Thu, September 20, 2018

Sheldon College Community Service students have been busy making poppies for the Queensland Armistice Centenary Art Installation. The students meet every week for Community Service activities led by Mrs Catherine Heiner, Sheldon College Community Service Coordinator. Mrs Heiner said, “Students have now produced 1500 poppies for the Armistice Centenary display and we are very proud of their contribution.” 

Queenslanders from across the state were invited to create some 57 705 poppies to reflect the same number of selfless Queensland soldiers who enlisted in World War I. The art installation is expected to stand over 3m high and 16m long. It will be a strong reminder of the importance to remember the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women.  This is part of a two-million-dollar program by the Queensland Government to commemorate 100 years since the signing of the Armistice to end the war in 1918.

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, in 1918, the guns fell silent on the Western Front for the first time in more than four years. A peace settlement followed with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.

The final art installation is scheduled to travel across the state to Townsville, Mackay, Longreach, Bundaberg and Brisbane between 6 October and 11 November 2018. Look out for details closer to the event and pop into South Bank to see the installation in November.