The 4th “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival in Castellorizo 2019 (25/8 – 1/9/2019) is hosting a photograph exhibition entitled “ANZACS in Greece in World Wars I & II” courtesy of the Australian Embassy in Athens:


‘Anzac’ stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

On 25 April 1915, Australia and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition which set out from the Greek island of Lemnos to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. These became known as Anzacs and the pride they took in that name continues to this day. While the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the word Anzac came to refer to the qualities the soldiers displayed during that and subsequent battles: courage, service, selflessness and mateship. In World War II, the Anzacs served to defend Greece, including in the Battle of Crete in May 1941. The nurses of the Australian Army Nursing Service provided essential medical services often in harsh situations, working in hospitals such as the one set up in tents on Lemnos.

During those times, the Anzacs forged lasting bonds with the locals who with boundless generosity, bravery, and often at great personal risk, offered them shelter, protection and nourishment. The Anzacs in Greece also spent precious moments of respite and recuperation. This collection of photos offers a glimpse into moments the Anzacs spent in Greece – moments shared with mates and moments shared with locals who became their friends. These memories have been written into history. They are now part of the living friendship between Australia and Greece.


Exhibition Opening Hours | Municipal Hall of Megisti

Opening: Sunday 25 August 18:30 (Jon Philp, Chargé d’affaires, Australian Embassy in Athens)

Monday 26 August to Saturday 31 August: 10:00 – 13:00 & 18:00 – 20:00

Sunday 1 September: 10:00-13:00


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