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Billanook College Poppy Project

24th Apr 2019,

During the First World War red poppies filled the battlefields of northern France and Belgium. Forever synonymous with the sacrifice of our fallen soldiers, the poppy continues to be a powerful symbol of remembrance.

The ANZAC spirit permeates our culture. The recognition of the soldiers’ sacrifice is as relevant now as it has ever been, and it is essential that we continue to honour their memory.

Billanook is extremely fortunate to partner with Phillip Johnson, internationally renowned landscape designer, and the 5000 Poppies Project to create a poppy installation at the College, along the banks of Brushy Creek. With the installation to be ceremoniously unveiled at our annual ANZAC Day Service held on Wednesday 24 April 2019.

Phillip Johnson has created moving memorials with uniquely crafted crochet poppies since his Gold Medal and Best in Show win at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show. In conjunction with Lynne Berry (OAM) from 5000 Poppies, he has helped to create moving poppy tributes in Chelsea (UK), Federation Square and The Australian War Memorial.

The success of each installation is due to the dedication of thousands of volunteers across the globe, crafting poppies as a sign of remembrance and respect. We encourage our Billanook families – extended families and the wider community, to make a crocheted poppy tribute to be included in our ANZAC Day installation.

For members of the community interested in being involved in this moving tribute, please email:



Billanook College’s Community invite you to join us at our annual ANZAC Day Service and official unveiling of the 2019 Poppy Project. Our Community have worked tirelessly to create an installation of over 5000 handcrafted poppies, commemorating the ANZAC spirit. Following the service light refreshments will be provided. Click here to RSVP

Date: Wednesday 24 April 2019 at 12:10pm
Location: Banks of Brushy Creek, Billanook College 197 Cardigan Road, Mooroolbark


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