Tucked away in a quiet part of Port Melbourne was a park dedicated to the arts. One building was especially for artists working on sculpture. On a different side of the park was a theatre where plays were often presented.
I stood at one of the park’s entrances where the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial stood — a tribute to the Greek Island of Lemnos where nurses tended Australian soldiers from the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. A bay on the island sheltered allied ships awaiting to land on Turkey’s coast. And Australian soldiers were buried in the island’s military cemeteries.
After the war, many Greeks made their home in Melbourne. In fact, Melbourne had the largest population of Greeks outside of Athens at one time.