The legacy of the ANZACs is huge part of Australian identity.
For many, it is the personification of being Australian, larrikinism, endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and above all, mateship.
To commemorate the legend of the ANZACS, Central revealed ‘The Poppy Project’ on 24 April 2015.
The Poppy Project was organised by two of Central’s Fashion lecturers, Anna Kotai and Ruby Glendining, as a tribute of respect and remembrance to commemorate the ANZAC centenary.
Inspired by the ‘5000 Poppies’, a nationwide, grassroots tribute of respect and remembrance, Anna and Ruby led volunteers to create individual poppies, before combining them into one.
The participants created several hundred poppies by either knitting, crocheting, or sewing different materials like felt, buttons, sequins and wire together.
Anna and Ruby then combined the individual poppies into one giant poppy using chicken wire. The finished piece was roughly 2.2 metres tall and 1.8 metres wide and weighed 12 kilograms.
The giant poppy was unveiled, along with a plaque acknowledging the role Perth Technical School (now Central) students played during the First World War, at a low-key ceremony attended by about 40 guests at 30 Aberdeen Street.
Central is forever linked with the ANZAC legend, with former students forming part of the 11th Battalion, which was among the first infantry units raised during the First World War and the first from WA.
The 11th Battalion, following stints of training in Egypt, took part in the Gallipoli landing in April 1915 a sacrifice that will not be forgotten.
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.