Sorry to Make You Wait …

What an amazing, enormous day we had yesterday putting up our display.  We were so tired by the time we got home that I just could not lift a finger to the keyboard.  It was so much fun …. and we are thrilled with the result.  Marg and I must acknowledge Sue Egglestone and Anette McCrae for their help.  Many others offered but the area was simply too small to accommodate more … and as it turned out … despite being a very big and very full day … it was enough.


So … firstly … we must thank all of you who contributed poppies … large and small amounts … all incredibly heartfelt and all very much cherished.  This is your project … your tribute … your contribution, and Marg and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  There are also special thanks due to Ian and Pennie Cornwell, Margaret Battisson, Tim Lewis and Stuart Todd for the props and also Norma Gallacher for the loan of the wonderful memoir written by Janet Woolhouse which is sitting on the table.  We must also thank Fed Square for getting firmly behind the project … and giving us the space to show off … and they are thrilled with the outcome as are we.


We also had a visit from Ted Baillieu, Member for Hawthorn who is also Chairman of the Victorian Anzac Commemoration Committee (forgive me if I got that wrong).  He heard about the project from a friend of his (who had contributed poppies to the project) and just had to come and have a look … he phoned his good friend Neil Mitchell at 3AW and we did a very brief interview on the project which ended up giving us a massive amount of hits on the blog.  Ted thinks we are thinking too small and expects that we will have 500,000 poppies for ANZAC Day 2015.  That would be an interesting outcome to say the least.  So a fantastically successful day in all.


Last but certainly not least, we have Poppy Playtime in Fed Square on Monday.  We would love it if you would come along and join us for a couple of hours to knit, crochet and chat … and of course see our handiwork first hand.  It really is worth the visit.  12 midday until 2 p.m.  See you there.



About 5000 Poppies

The 5000 Poppies Project is a community tribute of respect and remembrance for our servicemen and women, their families and their communities. Created in 2013 by sisters in law Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight in honour of their fathers service in WWII, the project has been closely aligned with the Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018, and has consisted of a number of small and large scale installations made from handcrafted poppies from many thousands of contributors from all over the world.
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6 Responses to Sorry to Make You Wait …

  1. Fran Williams says:

    Congratulations from me to all of you! Great first effort, what is it going to be like in 2015?

  2. Beverley says:

    Greetings Lynn. l am donating 142 Poppies to your magnificent project. My Father served in WWII in Wewak, Milne Bay and Kokoda. 91 represent the age of my Father when he passed away.
    51 represents the years l had my wonderful Father. Together that totals 142. lm sure l will keep making more. You deserve an O.A. You get my vote. Grace to you. x

  3. Knitmonton says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!!! We just competed yarn-storming a home away from home for soldiers/family requiring medical services in our fair city, half way around the world. There is something special about poppies, isn’t there?!

    • 5000poppies says:

      There so is!!!
      We started in June, expecting to have around 500 poppies or so of the 5000 we were planning for to display in Fed Square which is our main art gallery right in the centre of the city for Remembrance Day this year which is tomorrow (Monday 11/11). To date … we have 4,300 with another 200 or so being delivered today. We will have 5000 before the end of November I expect and then … we still have another 17 months to go before our “big” display … the way things are going we expect to have 20,000 or more. There are major and minor regional towns making poppies as well and they are holding on to theirs for local commemorations and then sending them in to us for the big one in April 2015. So exciting that a little idea like this could end up being what it is …
      So congratulations on yours I would love to post some of your images on my blog and facebook page if you are agreeable.
      Lynn Berry

      • Please do share our pictures/project! We’ve shared your link on our FB page. I’m sure our winter install has quite a diff eat look than your! We too were hoping for 500 and received 1111… most appropriate, don’t you think! And you may need to change your goal to 10,000 since you have a ‘few’ months to go!

  4. Vera Rayson says:

    Hi Lynn and Marg,
    What a wonderful display and thanks for the photos. I love it, only wish I could see it for real.
    Congratulations, well done!! I’m sure Ted Baillieu is right, come 2015 I too predict the project will boast 499999 plus one from Ted himself.
    All the best for tomorrow, I’ll be there in spirit.


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