Victoria’s popular 5000 Poppies Project is touring Gippsland before it goes on show at one of the world’s most recognised flower and garden events.
The 5000 Poppies Project is just one of Victoria’s ANZAC Centenary commemorative initiatives. It began when artists Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight set out to crotchet 120 poppies to “plant” at the Shrine of Remembrance in time for Remembrance Day in 2013.
The duo’s project captured the hearts of Victorians, prompting an estimated 50,000 volunteers to knit, sew or felt their own contribution to pay tribute to the Australian servicemen and women killed in war, conflicts or peacekeeping operations.
By the end of 2014, some 200,000 poppies had been made to honour Australia’s wartime contribution. By 2015, 250,000 poppies took pride of place at Federation Square. Now the Andrews Labor Government is committing $200,000 to send the captivating display to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The poppy is a symbol of remembrance for soldiers who have died at war, and hope for those left behind. The 5000 Poppies Project commemorates the important moments in Australia’s history, but also preserves the legacy of those memories for future generations to value.
Exhibitions are already open throughout Gippsland, including the Briagolong Mechanics Institute, the Morwell RSL, the Warragul Public Library and the Cowes RSL.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans, John Eren
“The 5000 Poppies Project is a stunning tribute to our servicemen and women. This is a great opportunity for the Gippsland community to see for themselves a project that’s captured Victoria’s heart.”
“These are some of the most defining moments in our history. By commemorating our wartime history, we’re ensuring the legacy of our veterans is preserved for future generations to cherish.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing
“Gippsland has a proud history of serving Australia during World Wars I and II and the many conflicts involving our nation since. This is our chance to pay tribute to the members of our community who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”
“The 5000 Poppies Project will be on show at various locations across the region, and I encourage everyone to get along and see for themselves this truly stunning tribute.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020