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submitted by Nick Andriotakis on 20.12.2012

Symposium on the Battle of Crete and The Greek campaign

Dear Anzac Family

The Academic Symposium on the Battle of Crete and The Greek campaign, held on Thursday Dec 6th 2012 in the New South Wales (NSW) State Parliament Building was a well attended and successful event . The Symposium was sponsored by the NSW Government . The symposium was attended by 170 people including the NSW State Minister of Veterans affairs Charlie Lyn , Sophie Cotsis MLC , The Greek Ambassador, Canberra, Harris Dafaranos, the Greek Consulate General of Sydney, Vasilios Tollios, John Pandazopoulos MP(VIC) and many Anzac families from Australia and New Zealand .The speakers were

• Professor Joy Damousi - University of Melbourne ( our keynote speaker)

• Dr Ian Frazer - retired senior lecturer University of Otago ,and author will speak on "History of Escape and Evasion in Enemy Occupied Crete 1941- 1943"

• Dr Brian Taaffe - New Zealand author : The Gate Keepers of Galatas - about his father's involvement on Crete

• Susanna De Vries about her book - Blue Ribbons Bitter Bread on the life of on Joice Nan Kivell Loch.

• Dr Maria Hill discussing the Australian relationship with the Greeks during WW2

• Dr Michael Bendon (archaeologist) talking about his discovery of sunken naval craft off the coast of Crete: and

The link below leads to an article on the Symposium that appeared in Neos Kosmos newspaper.

The Joint Committee wishes to thank all who spoke and attended the Symposium.

Nick Andriotakis

Committee Member

Joint Committee for the
Commemoration of the
Battle of Crete & The Greek Campaign

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