Whitsunday Regional Libraries Joins the 5000 Poppies Project

Proserpine Library opened its doors on Remembrance Day, to offer a cuppa & kick off the 5000 Poppies Project. The project, part of the Centenary of ANZAC, marks 100 years next year since Australia participated in WW1. Proserpine Library’s Team Leader, Robyn Batman, gained enthusiastic support from her colleagues to collaborate with their communities to knit or crochet 5000 poppies by May 2018. The call went out to the Knit-witters at Cannonvale Library to muster and start knitting poppies using the patterns supplied by the Poppies Project. The Bowen Crocheteers fully embraced the project with a head-start and guidance from the local Country Women’s Association Secretary, Eileen Crouch. The project has provided a perfect opportunity for learners to also join in and create a small, community-focused mini-enterprise at the Bowen Library every second Thursday; morning tea, crocheting hooks and wool provided.

The 5000 Poppies Project has some interesting background history; initiated by two Australian ladies whose fathers fought in WW11, their intent was to crochet a humble 120 poppies to “plant” at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, for Remembrance Day in 2013. The Project “has become an international tribute of respect and remembrance to those who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, their families and their communities.” Whitsunday Regional Libraries has, to date, created over 200 poppies with the intent to contribute as many as (humanly) possible to the Australian War Memorial by May next year. The War Memorial intends to install 62,000 knitted and crocheted poppies to mark the Centenary of the end of WW1. The number represents the loss of Australian lives during that devastating conflict.

About the author: Terry Mills-Edward is the Team Leader of Bowen/Collinsville Libraries.  Terry has been in this role for three years, focusing on creating vibrant, and twenty-first-century community hubs.

Bowen Library staff learning the ‘ropes’ from Eileen