Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Lest We Forget

ANZAC Day Saturday 25 April 2015- Melbourne
This year was the Centenary of the ANZACs, marking 100 years since Australia and New Zealand's involvement in the First World War. We remember not only the original ANZACs who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but also, more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women. 

For more than a decade the school were I work has been affiliated with the Malaya and Borneo Veterans. This year was my very first ANZAC Day March where I  watched our students proudly carry the banner and flags and joined with the Veterans in the march along St. Kilda Road, up to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. 

Feberation Square Steps
It was cold and wet but that did not deter our students, our veterans and the thousands of people who lined St. Kilda Road to honour our armed forces and veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, our freedom and our way of life. 

Handmade Poppies line both side of
St. Kilda Road,  Melbourne
Malaya & Borneo Veterans Luncheon

Handmade poppies lined both sides of St. Kilda Road and the steps of Federation Square. Our textile students contributed 100 handmade poppies to this display and were very happy to have been part of the "5000 Poppies Project. After the march we were privileged to join the Malaya Borneo Vets at lunch where we listened to their stories funny and sad. 

So why do we make ANZAC biscuits, especially at this time of the year? ANZAC biscuits received their name during the First World War, when biscuits were made without eggs so they would keep longer for the soldiers. See Recipe here


April 25 is also the anniversary of the passing of my grandmother in 2003 aged 96, RIP Isabella Langley.


  1. I love the handmade poppies. So beautiful and they truly represent the lives of those tragically cut short xx

  2. What a wonderful post, the poppies are so moving...

    1. Thanks Sue, it was quite a moving day all round.

  3. Thank you for your informative blog post. The poppies look amazing, like a red sea. It must have been interesting to hear first had stories of the veterans. Your biscuits look amazing good to make when I run out of eggs.
    Have a lovely weekend.

    1. These ANZAC biscuits are very morish ( is that a word?) Jude Magee http://judemagee.com
      made them to send to her son in the forces in the middle east. They arrived perfect and he loved them.

  4. I love your recipe, and as you say it has a very special place in my heart, my son loved them whilst he was serving in Afghanistan, and often requests them when he's coming home for a break. Thank you so much . Jude x

    1. Hi Jude, I am so glad you managed to make these, they are a firm favourite in my house too.