• Hannah Phillips

Poppies in the Parliament

Two women, Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight, have done an enormous amount to brighten the corridors of power.

There will be a carpet of 5,000 handcrafted red poppies covering the Parliament House forecourt to celebrate the centenary of the Armistice in 1918.

On Thursday 30,000 poppies went on display in Parliament’s Marble Hall to complement the 62,000 poppies that have been planted around the Australian War Memorial.

The handmade poppies are a tribute to the many thousands of volunteers, some of them over 100 years of age, who knitted or crocheted the poppies.

Each one represents an Australian soldier who lost his life in the First World War.

The idea of a field of poppies was conceived by Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight in 2012 and the first major project was to create a field of poppies in France to acknowledge the centenary of the battle of Fromelles.

The installation of the poppies at the War Memorial and at Parliament House is the culmination of their work.

The project has come a long way since Lynn and Margaret first created 120 poppies for a ceremony in Victoria.

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