Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the ANZAC centenary, marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in WWI. In 2015, there will be a large number of activities to commemorate the ANZAC Gallipoli landing.
From its association with the poppies which flowered in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli, the poppy has become a symbol of both great loss in war and hope for those left behind. As part of the 2015 ANZAC Commemoration, the 5000 Poppies project will
plant a field of more than 5000 poppies in Fed Square, Melbourne as a stunning visual tribute to Australians who serve in peace keeping operations, conflicts and wars.
All handcrafters are invited to make one or more poppies for this project. The poppies can be crocheted, knitted, felted or sewn from any materials. Any shade of red can be used and poppies should be no more than 15 cm in diameter. There is no entry fee and contributors will provide their own materials. Complete the submission form to send with your poppy/ies.
Patterns are meant to be a guide only. Feel free to try other materials and embellishments to make your poppies unique. Enjoy the process, but beware… it’s addictive.
NSW Poppy collection points
- Trish Fleming, 52 Ray Road, Epping
- Robyn Bailey, 106b Pacific Highway, Swansea
- Tweed Heads Library, corner Wharf & Brett Streets, Tweed Heads
- Murwillumbah Library, Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah
- Kingscliff Library, Turnock Street, Kingscliff
If you would like to help collect and send poppies to poppy headquarters, contact them.