tourists to stay during the week of Anzac;
Reconstruction of Lemnos Anzac Gallipoli Museum. Support the reconstruction of an Anzac Gallipoli Museum on Lemnos;
Interpretive Boards. To facilitate visitation support the creation of a number of interpretative site boards connected with the Anzac presence on Lemnos in 1915;
|East Mudros Commonwealth Military Cemetery, April 2012. Photograph Jim Claven|
|Mudros Bay, from East Mudros, April 2012. Photograph Jim Claven|