Daily Archives: March 12, 2016

House prices fall for the first time since 2012


House and unit prices are in decline across the nation’s capitals with Melbourne and Sydney weaker than other cities.

House prices across national capitals have fallen in January for the first time in three years as booming costs discouraged buyers and regulators slugged investors’ loan costs.

Both house and apartment prices fell for the first time since late 2012, but performances varied across state capitals.

Median house prices were down 0.4 per cent across the nation’s capitals to $695,788 in the December quarter. It was the first fall since the December quarter of 2012.

Neville Sanders, president of the Real Estate Institute of Australia, which produced the figures, said Sydney and to a lesser extent Melbourne were acting as a drag on the rest of the capitals.

0312housing-trends03“Strong growth in Hobart, Canberra and Brisbane, followed by marginal increases in Darwin and Perth, were unable to offset falling median house prices in Sydney and Melbourne while Adelaide recorded no change over the quarter,” Mr Sanders said.

Sydney has been slugged

“Sydney, the strongest market in the recent years, showed the largest decrease in median prices leaving some commentators speculating whether the city’s housing market has reached its peak,” Mr Sanders said.

Melbourne was reasonably steady with prices falling just 0.1 per cent to $718,000. Sydney was down 2.5 per cent to $1,025,478 while the largest rise, 9.8 per cent, was recorded in Hobart where the median price is $392,000.

Overall, apartments performed slightly worse than houses with the national capital city median price falling 0.7 per cent to $543,468.

There still aren’t many bargains

Despite the latest softening, median house prices were 7.4 per cent higher than in December 2014 and units are 5.7 per cent higher.

Housing still appeared to be over-valued with prices 18 per cent above the long term trend.

The weakness continued with Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showing a 4.3 per cent fall for new owner occupied housing loans to $20.5 billion for the month of January.

Enthusiasm from investors continued to wane, with investor housing loans down 1.6 per cent to $11.36 billion for January. Regulatory moves to push up the cost of investment loans is affecting the market strongly, with investor loans down 14.8 per cent to compared to a year ago, when they totalled $13.32 billion.

That decline results from moves by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) to discourage investors by pushing up the cost of investment loans.

Action on negative gearing by stealth

Shane Oliver, chief economist with AMP Capital, told The New Daily that the move away from housing investment was so marked that “it could mean that APRA has done to a degree what the supporters of restrictions to negative gearing aim to do”.

“Labor’s plan is to slow investor demand and raise revenue,” Mr Oliver said.

APRA’s moves have slowed demand but do not boost government coffers so an incoming Labor government may still choose to ban negative gearing on exiting properties, Mr Oliver said. “That could hit the market. If it had too much of an effect they might wind it back,” he said.

APRA seemed concerned that wealthy investors are getting around its tough investor rules by shifting their investment loans onto their owner-occupied mortgages to take advantage of lower rates.

The regulator has written to the major mortgage lending banks warning them to make sure they submit accurate figures on the breakdown of different loan types.

Mr Oliver says housing prices have been volatile over the last year with Sydney leading the field. “Auction clearing rates are back around 70 per cent in Sydney.”

Australian house prices are higher than comparative markets overseas.”Until recently Australia had a chronic under supply of over 100,000 dwellings.”

“Completions are at record levels but they are just catching up with the undersupply of prior years,” Mr Oliver said.


Now Klopp knows Anfield’s power: How and why Liverpool beat Man Utd


Anfield responded to Klopp’s rally cry

Finally Jurgen Klopp may have a sense of what Anfield can be like. He’s witnessed the stadium when the fans are arriving rather than leaving early, as has been the case on a couple of notable occasions so far in his reign.

The Kop was packed 30 minutes before kick-off, louder before a ball was kicked than for most of the games of his tenure to date. The pre-match rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was probably the longest the stadium has heard.


The task for Klopp is to build a team worthy of such occasions – and capable of ensuring there are far more of them. There was certainly an extra yard in the step of the Liverpool players in the early stages, players from both sides evidently affected by the atmosphere. The gauntlet has been thrown to the Stretford End ahead of the second leg.

Better late than never with Sturridge’s penalties

Daniel Sturridge was notorious by his absence when Liverpool were beaten in the penalty shoot-out against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup. He insisted on picking up the ball when the opportunity came here.

No doubt there was plenty of frustration in his left-footed strike to put Liverpool ahead. In the striker’s defence, he could barely walk at full-time at Wembley – and he was absent in the next game – but his determination to take responsibility on this occasion would have delighted his manager.

Liverpool’s successive defeats to United heading into this game were largely a consequence of being bereft of the strikers that ripped their rivals apart when Sturridge was in tandem with Luis Suarez. The difference when Sturridge is on the pitch and in the mood demonstrates the side is different proposition with him.



Greece hopes to empty refugee camp


Authorities in Greece hope an overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border can be emptied within two weeks, as people are slowly persuaded to move to nearby government-built shelters.

Nikos Toskas, a deputy minister for public order, ruled out using force to move the 14,000 people camped out at the border near the village of Idomeni in increasingly desperate conditions.

‘We have to persuade them (to move) and we can’t do that using tear gas. Half the people there are women and children,’ Toskas told private Mega television. Authorities say about 800 people have agreed so far to leave the camp, but more arrive daily.

Macedonia closed its borders to all migrants and refugees this week after several Balkan countries and Austria began imposing restrictions in February.

Meanwhile, around 650 migrants have arrived in the main port of Athens from islands in the eastern Aegean Sea.

They continue to take the dangerous sea route despite the route into northern Europe remaining closed.

The had arrived from Lesbos and Chios.Some could be seen leaving the port on foot while others made for the passenger terminals, which more than 3,000 people are currently using as a shelter.


MH370 search: ‘More debris found on beach in Mozambique’


Malaysia Airlines planes on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where the ill-fated MH370 flight took off. Photo: Joshua Paul

Johannesburg: A South African teenager has found debris that will be sent to Australia for testing as part of the investigation into the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane two years ago, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) says.

Liam Lotter, 18, told South Africa’s East Coast radio on Friday he found the piece of debris on a beach in Mozambique while on holiday in December and his family took it back to their home in South Africa.

He said that after a suspected part of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was found in Mozambique last week, his family made the connection with his find.

That white, metre-long chunk of metal is being tested by officials in Australia, with help from Malaysian authorities and representatives of manufacturer Boeing Co.

South African authorities plan to hand over the debris found by Lotter to the same Australian team.


Johnny Begue (right), who found plane debris in August 2015 on this beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. Photo: Reuters

“We are arranging for collection of the part, which will then be sent to Australia as they are the ones appointed by Malaysia to identify parts found,” said SACAA spokesman Kabelo Ledwaba.

Beijing-bound flight MH370 disappeared shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board. It is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean.

A piece of the plane’s wing was washed up on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion in July 2015.





Μουσικό κονσέρτο «Alexander the Great: Pioneering Multiculturalism»


Ο συνθέτης Χρήστος Ιωαννίδης

Για τα τριαντάχρονα του Αυστραλιανού Ινστιτούτου Μακεδονικών Σπουδών

To Αυστραλιανό Ινστιτούτο Μακεδονικών Σπουδών, γιορτάζοντας τριάντα χρόνια παραγωγικής δράσης στην Αυστραλία, οργανώνει εντυπωσιακό κονσέρτο στο πλέον άρτιο μέγαρο μουσικής, που διαθέτει η Μελβούρνη, το Elizabeth Murdoch Hall, με θέμα «Μέγας Αλέξανδρος: Πρωτοπόρος Πολυπολιτισμού» («Alexander the Great: Pioneering Multiculturalism»). Το μουσικό αυτό έργο έχει συνθέσει με πολύ μεράκι ο γνωστός μουσικοσυνθέτης Χρήστος Ιωαννίδης και αναφέρεται στη γέννηση, την εφηβεία και τον Αριστοτέλη, το στρατιωτικό έργο, την κατάκτηση της Ασίας, την προβολή της ελληνικής ιδέας και πολιτισμού, τη λειτουργία της πρώτης πολυπολιτιστικής αυτοκρατορίας, τον θάνατο του μεγάλου Έλληνα στρατηλάτη και τους διαδόχους του, τη σχέση της Μακεδονίας με την Ελλάδα στο παρελθόν και στο σήμερα.

Η μουσική εναλλασσόμενη ανάλογα με τη θεματική, εμπεριέχοντας στοιχεία και μελωδίες σε ύφος άλλοτε δωρικό, άλλοτε μακεδονικό και άλλοτε της ανατολής, συνοδεύεται από μία υπερπαραγωγή από εικόνες, χρώμα και φως στις τεράστιες οθόνες του Elizabeth Murdoch Hall. Το όλο έργο στόχο του έχει μέσα από τη θέαση και τη μουσική να προωθήσει τη μουσική των αρχαίων Ελλήνων, το νόημα της Αλεξανδρινής κατάκτησης, το μήνυμα του ελληνικού πολιτισμού, γλώσσας και παράδοσης στην ασιατική ανατολή, και τις ιδιαιτερότητες της Μακεδονίας ως αναπόσπαστου πολιτισμικού χώρου της ελληνικής γης.

«Το κονσέρτο απευθύνεται στους Ελληνοαυστραλούς δεύτερης και τρίτης γενιάς, στους μη ελληνικής καταγωγής Αυστραλούς και σε όλους εκείνους που σέβονται την ενότητα και τη διαχρονικότητα του ελληνικού πολιτισμού και τη θέση της Μακεδονίας σε αυτόν τον πολιτισμό.

Ο Χρήστος Ιωαννίδης εμπνεύστηκε και συνέθεσε, προφανώς, το πλέον ώριμο έργο της μουσικής του παραγωγής, ως συνέχεια των «Ελεύθερων Πολιορκημένων» που είχε συνθέσει πριν αρκετά χρόνια» τόνισε ο πρόεδρος του ΑΙΜΣ, Καθηγητής κ. Α. Τάμης

Την ορχήστρα του κονσέρτου «Μέγας Αλέξανδρος: Πρωτοπόρος Πολυπολιτισμού» που θα αποτελείται από 25 μουσικούς θα διευθύνει ο διεθνούς κύρους μαέστρος και καθηγητής της Μουσικής του Πανεπιστημίου της Μελβούρνης Douglas Haywood. Τη μουσική του Χρήστου Ιωαννίδη θα αποδώσει χορωδία της Μελβούρνης από 40 άτομα με δύο τενόρους, μία σοπράνο και μία μεζο-σοπράνο.

Για την υλοποίηση του κονσέρτου εργάζεται ένα δίκτυο παραγωγών εικόνων και ηχητικών εφέ που συνοδεύουν τη μουσική, θα υπάρχουν τουλάχιστον δύο κάμερες καταγραφής του έργου και η όλη σύνθεση θα μαγνητοφωνηθεί από τους τεχνικούς του μεγάρου, με στόχο την προβολή του έργου στην Ελλάδα και την Κύπρο, αλλά και σε άλλες χώρες της Ευρώπης και της Αμερικής. Συνεργαζόμενοι φορείς είναι η Ελληνική Κοινότητα Μελβούρνης και Βικτωρίας και η Παμμακεδονική Ένωση Μελβούρνης και Βικτωρίας, ενώ εκτιμάται ότι κονσέρτο θα αποτελέσει μέρος των εκδηλώσεων των ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΩΝ 2016.

«Με το κονσέρτο αυτό επιχειρούμε συνειδητά να αναβαθμίσουμε τα εργαλεία προβολής του πολιτισμού μας στην Αυστραλία» δήλωσε ο υπεύθυνος εκδόσεων του ΑΙΜΣ, επίκουρος καθηγητής του Πανεπιστημίου Monash, Δρ. Βασίλειος Σαραφίδης.

«Το οπτικο-ακουστικό αυτό γεγονός καθορίζει ότι μετά τα χρόνια της εδραίωσης του Ελληνισμού στην Αυστραλία, μπαίνουμε στην περίοδο της διαδικτύωσης του Ελληνισμού. Μέσα από το έργο δίνουμε το μήνυμα, ότι στις δύσκολες συνθήκες που ζει ο ελλαδικός Ελληνισμός, η Ομογένεια είναι σε θέση από μόνη της να παράξει έργο και να προβάλλει τον ελληνικό πολιτισμό στην Αυστραλία» είπε ο κ. Σαραφίδης.

Το ΑΙΜΣ σύντομα θα κυκλοφορήσει ειδική διαφημιστική αφίσα και θα ανακοινώσει το ύψος της τιμής των εισιτηρίων, δηλώνοντας ότι θα υπάρχει πρόνοια και για οικογενειακό εισιτήριο και για τους ανέργους Έλληνες, που πρόσφατα μετανάστευσαν από την Ελλάδα και την Κύπρο. «Θα πλησιάσουμε μεγάλο αριθμό χορηγών και θα ζητήσουμε τη συστράτευσή τους» δήλωσε ο Ταμίας του ΑΙΜΣ, κ. Χρήστος Μάντζιος. «Προσβλέπουμε στη γενναιοδωρία τους καθώς και στη στήριξη των υπευθύνων των μέσων ευρείας ενημέρωσης για την προβολή του κονσέρτου» κατέληξε ο κ. Μάντζιος.


Το ΑΙΜΣ είναι ένας επιστημονικός φορέας έρευνας και μελέτης του Μακεδονικού Ελληνισμού, που απαρτίζεται από επιστήμονες και πάτρονες της τέχνης και του πολιτισμού και λειτουργεί στη Μελβούρνη της Αυστραλίας από τον Αύγουστο του 1986. Το Ινστιτούτο έχει στο ενεργητικό του τέσσερα διεθνή συνέδρια, πλήθος σεμιναρίων και δημόσιων διαλέξεων, την έκδοση πέντε συλλογικών τόμων και τριών περιοδικών για την ιστορία, γλώσσα και πολιτισμό της Μακεδονίας και καλεί ετησίως επισκέπτες καθηγητές για διαλέξεις σε ολόκληρη την Αυστραλία.

Το 2016 επισκέπτες καθηγητές του ΑΙΜΣ είναι ο γενικός γραμματέας της Εταιρείας Μακεδονικών Σπουδών, και πρώην πρόεδρος της Διακομματικής Επιστροπής για τον Απόδημο Ελληνισμό, Δρ. Βασίλειος Πάππας (Μάϊος 2016), και ο καθηγητής Νεότερης και Σύγχρονης Ιστορίας του Αριστοτελείου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης, ελλογιμότατος κ. Ιωάννης Μουρέλος (Νοέμβριος 2016). Το ΑΙΜΣ ενισχύει οικονομικά, με ετήσιες επιδοτήσεις, εφορίες αρχαιολογικών μνημείων στη Μακεδονία, υποτροφίες, χορηγίες σε ακαδημαϊκά συνέδρια που λαμβάνουν χώρα στη Θεσσαλονίκη. Έχει προσυπογράψει συμφωνίες συνεργασίας με το Πανεπιστήμιο Μακεδονίας, το Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης, το Μουσείο Μακεδονικού Αγώνα, το ΕΚΠΑ, την Εταιρεία Μακεδονικών Σπουδών και το Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης.

H επόμενη έκδοσή του έχει προγραμματισθεί για τον Απρίλιο του 2016.

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Πηγή:Νέος Κόσμος

“Πρέπει να λυθεί το εκκλησιαστικό και στη Ν. Αυστραλία”


Νίκος Μπόλκας: «Απαράδεκτο επί 23 χρόνια η Ελλάδα να μην εφαρμόζει τη συμφωνία με βίζα σε νέους για να έρχονται στην Αυστραλία»

«Έφθασε η στιγμή να επέλθει συμφιλίωση και στην Αδελαΐδα. Πιστεύω πως τώρα είναι η καταλληλότερη ώρα για να ξεκινήσει ο διάλογος μεταξύ της Αρχιεπισκοπής και της Ελληνικής Κοινότητας για την επίλυση του εκκλησιαστικού προβλήματος».

Την δήλωση αυτή έκανε, με συνέντευξή του στην αγγλική έκδοση του «Νέου Κόσμου» το περασμένο Σάββατο, ο ομογενής πρώην υπουργός Μετανάστευσης, Νίκος Μπόλκας.

Ο κ. Μπόλκας που γεννήθηκε και ζει στην Αδελαΐδα, σε παλαιότερες δηλώσεις του στην εφημερίδα μας, είπε ότι τον θλίβει το γεγονός ότι ενώ το εκκλησιαστικό έχει λυθεί σε όλη την Αυστραλία και έχει επέλθει συμφιλίωση στην ομογένεια, στη Ν. Αυστραλία εξακολουθεί να επικρατεί «διαίρεση».

«Δεν υπάρχει καμιά δικαιολογία για τη διαιώνιση αυτής της κατάστασης» μας είπε και άφησε να εννοηθεί ότι ο ίδιος δεν θα είχε αντίρρηση να παίξει διαμεσολαβητικό ρόλο.

Στην ίδια συνέντευξη, ο κ. Μπόλκας δηλώνει πως αν και πρωτοστάτησε στο να αναγνωρίσει η Αυστραλία τα Σκόπια ως «FYROM», εντούτοις, μερίδα της ομογένειας τον αντιμετώπισε άδικα, κυρίως, λόγω των εμπρηστικών δηλώσεων του πολιτειακού πρωθυπουργού, Τζεφ Κένετ, σε βάρος του, παραγνωρίζοντας το γεγονός ότι ήταν υπουργός Μετανάστευσης.

Δηλώνει ακόμα εξοργισμένος, που αν και ο ίδιος πρότεινε τη σύναψη διακρατικής συμφωνίας Ελλάδας-Αυστραλίας για χορήγηση τουριστικής βίζας σε νέους με δικαίωμα εργασίας (όταν ήταν υπουργός Μετανάστευσης) έχουν περάσει 23 χρόνια χωρίς να υλοποιηθεί ακόμα.

«Αυτό είναι απαράδεκτο. Πολλοί νέοι στερήθηκαν μιας μοναδικής ευκαιρίας και άλλοι έπεσαν και πέφτουν θύματα εκμετάλλευσης επειδή δεν έχει εφαρμοστεί ακόμα αυτή η συμφωνία» είπε.

Πηγή:Νέος Κόσμος

H Νία Βαρδάλος στη Μελβούρνη


Από αριστερά η Νία Βαρδάλος με τις συντάκτριες του «Νέου Κόσμου», Νέλλυ Σκουφάτογλου και Αναστασία Τσιρτσάκη

Η σεναριογράφος και πρωταγωνίστρια μιλά στο «Νέο Κόσμο» στην πρεμιέρα του «Γάμος α λα Ελληνικά 2»

Η εφημερίδα μας συνάντησε την Ελληνοαμερικανίδα ηθοποιό και σκηνοθέτη, Νία Βαρδάλος, το βράδυ της Τρίτης, 7 Μαρτίου, πριν από την επίσημη πρεμιέρα της ταινίας της «Γάμος α λα Ελληνικά 2», στη Μελβούρνη.

Η διάσημη σταρ μίλησε για την επιστροφή της στον κινηματογράφο, η οποία, όπως τόνισε, οφείλεται αποκλειστικά στην υιοθεσία της κόρης της.

«Η πρώτη ταινία μου έκλεισε, με την Τούλα να γίνεται μαμά. Δεν μπορώ να γράψω για κάτι που δεν ξέρω, άρα, δεν μπορούσα να γράψω τη συνέχεια» είπε, εξομολογούμενη ότι είχε εξαντληθεί ψυχολογικά από τις προσπάθειές της να γίνει μητέρα.

«Όλη μου η προσοχή, καθώς και του συντρόφου μου ήταν στραμμένη στο να αποκτήσουμε παιδί. Όταν πια η κόρη μας μπήκε στη ζωή μας, όλα άλλαξαν. Ξαναβρήκα το νόημα, ξαναβρήκα τον εαυτό μου και ήμουν έτοιμη να επιστρέψω πιο δυναμικά από ποτέ».

Η φανερά ανανεωμένη και ευδιάθετη Νία Βαρδάλος, σε άπταιστα ελληνικά μας είπε ότι δεν μετάνιωσε στιγμή για την απόφασή της να αποτραβηχτεί από τα φώτα της δημοσιότητας και να αφοσιωθεί στην προσωπική της ζωή.

«Δεν ήθελα να κάνω κάτι άλλο μέχρι να προσαρμοστεί η κόρη μας και δεν μετάνιωσα ποτέ ούτε για μια στιγμή, όπως εξηγώ και στο βιβλίο μου “Instant Mom”».

«Σε ό,τι αφορά τα κοινά χαρακτηριστικά μου με την Τούλα, αν και στην πρώτη ταινία ένιωθα ότι ενσαρκώνω απλώς έναν χαρακτήρα, τώρα θα παραδεχθώ, ότι, ναι, είμαι η Τούλα, είμαι η μάνα μου, είμαι η τυπική Ελληνίδα μάνα».

Γελώντας η πρωταγωνίστρια συνέχισε, τονίζοντας ότι ως παραδοσιακή Ελληνίδα μαμά, μπορεί να γίνει ασφυκτική καθώς δεν μπορεί να διανοηθεί να μην ξέρει ανά πάσα στιγμή πού βρίσκεται και τι κάνει η κόρη της.

«Εντάξει, η δική μου είναι μικρή ακόμη, αλλά παίζοντας την Τούλα κατάλαβα ότι δεν θα διαφέρω και πολύ από εκείνη όταν μεγαλώσει το παιδί μου. Κάπως έτσι με φαντάζομαι».

«Από τώρα την στέλνω στον παιδικό σταθμό με ταπεράκι γεμάτο μουσακά. Δηλώνω ένοχη, αλλά έτσι αγαπάμε εμείς».

Τέλος, όταν ρωτήθηκε τι θα απαντούσε σε όσους θεωρούν πως η ταινία ενισχύει με υποτιμητικό τρόπο το στερεότυπο του Έλληνα μετανάστη είπε «Κατ’ αρχάς, κανένας δεν ήρθε να μου πει ποτέ πως βρήκε την πρώτη ταινία υποτιμητική ή προσβλητική. Επίσης, είναι σάτιρα, είναι κωμωδία. Είμαι εγώ, η οικογένειά μου, η αλήθεια μου. Ελάτε να γελάσετε μαζί μου. Δεν έχω κανένα απολύτως πρόβλημα με αυτό!».

Πηγή:Νέος Κόσμος

Greek Cafes & Milk Bars of Australia


Effy Alexakis and Leonard Janiszewski.

A book by Leonard Janiszewski and Effy Alexakis

In an Australia we still remember, in each suburb and every country town, was the Greek café or milk bar – open all hours, 7 days a week.

Remember The Niagara, The Parthenon, The California, The Astoria and Paragon?

They gave us more than milkshakes, lollies, ice cream and home-style meals.

With Modernist designs, American gadgetry and coloured light, cafés brought atmosphere, a touch of glamour, at times a hint of Hollywood – a little break from the mundane reality of local life.

As the good old days faded away, Effy Alexakis and Leonard Janiszewski took their camera, tape recorder and pen into this vanishing world.

They captured the faces and stories, the style and the ethos that gave our popular culture one of its most memorable expressions.

Acclaimed actor Lex Marinos will try to convey some of our communities’ most inspiring stories.

The Sydney launch will take place at NSW Parliament House at 6.30 pm as part of the 2016 Greek Festival of Sydney, on Tuesday 15 March.

For further details or if you want to register early, please see the following website: http://www.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au/festival16/events/march/greek-cafés-and-milk-bars-of-australia.html

The duo will also be presenting a public lecture at the famous Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, on Sunday 3 April at 2.00 pm. Afternoon tea will be available for $12.

Copies of the book will be available from early April via http://www.cafesandmilkbars.com.au

source:Neos Kosmos

The lost photographs of Lemnos


Australian patients of A1 Ward, 3rd Australian General Hospital, Turks Head Peninsula, Lemnos, 1915. PHOTO: EVELYN HUTT COLLECTION.

Jim Claven uncovers an amazing collection of images recording the Hellenic link to ANZAC, never before seen by the public.

I have been researching the role of Lemnos in Australia’s ANZAC story for many years now. One of the aspects of that story that sparked my interest was the huge archive of thousands of photographs – as well as diaries and letters – vividly recording the experience of the thousands of ANZAC soldiers and nurses who came to this northern Aegean island in 1915. And my sadness is that they have been largely ignored by historians and have effectively remained hidden from a wider audience – both here and in Greece.

So imagine my excitement when I was contacted by the family of Anzac Sister Evelyn Hutt and shown a large collection of photographs never before seen by the public.

Evelyn’s daughter, Ms Judith Gunnarsson, and Ms Deb Stewart, Evelyn’s granddaughter, revealed a wealth of photographs and postcards – more than 330 – as well as important memorabilia from Evelyn’s years as an Australian nurse in the First World War. Sitting with Judith in her apartment in Melbourne’s Caulfield, I listened to the stories told to Judith by her mother.

As I turned the pages of Evelyn’s albums, I saw an amazing collection of images recording the Hellenic link to ANZAC. The photographs in Evelyn’s collection reflect many of the aspects of the story of the Anzacs on Lemnos in 1915.

Lemnos played a critical role in the Gallipoli campaign, and was part of the Anzacs’ experience of that disastrous campaign. Its great protected bay at Mudros, with its surrounding shores and proximity to the Dardanelles, ensured its selection as the Allies forward base for the campaign.

From the arrival of the first troops in February 1915 until the departure of the Allied invasion force in January 1916, Lemnos was home to tens of thousands Allied troops, medical and other support personnel. On its shores the Anzacs practiced their landing routines. Lemnos was home to major medical facilities including Australian field hospitals, and the town of Sarpi home to the great ANZAC rest camp to which the battle-weary Anzacs returned in September and October. And it was to Lemnos that the Anzacs were evacuated after the end of the Gallipoli campaign.


Two ANZAC soldiers – Private Oscar Keyte and Campbell (forename indecipherable) – with hired donkeys, Lemnos, 1915. PHOTO: EVELYN HUTT COLLECTION.

Twenty-seven-year-old Evelyn arrived on Lemnos on 8 August 1915 with the other nurses of the 3rd Australian General Hospital. She had sailed from Melbourne’s Princes Pier aboard the RMS Mooltan. Born in Bagdad in Tasmania, she was tall and looks confident in the portrait shots taken of her prior to her departure. In fact, the matron of the Hobart General Hospital, where she gained her nursing training, commended Evelyn’s work as “excellent” and wrote that she could “be entirely depended upon in an emergency”.

Evelyn and the other nurses were thrown into an emergency from the day they arrived. With the field hospital barely constructed on the rise above the Turks Head Peninsula, 200 patients arrived at the hospital before breakfast on 9 August. These were the first of hundreds of casualties flowing from the bitter fighting of the offensive that began on 6 August. By 13 August, Evelyn and her fellow nurses were treating 900 patients.

The Australian nurses endured summer heat and winter gales, all exposed on the peninsula jutting into the huge bay. Initially lacking basic medical equipment, the nurses and the other medical staff performed miracles in treating the sick and wounded. In the end, the nurses’ efforts would be singled out for commendation by the medical authorities.

Thousands of diggers and other Allied soldiers owed their lives to the care of Matron Grace Wilson and her nurses. Judith remembers Evelyn speaking of her enormous respect for Matron Wilson.

One of the 148 diggers who did not survive was Private Alfred Edwards of the 12th Battalion. We don’t know if Evelyn cared for him but he was a blacksmith from her home town of Bagdad in Tasmania. Only 19 years old, he died of wounds and was buried in the growing military cemetery established at Portianou.

We do know that Evelyn was touched by the diggers in her care. One dying digger with no sweetheart at home gave Evelyn a token to remind her of him. It was a Peruvian coin. Evelyn had it made into a brooch and Judith tells us that she treasured the brooch and never forgot about this young digger on Lemnos all those years before.

While on Lemnos, Evelyn was given two other gifts by diggers. One was an Ottoman soldier’s Koran and the other a hand-stitched Ottoman flag. The Koran records that it was taken from a Turkish soldier on 7 August 1915 – presumed killed at Lone Pine on the peninsula – by Kyneton-born Sergeant Robert Alexander Murdoch of the 4th Battalion. Evelyn would most likely have met Robert when he was admitted to her hospital in October suffering from dysentery. He recovered, returned to Gallipoli and finally came again to Lemnos in December. He survived the war.


Australian sisters with local villagers.

Evelyn’s photographic collection captures the life of the Anzacs on Lemnos, from the nurses arriving in Mudros Bay, rudimentary accommodation on the slopes of the peninsula, to the smart rows of tents that signalled the improved conditions at the hospitals on Lemnos. One is of two presumably Australian soldiers outside their tents, a box of Arnott’s biscuits at their feet – a reminder of home.

There is one photograph of young Australian soldiers, now patients in the A1 ward of Evelyn’s hospital on Lemnos. They stare into the camera, a few smiling and others more difficult to read. I wonder what suffering and horror they had witnessed and endured.

The collection also includes photographs of moments of relaxation. There is one of an army band marching through the hospital, entertaining the nurses and soldiers. Another shows a group of diggers acting up at the Anzac Rest Camp at Sarpi, across the bay from the hospitals, and often visited by the Australian nurses.

But for me some of the most important images are those featuring the interaction between the Anzacs and the local Lemnian community on the island. During the months that the Anzacs stayed on Lemnos, they spread out across the island, visiting its villages, kafenion and natural springs. Evelyn’s collection adds to the evidence of this experience.

We see a photograph of the 4th Battalion’s Private Oscar Keyte, a dentist from NSW, and another soldier standing with their hired donkeys, a village and the distinctive windmills of Lemnos behind them. There is one of a group of Anzacs, some on their donkeys, guided by local Lemnian children, most likely on their way to Therma and its natural hot springs.

Evelyn and many other Anzacs visited Portianou, one of the main villages on Lemnos. Her photographs show the village houses and lanes. One shows Australian nurses and soldiers with local women and children, entitled ‘Sisters – a day out’. Another is of a group of local village women and children at their work in the village.

There is a touching image of a local woman with her child talking to an Australian nurse and soldier beside a windmill above Mudros town. Despite the language barriers, the locals and their visitors were obviously able to communicate.

Lemnos was a rural island, with villagers grinding a living from its earth. Images reveal the hard life of the island – a farmer with his over-burdened donkey in a field, another ploughing a field and women washing in a local water source.

Yet there are others of the villagers at rest, a group of local men sitting in conversation, their dog at their feet, at the end of a day’s work. Evelyn’s collection also shows the religious life of Lemnos in an image of the highly-decorated screen in one of the local Greek Orthodox churches. These images are 100 years old and yet are timeless.

After the evacuation of the peninsula, Evelyn and the other Australian nurses departed Lemnos in January 1916 on their way to Egypt and beyond. When she pasted the last photographs of Lemnos in her album she wrote ‘Good-bye LEMNOS Island’.


Anzac soldiers on hired donkeys travelling on Lemnos, most likely on their way to the hot springs at Therma.

Evelyn would go on to serve in Egypt, France, England and in Italy, her service at the latter earning her the Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class. But she also records the streets and shops of the large and then cosmopolitan cities of Egypt. Her collection includes photographs of life in Egypt, its grand hotels and cafes, like Groppi’s, the Nile and the pyramids. Many of these will resonate with those Greek Australian’s with connections to Egypt and its former Greek community.

Evelyn returned to Australia and was discharged in December 1919. But she never forgot Lemnos and the diggers she cared for. She wore the brooch given to her by the young dying digger and always remembered Matron Wilson.

Evelyn’s memorabilia and photographs are a great addition to the Australian archive of Greece’s connection to the ANZAC story. Along with the collections of photographs of A.W. Savage held in the State Library of NSW and University of Queensland, as well as the thousands of images held in the Australian War Memorial, Evelyn’s collection underscores the important impact that Lemnos had on the thousands of ANZAC soldiers and nurses who went there over 100 years ago.


Tents of Evelyn’s 3rd Australian General Hospital, Turks Head Peninsula, Lemnos, 1915. Across the bay is the Anzac Rest Camp at Sarpi. In the foreground local Greek villagers visit the hospital. PHOTO: EVELYN HUTT COLLECTION.

It was an honour for me recently to assist Evelyn’s family in the donation of this amazing collection to the State Library of Victoria to ensure its preservation and accessibility to a wider public and future generations. This is an urgent reminder of the need to preserve these fragile records of the Hellenic link to Australia’s ANZAC story.

I am convinced that there could be many other similar collections of photographs, diaries, letters and other memorabilia lying forgotten in boxes and sheds across Australia. Many such collections have already been lost, often discarded unknowingly after the death of a veteran nurse or soldier. Time is running out to save what remains.

I urge anyone with an ANZAC veteran in their family history, nurse or soldier, to find out if any such items exist and to consider donating them to a public institution – like the State Library of Victoria – which is able to both preserve them and also to make them available, often digitally, to a wider public.
This should be one of the legacies of the Centenary of Anzac.

* Jim Claven is a historian and freelance writer. Secretary of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, he has worked to have the new Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park erected. He is currently preparing a new and major commemorative publication telling the story of the Hellenic link to Anzac in the words and photographs of the Anzacs themselves. The photographs of Evelyn Hutt will feature in this publication. He acknowledges the assistance of Evelyn’s daughter, Ms Judith Gunnarsson, and granddaughter, Ms Deb Stewart, in researching this story.

source:Neos Kosmos