Victoria, Briagolong, So Many Poppies in One Little Town

EVENT DATE:  Tuesday 10 November – Sunday 15 November 2015

Imagine a sea of poppies spreading through parklands, covering a little cabin, cascading down from behind red velvet curtains or hanging in long dreamy strands from the high ceiling of a heritage hall.

5000 Poppies is a beautiful, community tribute of respect and remembrance which started small and has now grown beyond all expectations. It struck such a chord that the project managers had to stop counting once they reached 257,000 hand crafted poppies! Many of these came from regional areas including many thousands from Gippsland.

And now they are coming back.

Proudly supported by the Briagolong Mechanics Institute, Briagolong RSL, Regional Arts Victoria, Wellington Shire Council and Creative Gippsland.

With the support of all six Gippsland shires, the 5000 Poppies are also going to be on display in Newhaven, Morwell, Warragul, Trafalgar, Briagolong, Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance, Paynesville, Orbost and Omeo. You will be able to find more information about these exhibitions at Creative Gippsland as it comes to hand.

Date:  Tuesday 10 November – Sunday 15 November
Venue:  Briagolong Mechanics Institute
Address: Maffra-Briagolong Rd, Briagolong
Venue:  Briagolong RSL Log Cabin & Anzac Park
Address: Avon St, Briagolong
Entry:  Free


Mechanics’ Institutes have long been an important part of rural Australian Communities, a place where the community came together to be educated and socialise. Briagolong is one of the few Victorian towns that has its Mechanics’ Institute fully intact and still caters with the current needs of the community now, as it did in the 1880’s and early to mid 1900’s.

The Mechanics Institute had many functions, one of which was adult education. The Briagolong Mechanics’ Institute now incorporates the Briagolong Community House, a place where the community can learn a vast range of new skills from craft to computing. Although now a substantially larger building, the original institute started with only two rooms. The supper and reading rooms were the first to be built in 1874; the hall provided a venue for entertainment, and the reading room a place where people could read the burgeoning library resources and newspapers. Those who were members of the Institute were entitled to use all facilities after they paid a yearly membership fee.

For more information visit the Briagolgong Mechanics Institute website.