‘From Imbros Over the Sea’: Photographic exhibition and lecture by Jim Claven in Sydney


The 42nd Greek Festival of Sydney, in collaboration with The Imvrians Society of Melbourne, has announced “From Imbros Over the Sea,” a captivating photographic exhibition and lecture curated by esteemed historian Jim Claven OAM.

This exhibition pays tribute to the pivotal role played by the Northern Aegean island of Imbros (Imvros) in the Gallipoli campaign during World War I.

Jim Claven OAM is a distinguished historian with academic qualifications from Melbourne’s Monash University. With over ten years of research into various facets of Hellenic culture and history, his work delves deep into the Hellenic link to Australia’s ANZAC story. Claven is a published author and freelance writer, having contributed numerous historical articles to journals and newspapers worldwide. His books, including “Lemnos & Gallipoli Revealed” (2019), “Grecian Adventure” (2022), and his most recent publication “From Imbros Over The Sea: Imbros & Gallipoli Revealed” (2023), showcase his extensive archival and field research.

In addition to his scholarly endeavours, Claven has delivered historical presentations on the Hellenic link to ANZAC in Australia and Greece, including at the Athens War Museum. As Secretary of Melbourne’s Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, he has spearheaded significant commemorative projects, such as the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial, the Australian Pier Memorial on Lemnos, and the Lemnos Gallipoli Photographic Exhibition, among others.

“Pollard’s donkey ride” Kephalos, 1915-16 (Book Image 35). Courtesy William Pollard/Cross & Cockade Archive.
“Pollard’s donkey ride” Kephalos, 1915-16 (Book Image 35). Courtesy William Pollard/Cross & Cockade Archive.

The exhibition, part of the 42nd Greek Festival program, showcases the rich cultural heritage and contributions of the Greek community in Australia. The exhibition was created by the Imvrian Society of Melbourne, with the support of the Victorian Government and Victorian Veterans Council.

Festival Chair Nia Karteris expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “This exhibition is a testament to the shared history between Imbros and Australia. It vividly portrays a crucial era, highlighting the bravery and sacrifices made by those who served during the Gallipoli campaign.”

The “From Imbros Over the Sea” Photographic Exhibition & Lecture will be held on Sunday, 7th April 2024, starting at 4:00 pm at the Prince Henry Centre. Admission is free, but bookings are essential.

Event Details:

  • What: From Imbros Over the Sea | Exhibition & Lecture by historian Jim Claven OAM
  • When: Sunday 7 April 2024 | 4:00 pm
  • Venue: Prince Henry Centre, 2 Coast Hospital Rd, Little Bay NSW 2036
  • Free event – Bookings essential via https://trybooking.com/CONZQ

For more information on the programme and to book tickets to selected events, please visit: www.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au




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