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Cunard and 100 Years of Anzac Poppy Installation

05 March 2015

ANZAC Cunard memorial red poppies

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth was in Sydney recently before setting off to Gallipoli as part of her world voyage.

The Cunard liner formed the backdrop to a moving tribute to Australia’s Anzac heroes. A two-metre high Poppy Wall was constructed and Sydneysiders paid their respects by purchasing a red poppy on the wall.

Formed in the shape of “100”, to mark the upcoming centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, the wall was filled with 11,500 poppies, representing the number of Australians and New Zealanders who lost their lives in the 1915 campaign.

Visitors donated a gold coin for each poppy and were invited to leave a personalised message in a special commemorative book. All donations are to go to Legacy.

Representing Cunard, Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry said the line was honoured to pay tribute to the Anzacs during Queen Elizabeth’s Sydney visit.

“Cunard’s proud 175-year maritime legacy is interwoven with our military history. Since the Crimean war in 1853, Cunard ships have assisted Allied forces in times of warfare, including during the First World War when 20 Cunard ships were lost,” Ms Sherry said.

April5 CEO, Alicia Beachley, who worked with Cunard, said: “The interactive nature of the installation allowed people to connect and leave messagesas well as pay their respects to our fallen men and women.”

Reflecting Cunard’s strong connection with Australian and New Zealand troops, the Poppy Wall and the book was moved onto Queen Elizabeth. It will form the centrepiece for a memorial service onboard the liner on April 24 as she sails the waters off the Gallipoli Peninsula.