Charleville’s pop­pies in the big­ger pic­ture

Chinchilla News - - BEST OF THE WEST - Jorja McDon­nell jorja.mcdon­nell@west­ern­starnews.com

AT CHARLEVILLE’S Big Birth­day Bash pa­rade ear­lier this year, plenty of lo­cals stopped to craft a pa­per poppy or two.

Now they have be­come part of the big pic­ture, or rather, a large sculp­ture hon­our­ing the Ar­mistice cen­te­nary.

Charleville was one of many towns in­volved in cre­at­ing 57,705 pa­per pop­pies – one for each Queens­land soldier who en­listed in World War I.

Most were made at com­mu­nity events like Charleville’s Big Birth­day Bash, the Ekka in Bris­bane, and of course the Birdsville Races.

Oth­ers or­dered a poppy-mak­ing kit on­line so they could con­trib­ute from places where com­mu­nity events didn’t host a ‘big R’ to fill with the pa­per flow­ers.

While the com­pleted memo­rial won’t be com­ing to Charleville be­fore Re­mem­brance Day, the flow­ers made by crafty lo­cals will travel a long way.

The in­stal­la­tion has just been to Townsville and will move on to Mackay, Lon­greach and Bund­aberg be­fore fi­nally ar­riv­ing in Bris­bane.

PHOTO: MICHAEL GREVES

FIT­TING TRIB­UTE: Pop­pies made by Charleville lo­cals are a part of the strik­ing art in­stal­la­tion for Re­mem­brance Day.

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