Council's red poppies heading to Gallipoli

When Shellharbour City resident Donna Brothersons starts her journey to Gallipoli this Wednesday 18 April, she will be taking poppies lovingly made by local residents along with her.

Ms Brothersons got in touch with Council after seeing a social media post asking people to make red poppies for its Anzac Day display.

She wanted to know if she could take a poppy or two with her and said she would go in search of local soldiers’ graves.

Not all Shellharbour soldiers who died have a known grave, but at the very least she plans to take a photo of the poppies at Gallipoli to pay tribute.

Earlier this month Shellharbour City Council called on the community to knit or crochet red poppies for an Anzac Day Display which will be showcased in the City Library from this Friday 20 April.

The completed poppies are a way to acknowledge our fallen soldiers and will create a striking display when presented together.

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said she was touched that Ms Brothersons reached out to Council in an effort to add even more meaning to the red poppy initiative.

“Ms Brothersons kind offer to take a few of our poppies to Gallipoli in honour of local soldiers who fought and died for our country is just beautiful,” Cr Saliba said.

“To know that some of these poppies, which were made with love and pride by local residents, will be making the journey to Gallipoli to honour the local men who sacrificed their lives on our behalf is very special.”

The launch of Council’s ‘Pledge for Poppies’ display will be held Friday 20 April. Those who contributed will be thanked with a light morning tea which will coincide with the Knitters Group session at City Library.

According to Council records the following Shellharbour soldiers served at Gallipoli.

(A * marks those killed in action. Not all soldiers have a known grave.)

1.         Percival Edward Addison
2.         Leonard John Banfield  *
3.         Frederick Henry Bennett
4.         Henry Thomas Walter Brown
5.         Ernest Alfred Foreman
6.         John Robert Fraser
7.         Andrew Fuller
8.         Colin Dunmore Fuller
9.         Charles Harper
10.       Wilfred Charles Healey
11.       Lancelot Vicary Horniman
12.       Robert Geoffrey Horniman
13.       Robert David Jones *
14.       Robert Rolton Lindsay
15.       Edward MacFarlane MacFarlane *
16.       George Henry Mears
17.       William Stanley Missingham
18.       Milton James Leslie Morrison
19.       Robert Roxby Parkinson
20.       Frederick William Abraham Peachey
21.       Sydney Bernard Rae
22.       Selwyn James Rogan
23.       William Stanley Rogan
24.       Walter John Thomas
25.       Patrick Francis Timbs
26.       Percy Uden *
27.       Leslie Herbert Wallace
28.       Henry Gunning Webb
29.       Frederick Albert Weir

For more information on the soldiers visit 

For more information contact the City Library on 4221 6222.

Media enquiries: Kelli Wells 0448 361 008
Donna Brothersons: 0421 418 517