Imbros and Gallipoli: Melbourne’s Imvrian Society to launch new exhibition

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The Imvrians’ Society of Melbourne will launch a new exhibition telling the story of how the island of Imbros was involved in the Gallipoli campaign and the ANZACs.

The exhibition will be launched on Friday, June 2 at 7pm at the Parkdale Greek Orthodox Church Community Hall in Parkdale, Victoria.

The exhibition has been curated by Melbourne historian, Jim Claven, who has been researching the role of Imbros in the campaign for over eight years.

“With the locals” Imbros, 1915-16. Photographer P.O. Bill Pollard. Courtesy William Pollard/Cross & Cockade Archive.

The exhibition showcases Mr Claven’s research and consists of a series of large panels, arranged around the key themes of the role of Imbros in the campaign.

On display are also archival photographs of Imbros taken by Australians and other Allied service personnel during the campaign, placed in context with text explaining the key aspects of Imbros’ role in the Gallipoli story.

The exhibition ends with the reproduction of Mr Claven’s own photographs of many of the same scenes today, taken during his field research trips to Imbros.

Historian Jim Claven undertaking his field research on Imbros. 2015. Photographer Jim Claven.

The Imvrian Society’s project coordinator, George Xinos, said the aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness on how this shared history between Imbros and Australia can be commemorated.

Mr Xinos said the Society wants to work to promote and help create a Gallipoli Heritage Trail on Imbros, similar to one recently begun on Lemnos island.

The exhibition will be launched at 7pm on June 2 at the Parkdale Greek Orthodox Church Community Hall, located at 56-58 The Corso, Parkdale. The exhibition has received funding support from the Victorian Government, Victorian Veterans Council and the City of Kingston.

Those interested in attending can reserve their place via Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/CHZBU.


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