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Jim Claven

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The Taste of Freedom – Melbourne’s Pammesinians celebrate 1821 with a showcase of Peloponnesian food, wine and philotimo!

We all know that food, drink and hospitality are an essential element of Hellenic culture. History tells us that this is as much a facet of Greek life today as …

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Escaping the Mani – The WWII Odyssey of Camberwell’s Captain Robert Vial

I have written previously about some of the Allied escapes from the coastal villages of the Mani following the German capture of Kalamata in late April 1941, including that of …

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New WW1 photographs of Lemnos discovered

You would think that after more than a century that there wouldn’t be much new to discover about the Gallipoli campaign – and particularly the Greek Aegean Island of Lemnos’ …

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Celebrating the Greek Revolution: A Grecian guide to Edinburgh, the Athens of the North

Classical Greece’s impact on civilisation was immense, its influence stretching far and wide. And when communities throughout the western world experienced their own period of greatness, they reached back to …

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‘Po Atarau’ or ‘Now is the Hour’ – The Lost Song of Sfakia

Music and song is an important element of human endeavor and interaction. Whether at times of celebration or times of sadness, we all can be touched by an appropriate tune …

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The Art of Sacrifice: A new book celebrates George Petrou’s commemorative art

Many readers will be aware of Melbourne artist and graphic designer, George Petrou OAM and his paintings of individual Anzacs and celebrated Australians. His distinctive paintings which vividly bring to …

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Celebrating the Greek Revolution: An American photographer in 19th century Athens

One of the scenes that comes to mind when we think of our next trip to Greece is the view as we look up to the Acropolis from its surrounds. …

A digger’s tale from Newport and Brunswick to Lemnos – The Anzac Voyage of Alec Holland

Alec Holland was sent as a reinforcement to a unit in which experienced tradesmen like himself were especially valued. An engineering support unit, the 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train …

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Remembering Oakleigh’s Private George Foot and his odyssey of escape across Mani in 1941

Our local community has become a little bit famous in recent years as one of the key homes of Melbourne’s large Hellenic Australian community. For many it has become the …

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“This Brilliant Victory” – Remembering the Battle of Navarino and its Australian Connection

“This Brilliant Victory.” The words announcing the success of the Allied fleet over the Ottoman’s at Navarino on 20th October 1827 are not from an English newspaper. The words are …

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