March 14, 2015

Commemorate the Centenary of Anzac in Lithgow

Media release

An urgent call is issued to local people to knit and crochet red poppies for Anzac Day on 25 April for display in the Lithgow Library and Lithgow Gallery Lane.
“Anzac 100”, the new Gallery Lane exhibition, was inspired by the Commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac and the Lithgow & District Family History Society’s new book ‘A Long March from Lithgow’.

The Lithgow Tidy Towns is combining with the Family History Society to honour the 1307 local men and women who enlisted and who served ‘God, King and country’ in World War I, and whose names and stories are recorded in the book.

But there were many more unnamed local people who enlisted but whose names and stories were not known when the book was published and go well beyond 1307.

“Many poppies will mean a bigger and better display”, said Mrs Helen Taylor author of ‘A Long March from Lithgow’.
The exhibition will be mounted in the gardens in Gallery Lane which runs between Main Street and Woolworth’s, between 18th April and 27 April although there will room left for more poppies.

The Flanders Poppy has become the traditional emblem of remembrance for World War I. Lithgow Tidy Towns and the Lithgow & District Family History Society, Beehive Recreation Centre and their friends are knitting or crocheting red poppies which will be the focus of the display. The plan is to have at least 1307 poppies on display.

We are seeking assistance from people who can knit or crochet poppies and donate them for the display. The patterns are available from the LDFHS Resource Centre on corner of Tank & Donald Streets, on the Society’s Facebook page, the City Library, the Beehive Recreative Centre or from Alena at 80 Main Street which also has stocks of red wool at $2.75 skein and a free pattern.

Finished poppies can be left at the Society, Alena, Lithgow Library & Learning Centre or at the Beehive Recreative Centre before 18th April.

Further details can be obtained by contacting Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc in person at the Resource Centre on Fridays between 10am and 4 pm or on Tuesday nights between 6 and 9 pm or by phone on 02 6353 1089 during these hours, by email or through their facebook page. Lithgow Tidy Towns contact is Kathleen Compton, phone 0418416017


  1. Hello Wal, I have just put up on the Blue Mountains Association of Cultural Heritage Organisations Inc (BMACHO)'s Facebook page and will send an email out to our members.

    1. Thanks Jan, Lithgow people will be pleased about extra coverage.