Poppies for the Anzacs

Tower of London Poppies

‘Tower of London Poppies’ By Mark Skarratts (CC BY 2.0)

Poppies at the Tower

‘Poppies at the Tower’ By Amanda Slater (CC BY-SA- 2.0)

888,246 ceramic poppies spilling into the moat of the Tower of London, each representing a British or colonial death during the First World War. (And remember, this is only one side of the conflict!) The installation is called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. It’s both beautiful and heartbreaking.

Anzac Day, 25th April, is the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand soldiers during the First World War. With the centenary of the landing at Anzac Cove (on the Gallipoli Peninsular in Turkey) coming up, here in QUT Library we’ve been crocheting, knitting and sewing poppy flowers. All the nimble-fingered have contributed – Library and Faculty colleagues, family and friends. Here’s the amazing result – more than one thousand beautiful poppies!

ANZAC poppy display in the Library

Library foyer, Kelvin Grove

ANZAC poppy display in the Library

Library entrance, Kelvin Grove

 

ANZAC poppy display in the Library

Library foyer, Kelvin Grove

ANZAC poppy display in the Library

Curriculum collection, Level 4, Kelvin Grove Library

 

To find out about more the Anzacs and the way their sacrifice is commemorated in Australia and New Zealand, click any of these –

 

 

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