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ANZAC Day Commemoration in Athens

The Australian Embassy in Athens hosted the annual Anzac Day commemoration on Tuesday 25 April at 11:00 am at the Phaleron Commonwealth War Cemetery.

Anzac Day is an important occasion to honour the sacrifice and courage of the original Anzacs and of all our servicemen and women who have given their lives in times of war.

The commemoration was attended by the Minister for National Defence of the Hellenic Republic, the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff and Ambassadors and Deputy Heads of Mission of 15 countries as well as students from both the St Lawrence College in Athens and the first junior High School of Voula.

The service was attended by more than 100 people, among them Australians and New Zealanders based in Greece and others who travelled from home to honour the courage and sacrifice of our servicemen and women.


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17 Embassies support Athens Pride 2016


Diplomats support Athens Pride 2016

Diplomats from the Embassies of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA in Greece will once again be expressing their support for the Athens Pride festival and parade on June 11, 2016 by taking part in the day-long event.

The theme of this year’s Athens Pride “Women are Made Not Born/Men are Made Not Born” pays special attention to the challenges transgender people encounter.  Our countries strongly support the rights of all LGBT people as part of our commitment to universal human rights.

Annual LGBT pride events take place around the world, usually in June.  Pride events, along with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in May, serve to reaffirm the equality and dignity of all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Honouring Women in War


On 31 August 2015, a group of sixty nurses from Australia and New Zealand embarked on a commemorative journey to remember the Anzac Nursing sisters of 1915.

This voyage, organised by researcher Ms Clare Ashton, will take the group to Lemnos where they will re-enact the August 1915 arrival of the Australian nurses.

Before departing from the port of Piraeus, the group assembled at the Phaleron Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery to honour the fallen and begin their journey.

Ambassador Griffin and Embassy staff were there to welcome the group and wish them well on their voyage. 


MH17 National Memorial Service

Transcript of The Prime Minister The Hon. Tony Abbott MP address to the MH17 National Memorial Service
Parliament House, Canberra


100th Anniversary Commemoration, Lone Pine, Gallipoli

On 6 August 2015 the Australian Government will conduct a commemorative service to mark the centenary of the August Offensive at the Lone Pine Cemetery on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey.

Visitors planning to attend the commemoration will need to register on the Gallipoli 2015 website at can also follow ‘Gallipoli 2015’ on Facebook or ‘@Gallipoli2015AU’ on Twitter for updates.


Embassies “Take a Stand” to Support Athens Pride 2015

Athens – The Embassies of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the UK, and the USA in Greece are supporting the Athens Pride festival and parade on June 13, 2015.

Our countries strongly support the rights of LGBT people, as part of our commitment to universal human rights. Events such as Athens Pride, whose theme this year is “Take a Stand,” are part of international efforts to combat the violation of human rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Annual LGBT pride events take place around the world, usually in June. The events mark the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City in 1969, widely seen as the birth of the movement to secure equality for LGBT people.


Donation of Australian literature books to School of Philosophy in Athens


On 9 June 2015 the Australian Ambassador John Griffin visited the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and met with the school’s Dean Ms Eleni Karamalegkou as well as Professors from the Department of English Language and Literature. The Embassy donated 33 Australian modern and classic novels to the Department’s library.


Ambassador visits Thessaloniki, Thrace and Bulgaria


During the week of 31 May – 6 June Australian Ambassador John Griffin travelled to Thessaloniki where he opened the 15th Greek Australian International Legal & Medical Conference. While in Thessaloniki, the Ambassador visited the British Military Cemetery in Kalamaria and laid a flower on the grave of Sister Getrude Munro, Australian Army Nursing Service, who died in 1918 in Thessaloniki. He then went on to visit Kavala, Komotini and Xanthi, where he met local officials and community representatives, as well as Thrylorio village, which was founded in 1922-1923 by Australian George Devine Treloar, League of Nations Commissioner for Refugees. Ambassador Griffin also visited the First Reception Centre at Orestiada.
Following his visit to Thrace, Ambassador Griffin travelled to Sofia to award medals to three female recipients of the annual Australian Mathematics Competition and to present the acclaimed Australian film The Turning (2013), which was screened in the Sofia Cinema House on 5 June to an audience of 130 people.


Battle of Crete Commemorations


Memorial services to mark the Battle of Crete were held in the Municipalities of Rethymno and Chania, honouring all those who served and fought in Crete during the second World War. Services at the Rethymno Greek-Australian War Memorial, at the Souda Bay Commonwealth Cemetery and at Maleme were attended by officials and local community members. The Australian Embassy’s First Secretary and the Australian Defence Attaché in Southeast Europe were present and laid wreaths to commemorate the fallen. Every year, during the Battle of Crete Commemorations, the Australian Embassy presents highest ranking students in Crete with two scholarships on behalf of the Returned & Services League (RSL).


Australian Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour visits Volos, Greece


As part of its 2015 World Voyage, STS Young Endeavour visited Volos 4-6 April 2015. A reception was hosted on board the ship on 5 May by the Australian Ambassador Mr John Griffin and the ship’s Commanding Officer, LCDR Gavin Dawe, which was attended by approximately 60 people, among them the Mayor of Volos, as well as Prefecture Representatives and local community members. During the ship’s twelve month circumnavigation of the globe, crews of Royal Australian Navy personnel and more than 200 young Australians will have the chance to join and train with the ship. Part of Young Endeavour’s journey was to attend the Anzac Centenary Commemorations in April 2015 and to participate in the 2015 International Tall Ship Races in the North Sea.


Anzac Centenary Commemorations in Athens

Photos by Carlo Raciti, CR photography

The annual commemoration for Anzac Day was held at the Phaleron Commonwealth War Cemetery and was attended by many prominent guests and community members. The service was supported by the Hellenic Defence Forces and two contingents from the Australian naval vessel HMAS Success. The memorial service was followed by an informal reception at the Ambassador’s Residence, where the Embassy showcased an audio-visual and photographic exhibition of materials from the Gallipoli campaign, courtesy of the Australian War Memorial and the State Library of NSW.

Among many visiting Australians who wished to mark the Centenary of Anzac in Greece, a Cadet contingent visited Athens and Lemnos to attend the ceremonies. The Australian Ambassador hosted an afternoon tea at the Residence to honour their participation and efforts to further strengthen the bond between Australia and Greece.


Visit of HMAS Success to Athens

Photos by Carlo Raciti, CR photography

To mark the Centenary of Anzac and to acknowledge  the special role played by Lemnos in the Gallipoli campaign, HMAS Success took part in official commemorations in Lemnos and Athens. The visit to Greece by HMAS Success, a battle tanker, was the first such visit since 2005. She carries a crew of 235 and has been deployed in the Middle East region since December 2014, conducting operations under the Combined Maritime Forces and under NATO.

A reception was hosted on board HMAS Success on 23 April in Piraeus, by the ship\'s Commanding Officer Capt. Justin Jones, RAN and the Australian Ambassador Mr John Griffin. 


ANZAC Centenary Commemorations on Lemnos


This year marks one hundred years since the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) took part in the Gallipoli campaign launched in April 1915. The island of Lemnos played an important role as a staging point and hospital station in the Gallipoli campaign.

In recognition of this, a significant Greek and Australian military, government and community presence took part in commemorations on the island from 17-20 April 2015 to mark the Centenary of Anzac.

The Australian delegation was led by Ambassador, John Griffin, and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett. To acknowledge the special role played by Lemnos in the Gallipoli campaign, a Royal Australian Navy vessel, the HMAS Success, visited Lemnos to take part in the official commemorations.