Today, 100 years since the first 40 nurses arrived on the island on Lemnos, ready to care for the wounded men of the WWI Gallipoli campaign, the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial will be unveiled.
The memorial commemorates the role of the Greek island of Lemnos in Australia’s ANZAC story and is dedicated to the Australian nurses and soldiers who served there during the Gallipoli campaign in 1915, to the 148 Australian soldiers who remain buried there and to the local Lemnian community who supported them.
The Memorial has been created by Australia’s pre-eminent commemorative sculptor, Mr Peter Corlett, OAM. Mr Corlett has created some of Australia’s most endearing and moving commemorative sculptures, such as Weary Dunlop in Melbourne’s Domain gardens, Cobbers at Fromelles in France, the Bullecourt Digger in France, Simpson and his Donkey 1915 in Canberra and the Australian Light Horse Memorial at Beersheeba, Israel.
Join us for the unveiling will take place at 11am today at Foote Street Reserve in Albert Park.