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Next Meeting

The next meeting of the society will be held upstairs in the Meeting Room at Mittagong.

DATE:    Thursday 22nd August 2019 at 2.00pm

VENUE:  Archives and Research Centre, Mittagong

GUEST SPEAKER:  Linda Emery, BDHS Archivist

TOPIC:  Poppy Seed from France: A tribute from the children of Villers Bretonneux

Linda will speak about the Society's project to index and research the little known story of a gift of Flanders poppy seed sent to the Sydney Botanic Gardens. n 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.

The talk will tell some of the stories our volunteers have uncovered, some of which will appear in the soon-to-be published book, funded by a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Visitors are always very welcome to attend. Afternoon tea will be served after the meeting. Members please bring a plate or a gold coin donation.