The George Devine Treloar Memorial Committee, established by Merimna Pontion Kyrion of Oceania, has appointed Lis Johnson to produce the statue of Major George Devine Treloar to be located in Ballarat’s Sturt Street Gardens. A “Meet the Artist” evening dinner will be held at Eleni’s Kitchen & Bar on Thursday, 30 May to give people the opportunity to meet the sculptor and better understand the work.

The sculpture will be created to honour the work of Treloar who assisted over 100,000 refugees from Asia Minor to settle in Northern Greece in the 1920s. The important work will be unveiled on 8 September 2019, in the presence of David Treloar, son of George, as well as other members of the family.

Litsa Athanasiadis, chair of the committee, has worked tirelessly with the other members of the group since 2015 to ensure the creation of the statue. She announced the appointment of Ms Johnson as the work’s sculptor due to her “extensive experience in sculpting, as she has produced many large-scale bronze memorials including the portrait bust of Sir John Gorton, The Vietnam War Memorial in Victoria and the WWI soldier Albert Lowerson.”

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The statue will be 100 per cent life-size and will include a young refugee girl.

“Of course, all of this would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the generous financial support of our sponsors,” Ms Anastasiadis said.

Bookings are essential to attend the “Meet the Artist” evening dinner.

When: 7pm, Thursday 30 May

Where: Eleni’s Kitchen & Bar at 28 Anderson Street, Yarraville

Contact: Penny on 0409 850109 (bookings are essential)