The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Goldfields War Museum, in partnership with Museum of the Goldfields and the Boulder and Kalgoorlie Returned and Services League, will be launching the “Poppies for Peace” project this ANZAC Day.
The project will involve the community coming together to knit or crochet red, purple and white poppies to commemorate the centenary since the end of the Great War, which took place on 11 November 1918.
The poppies will be used for a spectacular wreath and garland installation which will be suspended from the headframe at Museum of the Goldfields, and to create a poppy field on the grass verge outside the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Administration Offices on Hannan Street.
The dedication of the new poppy installation will be held at the Museum of the Goldfields on 11 November 2018 and is the final event to commemorate the centenary of the Great War. So why red, purple and white poppies? The red poppy was inspired by the World War I poem In Flanders Fields. They were first adopted y the American Legion to commemorate American soldiers killed in the Great War.
The white poppy is an international symbol of remembrance for all casualties of war – civilians and armed forces – and of peace. They were first produced by the Cooperative Women’s Guild in Britain in 1933, who pledged themselves to work for the end of the war. The purple poppy commemorates all the animal deeds and sacrifices in war.
Join the poppy making bee on the first Wednesday of every month:
- 6pm to 8pm
- British Arms Hotel, Enter via the laneway next to the Federal Hotel.
Poppy patterns are available from:
- Goldfields War Museum
- Museum of the Goldfields
- Both the Kalgoorlie and Boulder RSL’s
- William Grundt Memorial Library
- Eastern Goldfields Community Centre
- Pure Gold Visitor Centre
You are welcome to use your own poppy patterns as well.
Completed poppies can be dropped off at any of the above points.