Anzac sculpture to be showered with poppies

Published: 08 Nov 2018

CAPTION: Mayor Bob Manning and Iulia Wishart, who started the Cairns Poppy On project, install some of the poppies at the Centenary of Anzac sculpture at Tobruk Memorial Pool.

POPPIES created to commemorate a century of remembrance form a symbolic art installation at one of Cairns’ most prominent locations from this Friday 9 November.

More than 1000 poppies, made by local volunteers, will be placed on the Centenary of Anzac sculpture in front of the Tobruk Memorial Pool.

More than 100 volunteers –  many of whom lost family members in World War I –  participated in poppy-making workshops at Manunda Library during the past 18 months as part of the nationwide 5000 Poppies project*.

“Cairns volunteers made more than 3000 poppies, of which 750 are currently part of a Remembrance Day installation at the Australian War Memorial,” Mayor Bob Manning said.

“A further 800 were sewn into banners that will be displayed on the Cairns RSL Club balcony on Remembrance Day and the remainder will be placed on the Tobruk Pool sculpture.”

The sculpture, depicting the barbed wire that was present throughout the battlefields of World War I, was installed in the lead up to Anzac Day in 2016 as a Centenary of Anzac project.

Poppies will be affixed to the sculpture by local business Global Foliage Managers, which has donated equipment and staff to complete the project.

The poppies will remain in place for Remembrance Day.


*5000 Poppies is a project initially launched in 2013 to knit and crochet poppies for remembrance ceremonies. It has grown to be a nationwide project that has culminated with the positioning of 62,000 poppies – one for every Australian life lost in World War I – at the Australian War Memorial. See for more information.

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Last updated: 09 November 2018