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Centenary of Armistice 1918–2018: Program of events

Detail of knitted poppies from the display

5000 Poppies—a tribute

A sea of handcrafted red poppies, an unforgettable tribute to the Australian men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War, will carpet the Parliament House Forecourt to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, 11 November, 1918.

Two vast displays of poppies, lovingly created by 5000 Poppies project volunteers—many of whom are descendants of original Anzacs—will be installed in the Marble Foyer and on the Forecourt, with a direct line of sight to the Australian War Memorial.

The displays connect with the 62,000 poppies installed on the Memorial’s grounds representing every Australian life lost in the First World War.

Australians young and old are invited to walk through this evocative tribute designed to ensure that the men and women who gave their all will never be forgotten.

We will remember them.

Forecourt poppy installation
9–18 November

Marble Foyer poppy installation
9 November–3 February (closed Christmas Day)

Cost: Free (no booking required)


Glass slouch hat from Lest We Forget exhibition

Lest we forget

Since 2014 the Parliament House Art Collection has acquired more than 100 artworks to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac. The paintings, sculpture and photography in this exhibition honour more than a century of service in conflict and peacekeeping operations.

Dates: 9 November–3 February (closed Christmas Day)
Location: Exhibition area, level 1
Cost: Free (no booking required)

Painting from From War exhibition

From War

This exhibition by the Australian National Veterans Arts Museum (ANVAM) brings together works from the collections of ANVAM and the Parliament House Art Collection. It tells the stories of veteran artists and poets, for whom making art is both an expression of personal creativity and a way of ‘making meaning’.

Dates: 9 November–3 February (closed Christmas Day)
Location: Great Hall, level 1, outer walls
Cost: Free (no booking required)

Film screening

Actor Brendan Cowell as Oliver Oliver Woodward in Beneath Hill 60

Beneath Hill 60 (M), 2010

On Remembrance Day, November 11, at 2pm there will be a special free screening in the Parliament House Theatre of the 2010 film Beneath Hill 60. The film is based on the true story of the soldiers of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, who helped lay 20 huge mines under German front line positions prior to the Battle of Messines, in June 1917.

Date: 11 November
Time: 2.00pm
Location: Theatre, level 1
Cost: Free (no booking required)

Who are 5000 Poppies?

Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight set out to crochet 120 red poppies to ‘plant’ at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne for Remembrance Day in 2013, in honour of their fathers. This simple tribute of love and honour has sparked a massive community outpouring, with an estimated 50,000 contributors to the project and hundreds of smaller localised tributes in Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Nearly one million handcrafted poppies have been contributed from all over the world, from children as young as two through to people aged 102. In March 2015, 5000 Poppies teamed up for the first time with award winning landscape designer Phillip Johnson to create the first of their large-scale tributes, which have previously featured at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (2015), the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London (2016) and the Cobbers Memorial in Fromelles, France (2016), and the Australian War Memorial, Canberra (2018).

5000 Poppies logoPhilip Johnson Landscapes logo 

Who is ANVAM?

Australian National Veterans Arts Museum (ANVAM) is a Melbourne-based national veterans charity, cultural institution and Public Benevolent Institution whose purpose is to support the physical, social and mental well-being of veterans and families through the arts.


This program would not be possible without our partners:

Department of Veterans's Affairs logo

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs

European Union logo

The European Union is a proud partner of this moving tribute. It reminds us of the sacrifices made and the values that bind Europe and Australia together: peace, democracy, human rights, solidarity and the rule of law. We can never take them for granted and together we can pursue them for the benefit of all.


Australian National Veterans Arts Museum (ANVAM)


Lest we forget: Amanda PENROSE HART (1963-) Gallipoli (detail), 2016, Parliament House Art Collection

From War: Guy WARREN AM (1921-) Mirrors of the mind (detail), 1985, Parliament House Art Collection