On Armistice Day – Lest We Forget

ww1-recuitment-posters3Above is part of a collection of World War One (WW1) recruitment posters, (A gift by Horace H.J. Roberts). Over 200 Parliamentary Recruiting Committee and Parliamentary War Saving Committee posters were published before the introduction for conscription in January 1916.

The posters were designed as positive and negative propaganda to aid recruitment and to encourage donation to the war effort; which was aimed at domestic civilian audiences.

  • Expatriate Australian artists in London such as Will Dyson were employed to design such posters.

poppies-anzacThis poppy installation [featured above] comes from the Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight installation entitled “From Little Things Big Things Grow.”

It was described as something that began as a small tribute by two Australian women as their personal tribute to their fathers who fought in World War Two (WW2), which became a nationwide outpouring of respect and remembrance to all those who served their countries in all wars, conflicts and peace-keeping operations.

Lynn and Margaret set out to crochet a humble 120 poppies to plant around the 14/32nd Battalion’s tree in the Avenue of Honour at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance for its Remembrance Day event in 2014.

Its simple tribute of love and honour has sparked massive community interest with an estimated 50,000 plus contributors to what is now a nationwide project which includes  hundreds, if not thousands, of smaller localized installations throughout Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

And, as For the Fallen – “Lest We  Forget” .

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them”.

(Laurence Binyon).

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