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Poppy seed from France : a tribute from the children of Villers-Bretonneux / compiled by Linda Emery
Bib ID 8048112
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Berrima District Historical & Family History Society, issuing body
 
Edition First. 
Description Mittagong, NSW : Berrima District Historical & Family History Society Inc, 2019 
ISBN 9780648335313 (paperback)
Summary

In January 1920, the director of the Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Joseph Henry Maiden, received a parcel from France, sent to him by Ettie Rout, Secretary of the New Zealand Volunteer Sisters. The box contained poppy seed gathered in the Somme Valley by the school children of Villers Bretonneux and came with a request that the seed be distributed to the relatives of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who had fallen fighting on the battlefields. Joseph Maiden kept registers of seeds and plants coming in and out of the Botanic Gardens so the names were recorded of all those people who applied for and received poppy seed to plant in their gardens in memory of their loved ones. Poppy Seed From France has involved tracing the recipients of the seed and the soldiers in whose memory they were planted. Of almost 1100 names listed in the registers, 650 have now been connected to soldiers who died during World War I. The book contains short biographies of Joseph Maiden and Ettie Rout, stories of some of the soldiers and a listing of all those who received poppy seed and where possible, the soldier connected to them.

Subjects Military history.  |  Military history.  |  World War, 1914-1918 -- Anniversaries, etc.  |  Australia -- History.  |  Australian history  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Emery, Linda, compiler

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