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Our Committee is raising funds to create a lasting legacy telling the story of Lemnos' link to Gallipoli and Australia's Anzac story. Our projects include the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park, the publication of a major new historical and pictorial publication and more. To make a donation you can also deposit directly by direct debit into the Committee's bank account: Account Name: Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee Inc; Bank: Delphi Bank; Account No: 204299-020 BSB No: 941300; Include your surname in the reference section. For further information on our legacy projects or to make a donation please contact either Lee Tarlamis 0411553009 or Jim Claven 0409402388M

Monday, 29 August 2016

This Thursday Night at the Greek Centre - Open Seminar - Dr Peter Ewer on "First Victory: The defence of Greece, 1940"

Come to the Greek Centre in Melbourne to hear Australia's pre-eminent historian of the Second Anzac's and their defence of Greece in WW2.
Peter's address is titled - First Victory: The defence of Greece, 1940.
Greek troops on the Albanian front, 1940

The defeat of the Italian invasion of Greece in October 1941 was the first successful land campaign for the Allied cause in the Second World War. To this day, outside of Greece itself, the achievement has never received the recognition it deserves. For more than six months, the Greek people defended themselves from fascist aggression, changing the course of the war. On the 75th anniversary of the later German invasion of Greece, it is timely to recall the ‘first victory’.
Peter Ewer (at right, with Michael Houdalakis and myself) at the 1st annual commemorative service held at the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park, August 2016. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Dr Peter Ewer is an Australian historian and author. He is published in internationally renowned academic journals the Journal of Military History (University of Virginia). He has also published in the Journal of Transport History (University of Manchester Press, UK), and a range of local history journals, including Australian Historical Studies (University of Melbourne).
Peter served as the historical advisor to the 42nd Street Memorial Trust, the community organisation that built the memorial at Tsikalaria Street, Tsikalaria, Crete, to commemorate the fighting there on 27 May 1941, and unveiled by the New Zealand Governor General on 19 May 2016.

When: 7pm, Thursday, 1 September 2016
Where: Greek Centre, Mezzanine, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Peter's presentation is sponsored by Mr Tony Tsourdalakis and Mr Paul Laspagis.

Jim Claven
Secretary
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Friday, 19 August 2016

The White Tower – Thessaloniki Association's new community project celebrates the Australian Anzac Dinner connection



The White Tower, Thessaloniki. Photo Jim Claven 2012
Last weekend Melbourne's Thessaloniki Association "White Tower" launched its latest community project to celebrate the Sister-City relationship between Melbourne and Thessaloniki. The project was launched by Maria Vamvakinou, MHR at the Association's rooms in Northcote. The project will see the re-creation  of Thessaloniki's famous White Tower with eight thousand crocheted white flowers. It will then be gifted for display to the City of Melbourne.
If you would like to find out more information on this new Thessaloniki Association project, please click here.
To read the recent report on the project in Neos Kosmos please click here. To read the recent report on the project in Ta Nea please click here. 
Congratulations to Vice President Christina Despoteris and all at the Thessaloniki Association on this great initiative.
Photo Jim Claven 2016

Photo Jim Claven 2016

Photo Jim Claven 2016


This post explains why the choice of recreating the White Tower is particularly appropriate to commemorate the link between Australia and Thessaloniki - as this was the location of the first Anzac commemorative dinner held in the city by Australian and New Zealand soldiers in 1918. This is the story of that link and that dinner.
The White Tower - The Australian Anzac Dinner Connection
Over 450 Australians served on the Salonika front during the First World War, from 1915 until the end of the war. They served either as one of the 350 Australian nurses who served there or the estimated 100 Australians who served in the British Army there. One of the latter was the Ned Herring, who would return to Greece in 1941 as part of the Australian force sent to defend Greece against the German invasion. Later in the war, Royal Australian Navy ships would sail into Thessaloniki’s great harbor at the end of the War, on their way to play their part in the occupation and disarming of the Ottoman Empire.
They served at the front in fighting units or in the British hospitals that lay closer to the city of Thessaloniki itself. They toured the great city and met its people. And they helped out during the disastrous fire that swept the city in 1917, destroying much of the centre of old Thessaloniki.
The great Arch of Emperor Galerius, on the Via Egnatia, with the former pantheon in the background, Thessaloniki. Photo Jim Claven 2015
Thessaloniki is a city steeped in history – from its Greek origins, when the Roman Emperor Galerius made it his home and the grand Via Egnatia – linking the Eastern and Western halves of the Roman Empire. Its fame survived the long years of Ottoman occupation and it is Greece’s second city.
One of the most famous features of Thessaloniki is its White Tower.

The White Tower on the sea front at Salonika, April 1916. Photographer Ariel Varges. IWM
Standing at the eastern end of the grand seafront, the White Tower has become an icon of the city. At one time an Ottoman prison, the Tower became the home to British forces during the Allied presence in the city during the Salonka campaign in WW1.

Royal Navy signalers rearing chickens on the roof of the White Tower, Salonika 1916. Photographer Ariel Varges. IWM
Photographs from the time show British troops tending chickens on its roof – encouraging them to give up their precious fresh eggs! And it would house many ancient artefacts unearthed during the bombardments and bombings that battered Macedonia’s ancient ground.
But the White Tower has a famous but little known connection to Australia – as well as New Zealand. For during the First World War, it was surrounded by a famous outdoor restaurant that would be the location of a famous dinner in 1918.
Salonika Cafe scene, with British soldiers of the South Wales Borderers Regiment. IWM
There were many restaurants and cafes in the city. Thessaloniki’s restaurants, cafes, theatres and emporia offered a kaleidoscope of entertainment and relief for the soldiers and nurses of the Allied forces.
Photographs of allied soldiers enjoying the cafes and restaurants of Thessaloniki are testimony to the fact that the city’s pleasures provided a well-deserved respite for the soldiers. They jostled at the tables of Floca’s, Roma or the Bristol to name a few of the famous cafes of the town. There was even an “English Tea Shop” in the city, where nurses enjoyed tea and the attentions of soldiers, naval officers, doctors and chaplains.
But the White Tower restaurant was special. It was a particular favourite for the Allied sailors, soldiers and nurses who flocked to the city during their all too brief periods of leave.

Photo Jim Claven 2012
The restaurant was a large eating and entertainment venue just beside the Tower itself, on the water’s edge. It was a popular haunt for officers of all nations. It had a restaurant and an outdoor cafe with marble tables – gay with flowers and fruit - and customers could drink beer and grenadine, while listening to a band.

Miles Franklin, 1940s. Source Wikipedia

The famous Australian feminist and author from NSW, 33 year old Miles Franklin, had volunteered as a nursing orderly with the Scottish Women’s Hospital based at the Salonika front. During leave, she visited the White Tower restaurant and compared it to popular restaurants in Sydney - though it was expensive!

Nurse Christine Strom. AWM
Christine Erica Strom was a 25 year old nursing sister from Melbourne serving with the British Hospitals located nearby. She reported visiting this cafe for lunch, noting its international clientele. She served on the Salonika front until January 1919, eventually returning to Australia after the war, marrying and living in Surrey Hills.
Anzac Day dinner, London, 1919. AWM
And so it was that on the 7th January 1918 that the White Tower restaurant was the location of a famous Anzac dinner, organized by New Zealand forces serving on the front. This was the only celebration that brought together nurses and soldiers from Austrlaia and New Zealand during the Salonika campaign.
Brice Mackinnon. Source Gilchrist
The Australians came from far and wide, from units and medical establishments based across the huge campaign front. Despite the distances, a number of Australians attended the 15 drachma dinner and concert
Two Australian soldiers who attended were Second Lieutenant Brice Mackinnon who served with the British Army’s Black Watch Regiment and Lieutenant AR Wilkins who served with the Royal Field Artillery.

Dr Agnes Bennett. Source Gilchrist
Miles Franklin attended with two other members of the Scottish Women’s Hospital, travelling from Arnissa in Western Macedonia to get there. One of these was one of the medical Doctors in charge of the Hospital, Doctor Agnes Bennett. 42 year old Agnes was from Sydney and had gained her medical training at Edinburgh University in Scotland. The other was medical orderly Carole Reid. Also in attendance were two nurses with the Australian Army Nursing Service – Nurses Vines and Begley.

Photo Jim Claven 2016
We don’t know the menu. But no doubt these young Australians and New Zealanders had a great time, a respite from the horrors of war and an opportunity to reflect on their fellow soldiers and nurses who had served and those who would not survive to return to their loved ones at home.
Not far from the restaurant lies the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Mikra. Here lie two Australians who would not survive the war, including the only Australian nurse to die and be buried in Greece in the First World War.
Nursing Sister Gertrude Munro, Thessaloniki. AWM
She was 34 year old Sister Gertrude Munro. From 5 Gillies Street Alfredton near Ballarat and educated at Queens College Ballarat, she enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service in August 1916. She was based at the 60th British General Hospital at Hortiatis, acting as Matron during the illness of Matron Pritchard. She served here for two years until her death from broncho-pneumonia, following malaria and dysentery, on 10th October 1918 at Thessaloniki . She was buried with full military honours is buried at grave no 591 in the Commonwealth’s Mikra Military Cemetery on the northern outskirts of Thessaloniki. She was posthumously awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. These medals are now on display at the RSL in her home town of Ballarat.
Nurse Munro's medals, Ballarat RSL.
Buried near Gertrude is Sapper 236951 E Heron, an Australian serving with the British Army 33rd Base Park Royal Engineers, was killed on 28 December 1918, age 29, and is buried in grave plot 1031, Mikra Military Cemetery. Son of William Joseph Heron, of 7, Napoleon St., Cottesloe, Perth, Western Australia, and the late Teresa Heron.
Commonwealth war Cemetery, Mikra, Thessaloniki. Photo Jim Claven 2013
The young diners meeting to commemorate Anzac day would not have known that these two Australians – with whom they served – would never see Australia again.
So if you are fortunate enough to visit Thessaloniki’s famous White Tower, think of the young Australians who gathered here in its shadow and by the waters of the Saronic Gulf to remember Gallipoli and Australia’s sacrifice there. And think of the two of their comrades who never return to Australia but remain at the nearby war cemetery, overlooking these same waters.
The view from the top of the White Tower today, with Thessaloniki's harbour front stretching below. Photo Jim Claven 2015
How to Join In
If you would like to join in by crocheting some white flowers, contact the Christina Despoteris, Vice-President, Thessaloniki Association on:
Mobile: 0413943796
Email: christinad25@live.com


Jim Claven
Secretary
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

Thursday, 18 August 2016

First Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Service held at Albert Park - Saturday, 13th August 2016


Photo Kostas Deves 2016

Last Saturday, on a brisk but sunny August day, we commemorated the role of Lemnos in the Gallipoli Campaign with a formal commemorative service conducted at our Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Melbourne's Albert Park.
This is the first event held at our Memorial since its unveiling last year, on the centenary of the arrival of Australia's nurses on Lemnos on 8th August 1915. Last Saturday - 13th August - is the first of what will be an annual commemoration.
Photo Peter Ford 2016
Over 100 hundred people were in attendance, including members of Melbourne's Greek community, the nursing fraternity, returned service league and school students and descendants of Anzac's who served on Lemnos in 1915. Our Vice President, Ms Christina Despoteris, was Master of Ceremonies for the event. As Chair of our Committee Commemorative Service Sub-Committee, Christina had led the organising of this years event. As people arrived, they were given a copy of our commemorative event Order of Service booklet. You can download a copy of this booklet by clicking here. .
Photo Peter Ford
The event commenced with the playing of bagpipes by our piper, Mr Steve Campbell-Wright (pictured above). As with our unveiling, this was in recognition of the welcome received by the Australia nurses on 8th August 1915 as they arrived on Lemnos' shores, as the 3rd Australian General Hospital's Warrant Officer Archibald Monk - a migrant from the Western Isles of Scotland - played the pipes for the nurses.
Photo Peter Ford 2016
Photo Peter Ford 2016
We were also privileged to again have Faye Threlfall and Creswick Light Horse Troop re-enactment group (pictured above) with us as a symbol of the nurses and soldiers who came to Lemnos in 1915. It was especially touching to have two young children dressed up - a sailor and a nurse - very touching.
Photo Peter Ford 2016
The formal proceedings commenced with the mounting of the catafalque party (pictured above), Army cadets organized by Mr Terry Kanellos of the Hellenic RSL.
Photo Peter Ford 2016
Photo Peter Ford 2016
Father Chris Dimolianis (pictured top above) from Saint Efstathios Greek Orthodox Church South Melbourne read a Greek Orthodox prayer, followed by the reading of a prayer by Ms Ava Thornley, School Captain, Albert Park Secondary College (pictured above).
Photo Peter Ford 2016
The first dignitary to address the assembly was Cr Bernadene Voss, Mayor of Port Phillip (pictured above). Bernadene has been a long time supporter of our efforts and the erection of the Memorial. In her address, she made reference to the fact that all those years ago, the nurses and soldiers who went to Lemnos and Gallipoli departed from nearby Princes Pier.
Photo Peter Ford 2016
Our President, Lee Tarlamis (pictured above), welcomed the attendees and spoke of the long journey that we have traveled to build awareness of the role of Lemnos. He re-counted the pleasure it was to work with commemorative sculptor Peter Corlett, OAM, and to see him turn our vision into a reality. He talked of our on-going work - including our proposal to re-name Foote Street reserve as Lemnos Square and the publication of our major new photographic and historical book telling the story of Lemmos and Gallipoli in words and pictures. And Lee thanked all those who have supported our work. He announced that this was the first of many commemorative services at the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial. The following is an extract from Lee's address:
“…I would like to welcome all of you to the inaugural annual commemorative service at the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial, Foote Street Albert Park. This is the first of our annual wreath-laying commemorative services. It is 12 months since we began our journey to erect this lasting memorial to the role of Lemnos in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915. The brochure explains the background to the Memorial and sets out the Order of Service for the commemoration. Photographs reproduced are from the collections held by the Australian War Memorial, the State Library of NSW and the private collections of former Nurses Mary McIlroy and Evelyn Hutt. I would like to thank our Secretary, Mr Jim Claven, for preparing our event booklet, and our Vice-President, Ms Christina Despoteris, for organising this year’s commemoration, and all the other members of the Committee who volunteered their time and efforts. Thank you to all who participated in and attended this Commemorative Service to honour those who served on Lemnos, those who remain in its war graves and the local Hellenic population who assisted them.”

Photo Peter Ford 2016

The Hon Gavin Jennings, MP, (pictured above) representing the Victorian Government, then spoke of the importance of remembrance and making this tangible in the creation of the Memorial. He reflected on the ages of the cadets in our catafalque party, many of whom would be of the same young age as those who began to depart Australia aboard the Anzac transport ships over 100 years ago. He thanked Lee and the Committee for its work in creating the Memorial.
Photo Peter Ford 2016
Christina introduced our keynote speaker for this year’s event - The Hon Ted Baillieu (pictured above), former Premier of Victoria and Chair of the Victorian Anzac Centenary Committee.
Mr Baillieu has been a strong supporter of our efforts - speaking at our first fundraiser held at Parliament House all those years ago.
Ted recounted his personal family connection to Gallipoli and Lemnos. His address talked of the key components of commemorations - the recounting of stories and the connections with place. In his moving address, he said that all the stories we tell of those who served in WW1, of their lives and struggles, become part of conversation that exists as we remember and tell them.
But one of the things that Ted stressed was the importance of making the tangible connections with place. He spoke of one street in Albert Park, from which many residents departed as diggers or nurses for war. He addressed himself to the school students present at the commemoration and asked them to think of who may have lived in their house, in their street, all those years ago and who may have left for war or may have fare-welled a loved one, maybe never to see them again. These are the components of commemoration. Ted's address was heartfelt and well received.
Photo Peter Ford 2016
Mr Murray Thompson, MP (pictured above) and a supporter of our Committee, made an address on behalf of the Victorian Parliamentary Opposition. He spoke of the importance of memorials, the need to build awareness of the Hellenic link to Anzac and reflected on his own family connection to Lemnos.
Ms Bronwyn Halfpenny MP (left), Cr Jim Grivakostopoulos,Mr Iakovos Garivaldos and Ms Marlene Varvara. Photo Peter Ford 2016
Also present was Ms Bronwyn Halfpenny, MP, who has visited Lemnos and many of the Anzac sites in Greece as part of a tour which Jim Claven led in 2013. She is a strong supporter of our work.
Photo Peter Ford 2016
Christina (pictured above) then read letters received from the authorities on Lemnos and the northern Aegean. Mr Dimitrios Marinakos, Mayor of Lemnos, sent the following message to the event:
"Thank you for your invitation to attend the 1st Anniversary of the unveiling of the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial. Unfortunately I am not able to be in Melbourne on that date. I congratulate the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee for its initiative to erect a monument symbolising the important relationship between Lemnos and the Anzac's by honouring the soldiers and nurses that served in the Gallipoli Campaign. This bronze statue in the City of Port Phillip is a constant reminder of our common history and an eternal honour for these people. Lemnos is also making efforts in order to keep this memory alive staging events and highlighting points on interest in relation to the Anzacs.
We invite all Australians to visit Lemnos and see these historical places and explore the island just as the Anzac's did."
A copy of his letter can be viewed by following the link here.
Christina read out the communication in the Greek language from Mr Evangelos Giarmadouros Sub-Prefect of Lemnos, North Aegean Region. This can be viewed by following the link here.
Mr Jonathan and Ms Julie Rossi, on behalf of the Pammessinian Brotherhood "Papaflessas". Photo Peter Ford 2016
Christina then invited those attending to lay a wreath in honour of Lemnos' role in the Gallipoli campaign. Photos of the wreath laying are reproduced below. Wreaths were laid by the following organisations:
  • Mr Lee Tarlamis, President, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee
  • Cr Bernadene Voss Mayor of the City of Port Phillip, on behalf of the City of Port Phillip
  • The Hon Gavin Jennings MP Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council Special Minister of State, Representing the Victorian Government
  • The Hon Ted Baillieu, Chair of the Victorian Anzac Centenary Committee and former Premier of Victoria
  • Lieutenant Commander Cassandra Mohapp, on behalf of Captain Stephen Bowater OAM, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus and Senior Naval Officer Victoria
  • Major Terry Kanellos, on behalf of the Hellenic RSL
  • Mr Nick Kydas, on behalf of the Pan Lemnian Association of Australia
  • Colonel Jan McCarthy, President, on behalf of the Returned Nurses RSL Sub-Branch
  • Ms Arlene Bennet,t on behalf of the Nurses Memorial Centre
  • Ms Malama Varvaras on behalf of the Lemnian Association of Victoria
  • Mr Iakovos Garivaldis OAM on behalf of the Thessaloniki Association “The White Tower”
  • Mr Mchael Houdalakis, President, on behalf of the Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand
  • Mr John Nikolakakis, on behalf of the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria and the Pancretan Association of Melbourne
  • Cr Jim Grivokostopoulos, President, on behalf of the Pantrifilian Association of Melbourne and Victoria
  • Mr Jonathan and Ms Julie Rossi, on behalf of the Pammessinian Brotherhood "Papaflessas"
  • Mr Peter Andrinopoulos, Public Affairs Officer, on behalf of The Society of Kalamata "23 March"
  • Mr Kostas Tseprailidis, President, on behalf of Pontiaki Estia
  • Ms Litsa Athanasiadis, President, on behalf of Merimna Pontian Ladies of Oceania
  • Ms Mary and Mr Steve Tsaganas,on behalf of Pallaconian Brotherhood of Melbourne "Leonidas"
  • Mr Nickolas Krikelis, on behalf of the George Devine Treloar Memorial Committee
  • School Captains Ms Ava Thornley and Mr Campbell Rider and Vice Captain Ms Erika Palomares from Albert Park College
  • Ms Sophia Thomson and Mr William Athanasakis Students from Oakleigh Grammar
Photo Peter Ford 2016
The Ode was read by Committee member, Mr Ange Kenos (pictured above), who is also President of the Essendon RSL. During the playing of the Last Post, myself and Committee member, Mr Chris Mingos, lowered and raised the Australian and Greek flags.
Photo Peter Ford 2016
Under the direction of Oakleigh Grammar Teacher Anastasia Spanos, students from Oakleigh Grammar (pictured above) sang the Greek and Australian national anthems.
A short video of the event has been posted by Mr Iakovos Garivaldis, OAM, of the Thessaloniki Association "The White Tower". Thanks to Iakovos for preparing this video for us.You can view this video by clicking here.
If you would like to read and download our Press Release on the event, please click here. .
Copies of the media reports in the Greek language can be read by clicking here for Neos Kosmos and here for Ta Nea. A big thank you to both national Greek community newspapers for covering our event.
Below are more photos from the commemorative event.
Father Chris Dimolianis, Lee Tarlamis, Nick Kydas along with Eleni and Michael Ciprian. Photo Peter Ford 2016

On behalf of the Committee, Lee and myself thank all those who attended our event and all those who helped us with its organisation. In particular we would like to thank the Hon Ted Baillieu for his address, Cr Bernadene Voss, the Hon Gavin Jennings MP and Murray Thompson MP. We would also like to thank our piper Mr Steve Campbell-Wright, Faye Threlfall and the Creswick Light Horse Troop re-enactment group as well as Eleni and Michael Ciprian representing the Lemnian Community of Victoria in traditional dress. 
Oakleigh Grammar students at the Memorial. Photo Peter Ford 2016
And also a special thank you to the students from Oakleigh Grammar and Albert Park Secondary College. Thanks to Mr Steve Cook, Principal Albert Park Secondary College and to Ms Anastasia Spanos from Oakleigh Grammar for assisting their students and for attending.
Members of our Committee at the Memorial with the Hon Ted Baillieu. Photo Peter Ford 2016
Lee and myself would like to thank all members of our Committee who volunteered their time to assist with the commemorative service, especially all members of our Commemorative Service Sub-Committee - Ms Christina Despoteris (Chair), Ange Kenos, Terry Kanellos, Nick Kydas, Deb Stewart, Arlene Bennett - and Committee member Chris Mingos.
We would especially thank Christina who chaired the Committee and organized the invitations and publicity for the event. Well done.
Thank you to Graeme Watson and the Electrical Trades Union for the use of the public address system for the event - and for their support for Memorial.
Our President provides the following message in conclusion:
"On behalf of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee I would like to thank all those who participated in and attended the first anniversary and first annual commemorative event for the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial on Saturday at Albert Park.
This Memorial displays the richness of the Hellenic connection to Anzac and is a permanent legacy of those diggers and nurses who served on Lemnos in 1915 and of the enduring relationship established between Australia and Greece so long ago.
It was an honour to have so many people attend this commemorative event to pay tribute to those soldiers, nurses and local Lemnians who lives were so dramatically affected by war over 100 years ago.
It was especially heartening to see so many young participants in this service as part of the catafalque party, in traditional Lemnian, nursing and military attire, school captains from Albert Park College and of course the Oakleigh Grammar choir.
This was the first of many more commemorative events at this Memorial and I sincerely thank everyone for there assistance, participation and attendance in making this event the success that it was."
Jim Claven
Secretary
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

The Hon Ted Baillieu talks to students from Oakleigh Grammar. Photo Kostas Deves 2016
The Hon Gavin Jennings MP talks to students from Oakleigh Grammar. Photo Kostas Deves 2016

Photo Kostas Deves 2016
Photo Kostas Deves 2016

Photo Kostas Deves 2016
Photo Kostas Deves 2016

Photo Peter Ford 2016

Cr Bernadine Voss lays her wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

The Hon Gavin Jennings lays his wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

The Hon Ted Baillieu lays his wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Lee Tarlamis lays his wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Murray Thompson MP lays his wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Lieutenant Commander Cassandra Mohapp, RAN, lays her wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Terry Kanellos  lays his wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Nick Kydas lays his wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Jan McCarthy lays her wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Arlene Bennett lays her wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Marlene Varvara lays her wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Iakovos Garivaldis lays his wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Michael Houdalakis and John Nikolakakis lay their wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Cr Jim Grivokostopoulos slays his wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Peter Andrinopoulos lays his wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Kostas Tseprailidis lays his wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Litsa Athanasiadis lays her wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Steve and Mary Tsaganis lay their wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Nickolas Krikelis lays his wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

School Captains Ms Ava Thornley and Mr Campbell Rider from Albert Park College lay their wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Ms Sophia Thomson and Mr William Athanasakis Students from Oakleigh Grammar lay their wreath. Photo Peter Ford 2016
Michael Houdalakis, Jim Claven and Historian Peter Ewer. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Lieutenant Commander Cassandra Mohapp, RAN, with Major Terry Kanellos. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Eleni Ciprian with Steve and Mary Tsaganas. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Photographer Peter Ford with Ange Kenos. Photo Peter Ford 2016

The Hon Ted Baillieu with Jonathan Rossi. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Father Chris Dimolianis with Lee Tarlamis. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Photo Peter Ford 2016

Photo Peter Ford 2016

The Hon Ted Baillieu and lee Tarlamis with Oakleigh Grammar students. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Sculptor Peter Corlett OAM, with the Hon Gavin Jennings MP and members of the Committee. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Lee Tarlamis, Christina Despoteris, Jim Claven with piper Steve Campbell-Wright. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Photo Peter Ford 2016

Photo Peter Ford 2016

Eleni Ciprian. Photo Peter Ford 2016
Photo Peter Ford 2016

Marlene Varvara and members of the Lemnian Community of Victoria. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Photo Peter Ford 2016

Photo Peter Ford 2016

Photo Peter Ford 2016

Photo Peter Ford 2016

Photo Peter Ford 2016

The Hon Ted Baillieu with members of the Committee. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Steve and Susan Campbell-Wright. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Researcher and Photographer Paul Sougleris. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Christina Despoteris. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Cr Bernadine Voss, Mayor of the City of Port Phillip. Photo Peter Ford 2016

Photo Peter Ford 2016

Photo Peter Ford 2016

Photo Jim Claven 2016

Christina Despoteris with Murray Thompson MP. Photo Jim Claven 2016

Steve Campbell-Wright, Gavin Jennings MP, Peter Corlett OAM and Susan Campbell-Wright. Photo Jim Claven 2016

Ange Kenos with members of Melbourne's Peloponnese-Australian community. Photo Jim Claven 2016

Photo Jim Claven 2016

Photo Jim Claven 2016

Photo Jim Claven 2016

Photo Jim Claven 2016

Photographer Arthur Bregiannis and Cr Jim Grivokostopoulos. Photo Jim Claven 2016

Ange Kenos. Photo Jim Claven 2016

Christina Despoteris. Photo Jim Claven 2016

The Hon Ted Baillieu and Lee Tarlamis. Photo Jim Claven 2016

Photo Jim Claven 2016

Vicki Kyritsis and Jim Claven. Photo Jim Claven 2016
Photo Jim Claven 2016

Former Veterans Affairs Minister, the Hon Alan Griffin MHR, with Lee Tarlamis.  Photo Jim Claven 2016